Hearthside leaders grateful for support

Hearthside leaders grateful for support

It was 12 years ago that a group of enthusiastic volunteers forged an effort to open Lincoln's Hearthside House to the public and establish it as a house museum - not an easy undertaking, especially at a time when the economy was just starting to tank. I'm proud to say we've been successful thus far. Because of the tireless efforts of dozens of volunteers who are passionately committed to preserving Hearthside, this former residence has been transformed into an award-winning house museum and a destination in the Blackstone Valley for tourists and residents alike.

While it has taken a lot of dedication and hard work, many may not realize the important role that our local newspaper, The Valley Breeze, has had in our successful development. Without the public being made aware of Hearthside, this success simply could not have happened. With so little funding, advertising is not an option that we have. Over the years, The Valley Breeze did not just report the news about Hearthside, but really embraced us in our infancy and supported us throughout our growth. Year after year, our events - teas, garden parties, fall festivals, Christmas festivities, antique fairs, Civil War reenactments, special lectures, exhibits and historic house tours - have consistently received prominent coverage, both before the event and with photos capturing those activities. Our meeting notices, solicitations for volunteers, announcements of awards and news about the latest discoveries or restoration projects have also been the subject of hundreds of articles and photo essays. Today, The Breeze continues to contribute to our success through ongoing coverage and gives just as much attention to getting the word out about Lincoln's treasured historic landmark as it did a decade ago. The result of this coverage has had a broad impact. Having published articles as proof of our success has helped to bring in numerous grants to fund critical repairs. While it has always been a widely-recognized building, most people did not know the name "Hearthside" unless they saw a picture of it. Thanks to The Breeze, the "name and face of Hearthside" has grown exponentially. Not only has this publicity resulted in thousands of visitors coming to Lincoln each year to see Hearthside (and who spend time and money here during their visit), but it has also attracted an ongoing flow of volunteers who are willing to give of their time and talent to help preserve this beautiful town-owned property. Instead of an empty shell of a historic building, Hearthside is now an active and thriving center for the community to come together to learn and celebrate its past.

While it has taken a lot of dedication and hard work, many may not realize the important role that our local newspaper, The Valley Breeze, has had in our successful development. Without the public being made aware of Hearthside, this success simply could not have happened. With so little funding, advertising is not an option that we have. Over the years, The Valley Breeze did not just report the news about Hearthside, but really embraced us in our infancy and supported us throughout our growth. Year after year, our events - teas, garden parties, fall festivals, Christmas festivities, antique fairs, Civil War reenactments, special lectures, exhibits and historic house tours - have consistently received prominent coverage, both before the event and with photos capturing those activities. Our meeting notices, solicitations for volunteers, announcements of awards and news about the latest discoveries or restoration projects have also been the subject of hundreds of articles and photo essays. Today, The Breeze continues to contribute to our success through ongoing coverage and gives just as much attention to getting the word out about Lincoln's treasured historic landmark as it did a decade ago. The result of this coverage has had a broad impact. Having published articles as proof of our success has helped to bring in numerous grants to fund critical repairs. While it has always been a widely-recognized building, most people did not know the name "Hearthside" unless they saw a picture of it. Thanks to The Breeze, the "name and face of Hearthside" has grown exponentially. Not only has this publicity resulted in thousands of visitors coming to Lincoln each year to see Hearthside (and who spend time and money here during their visit), but it has also attracted an ongoing flow of volunteers who are willing to give of their time and talent to help preserve this beautiful town-owned property. Instead of an empty shell of a historic building, Hearthside is now an active and thriving center for the community to come together to learn and celebrate its past.

On behalf of all the volunteers and supporters of Hearthside, and the residents of the town of Lincoln, we sincerely thank the staff of The Valley Breeze for their ongoing support and for being such a vital partner in not only reporting the news, but in helping to build a desirable community.

Kathy Hartley

Founder and President,

Friends of Hearthside, Inc.