2015 Year End Appeal
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As I write this letter I watch the arrival of a yellow school bus filled with excited children on their first visit to The Hermitage. For many, this will be their first visit to a historic site. I wish you could see for yourself what they will experience here—the joy of discovering the world of the past. They will try on old fashioned clothing, see how people once cooked and lived, and study letters of from the 19th and early 20th centuries. When they leave many will say, “this was the best school trip ever!"
The Hermitage is your local treasure: a house so unique it has been named a National Historic Landmark; a beautiful place near home to stroll under the shade of its leafy trees; collections and exhibitions that bring the past to life, and many educational programs and events. The Hermitage is a special resource that helps define our idea of who we are and what our roots are in this place we call home.
The future of The Hermitage rests with its community, people like you and me. Friends of the Hermitage needs your help this year as never before. Here’s why: The Hermitage has obtained grants (such as the generous grants from United Water for Jersey City 4th graders—2,000 children, to visit The Hermitage) for specific educational programs, but these do not keep the Museum’s doors open and are not guaranteed year to year.
State funding helps, but it is steadily decreasing, although costs are increasing. The General Operating Support grant from the State of New Jersey is $32,209 in 2014-15. The heat and air conditioning alone cost $25,000 annually.
The Hermitage’s Trustees have worked very hard to raise funds to keep the museum operating and give area residents opportunities to see the collections and participate in educational programs. Even so, we face a serious budget shortfall. Without a successful year-end campaign, The Hermitage will need to make severe cuts in staffing and programs in 2016. If this happens, education programs not funded by grants, collections care and management, and regular public tours and programs are all in jeopardy.
For all these reasons, I ask you to act quickly and to go beyond your past level of support. Please help Friends of the Hermitage in this all-important year end campaign.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and on behalf of all the Trustees and staff, I thank you for doing your part to help keep local history alive at The Hermitage.
Richard C. Brahs
The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and house museum, incorporates a stone house that was visited during the Revolutionary War by General George Washington. It was also the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Its picturesque Gothic Revival design dates to the 1847–48 renovation by the architect William H. Ranlett.
GUIDED TOURS: Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 pm. For group tours of six or more, please contact Diane Knispel at 201.445.8311 x103. Group Tours are $7 per person
The Friends of the Hermitage offer tours of The Hermitage, exhibitions of the collections, and diverse educational programming at the Hermitage Education & Conference Center. The Friends received a General Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural affairs in the Department of State.
The Friends of the Hermitage Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
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