Seymour Historical Society Members and Supporters:
Happy 2014! The Seymour Historical Society moves into the new year with plans to wrap up our five-year renovation of the Katharine Matthies Homestead, launch a new educational initiative and present a full slate of exciting programs focusing on local, state and national history.
This is the time of year when we invite our supporters to purchase an annual membership or to become life members. Your dues go to support a community-minded, non-profit organization that operates without one nickel of taxpayer money. You contribute to the preservation of Seymour historical documents and artifacts and to the maintenance of one of the town’s historic buildings. And you do yourself a favor as well. After all, members get into all our programs for free, while non-members pay a $5 donation for admission.
This is also when we thank our growing roster of life members for their outstanding support and humbly ask them – and everyone else – to consider making a monetary donation to the Society. For those who donate $20 or more above membership costs, we offer gifts in the form of T-shirts, tote bags, throw blankets and vintage maps of Seymour. You can choose the item you want when you fill out the enclosed membership form.
Here are some of the things to look forward to in 2014:
►High-quality programs. Last year, more than 800 people attended our programs, which included presentations on 19th-century fashion, Civil War medicine, and Connecticut birds of prey. The emotional highlight came when Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr told her life story to a packed house. This year’s schedule includes presentations on Lake Zoar and the Stevenson Dam; the old New Haven & Derby Railroad; legendary author Edgar Allen Poe; and an Antiques Roadshow-type event during which guests will be able to get estimates on the value of their heirlooms.
►Expanded exhibits: We’re turning part of the garage of the Katharine Matthies House into exhibit space. Among the items featured will be vintage signs from businesses that played a key role in Seymour history.
►Improved facilities: This year’s renovation work, covered by a grant from a private foundation, includes fresh paint on the first and second floors and upgrades to our bathrooms. By March, we’ll have a functional restroom on the second floor of the house for the first time in years.
►Community involvement: This spring, the Society will launch an educational program in which retired teachers will offer Seymour history lessons to schoolchildren brought to our museum for field trips. Our long-standing alliance with the Boy Scouts will lead to a fourth Eagle Scout performing his community service project at the Katharine Matthies House. And, as always, our board members will play key leadership roles in organizing Seymour’s annual Founder’s Day celebration.
In closing, we want to again thank you for your support. We take no pleasure in asking you for your hard-earned money, but the reality is that funding is scarce for non-profit organizations and we rely on community support to cover operating costs and to leverage grants from private foundations. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the Seymour Historical Society or its programs.
Seymour Historical Society
The 2014 Membership Letter and Application is attached below in Word and PDF formats. Please consider printing it, filling it out, and either sending it in or bringing it with you on your next visit.