About this project
Fruitlands Museum is Turning 100!
Help us publish the commemorative book, 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands
100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands is a commemorative crowd-sourced book, created by the members and guests who have loved and supported Fruitlands throughout its long history—that's why funding the project through Kickstarter made perfect sense.
We asked the public to vote on their favorite objects from Fruitlands collection. We've counted the votes and have the top 100 that will be part of the book. Next we collected 100 stories from members, fans and friends of Fruitlands about an object that they felt a connection to, or a memorable experience at the Museum. The final files will go to our book designer in March and to the printer in May. The book will be finished and ready to go on the shelves at the Museum Store by the end of June.
Essays on the history of the Museum are being written by Richard Francis (author, Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia), Cecilia Macheski (Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY) and Dr. Michael Volmar, Chief Curator, Fruitlands Museum.
The entire project will cost around $35k. We're asking for $5k from Kickstarter, but would of course, love to raise more. We plan to fund the rest of the book from private donors and other fundraising avenues.
Funding will be used for photographers, book designer, editorial services, ISBN number and printing costs.
A Little History
Lest you think Fruitlands is a Museum of fruit, here is a short history. In June of 1843, transcendentalist Bronson Alcott and a handful of followers left Concord, Massachusetts and moved to this farmhouse in Harvard, Massachusetts. Alcott brought his wife and four young daughters, including 10-year-old Louisa May. They called this place Fruitlands because they intended to live off the "fruits of the land." More information on the Alcott's time at Fruitlands can be found here.
Fast forward to June 21st, 1914. Boston socialite, Clara Endicott Sears, opened Fruitlands as a museum of Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands experiment and the transcendental movement. Throughout Miss Sears' life, Fruitlands grew to include collections dedicated to the Harvard Shakers, the Native Americans and American Art.
100 Years Later
Today, Fruitlands is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of our collections within a unique museum campus. We offer outreach programs to underserved communities and senior groups. We welcome school groups and offer art classes, a plein air program, environmental programs and so much more. Our 200+ acre grounds include 2.5 miles of hiking trails, a restaurant that serves locally sourced food and a Museum Store with fine handcrafts by local artisans.
We've created rewards for your generous donations including a copy of the book to be published, one-year family memberships, Fruitlands centennial swag, and even your choice of a limited edition archival quality print from an exhibit of watercolors by Harvard, Mass. artist Agnes Anne Abbot (1897 - 1992). (Quantities of each print are limited and will be chosen on a first donate, first served basis.)
A new reward has been added for the $250+ level. Our friends at Digital Silver Imaging have graciously offered to provide a museum quality print of our painting Mt. Ascutney from Claremont, New Hampshire by Albert Bierstadt, 1862, as a new donor reward. The 10 x 14 print will be reproduced on acid free paper and matted - perfect for framing! To those of you who have already given at these levels, not to worry, you're grandfathered in!
Help us celebrate 100 years by supporting our Kickstarter campaign. Thanks!
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As a nonprofit we are used to searching for the best prices and donations of services wherever possible. We've set a realistic budget and with the help of Kickstarter and other fundraising sources we feel confident we will be able to make this project a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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