Bradford Capital Campaign Completed
It is a great honor to update you on the Bradford House campaign. This project to “Re-imagine Bradford” has been spectacularly successful and we have been busy this winter with the Bradford House, completing fundraising and running an education campaign to encourage awareness of this often-overlooked historical gem. The Re-imagine Bradford project has garnered the interest of many, including furniture expert Brock Jobe, book expert Kenneth Gloss; media features in the Duxbury Clipper, Boston Globe South, Patriot Ledger, South Shore Living, Life on the Bay and on PACTV and Chronicle.
Dozens of Duxbury residents and family foundations have supported our capital campaign, and we have received the support of granting agencies as well: Ocean Spray, the Felicia Foundation, and state agencies including the Mass Cultural Council and Mass Humanities. In March, the voters at Duxbury’s town meeting generously voted to approve our application for $42,000 to preserve and restore the windows at the Bradford House. I have been asked to present this project in June at the Massachusetts History Conference with a focus on projects that sought community participation. It is thrilling to see our Bradford Project recognized in such a way.
We have exceeded our goal of $515,830 and are bringing the capital campaign to a close. The house is scheduled to reopen on July 15 with its new exhibitions entitled, Four Bradford Daughters: Lives Well-Lived. These new exhibitions will invite you to contemplate, experience, and touch because you are now part of the re-imagined Bradford House and the Bradford family history. The remaining repairs to the house will be completed this summer, with the windows following later in the fall. Thank you, for helping us to “Re-imagine Bradford” and for giving this house a new future.
More information on the project to Re-imagine Bradford: http://duxburyhistory.org/historic-houses/bradford-house/