Members and Friends of the Historic Winslow House:
“When something beautiful falls into your hands you have a responsibility to keep this that way.”
Statesman John Winthrop Sears (1930-2014) wrote this in a letter to his father in 1974, near the end of the latter’s life. Sears’ words, it seems to me, capture in perfect simplicity the task that is ever at hand in sustaining the 1699 Historic Winslow House. As my father, David A. Mittell, invariably defined it in private conversation, as well as in letters like this one, the Winslow House is “Marshfield’s historic treasure.” Being such, it has inspired a long treasury – treasures themselves – of mainly local supporters of our beautifully-preserved and all-but-unique Jacobean house. In John Sears’ quirky eloquence they have toiled to “keep this that way.”
As we prepare for the 2015 season, the house is also very much a place of the present and future. Under our dynamic new executive director, Aaron Dougherty, the highlights of the 2014 season were many and varied.
It also is important to remember that while the Isaac Winslow House is ever our first responsibility, the Historic Winslow House Association is also responsible for several other ancient buildings and treasures:
* The 18’th-century Ford House, so-called because it was moved to Marshfield from a site near Plymouth Rock by Edward Ford in preparation for the 300’th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims, in 1920.
* A modern carriage shed housing an antique sleigh and several carriages, including Daniel Webster’s.
* Daniel Webster’s law office, currently kept on our property on behalf of the Daniel Webster Estate.
* An ancient working forge, which was saved and moved from elsewhere in Marshfield in 1976.
* The 1835 Marcia Thomas House, which was saved from urban renewal, moved to the Webster Street side of the property, and serves as headquarters of the Marshfield Historical Society.
Please note that the Daniel Webster law office, forge, and the Marcia Thomas House, although on Historic Winslow House Association land, are owned and funded by our friends at the Marshfield Historical Society and Daniel Webster Estate, respectively.
Your governors take their mission as a calling, but are not prophets. Government and corporate support for house museums cannot be taken for granted. As we enter the 2015 season we turn to 500 of our most faithful past supporters. We ask you to make as generous a contribution as you can to help keep Marshfield’s historic treasure “that way.”
David A. Mittell, Jr.
Historic Winslow House Association
If you are interested in donating, please visit: <http://www.winslowhouse.org/join-us/donations/>.