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January 2017
Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park
19 Black House Drive
Ellsworth ME 04605
The Woodlawn News 

Happy New Year! It's January and a great time to reflect on the great things that happened at Woodlawn in 2016. We thank all who played a part in our successes this year -  our members and donors, businesses, organizations, schools, volunteers, students and guests. 

Here are some of the 2016 highlights.  The Woodlawn School Program served 1,300 students, free of charge and expanded its reach to include 13 schools from Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties. We launched a new website created locally by REACH Maine. The Ellsworth Antiques Show had a 26% increase in admissions and raised $22,000. We enjoyed a 6.9% increase in visitation during our regular season.  Woodlawn Croquet hosted 2 major tournaments attracting players from 6 states and Canada. We offered 60 programs including a nature series, master gardener series, appraisal events, lectures and workshops. A magical Christmas at Woodlawn was created for the community with the help of 30 local businesses and organizations. 

These accomplishments were achieved within budget. As we set our sights on 2017, our goal is to do more. We need your help.  Your gift today to our annual appeal will help us keep the momentum going forward. To be a part of great things at Woodlawn, support the  annual appeal with a click here.

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Woodlawn Receives $1 Million Matching Gift
for Multi-Purpose Facility

Woodlawn is pleased to announce that it has received a $1 mil
li on matching gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, in support of its Ca mpaign for Woodlawn, a fundraising effort to fund a multi-purpose facility on the 180 acre estate. This gift is in addition to a $4 million matching grant from a private foundation that Woodlawn received in September 2015. 
Read more about the gift and the project.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Makes Generous Pledge to the Campaign for Woodlawn
The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees), governing body of Woodlawn is pleased to announce the receipt of a $25,000 pledge from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (BHBT) for the Campaign for Woodlawn.

BHBT President and CEO, Curtis Simard and Sarah Catanese , Vice President Branch Relationship Manager presented the bank's $25,000 pledge to the Campaign for Woodlawn to Trustees President, Terry L. Carlisle and Woodlawn Executive Director,
Joshua Torrance. The Campaign for Woodlawn will re-establish the existing Carriage  
Barn at the historic estate, providing year-round space and growth opportunities for Woodlawn. Read more. 
Woodlawn Director Assumes

Leadership Role With American Association for State and Local History
Woodlawn executive director, Joshua Campbell Torrance, was appointed to serve as Chair of the Historic House Committee for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) at its 2016 annual meeting held in Detroit, Michigan in September.

The mission of AASLH's Historic House Museum Committee is to provide advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit historic house museums in the United States; and to ensure that AASLH's programs and services for these organizations are high quality, address identified needs of the membership, and reflect current issues and thinking in the field. Read more.
Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations Celebrated the Acadia National Park Centennial Year

The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees) celebrated the significant role it played in the formation and establishment of Acadia National Park (ANP)
during the Park's centennial celebration in 2016. 

The Trustees formed in 1901 with a mission to preserve land for public use. Their efforts were very successful and in August of 1916 they donated nearly 5,000 acres to the U.S. government. This land formed the core of what would become Acadia National Park

On August 22, 2016 a luncheon was held with ANP officials, former Trustees, and descendants of the founding Trustees to celebrate a land transfer, finalized in March, 2016, of a two-acre parcel located near Seawall and within the Park boundary. This transfer represented the sole remaining land holding of the Trustees.  Read more.

Two historical markers were set in honor of the Trustees in 2016.  On September 6, one was dedicated at the Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain and on December 7, a replica of the marker was placed in the cutting garden at Woodlawn. The markers were installed and set in place by Freshwater Stone of Orland, Maine.  Watch our video.
The final event was the release of The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations: An Historical Sketch, 2nd Edition. This new publication is an updated
of an original pamphlet published in 1939 titled, The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations: An Historical Sketch and a Record of the Holdings of the Trustees., written by Rev. Samuel A. Eliot. The book is available for purchase from our online shop.  Read more. 
2016 Christmas at Woodlawn
A Celebration of Trees

A great time was had in December with Christmas at Woodlawn activities.  The 29 businesses and organizations that decorated trees had a lot of fun and already have new ideas for 2017.  Visitors loved all the creativity and many commented that it looked like each tree had been done by professional decorators! We enjoyed this e-mail for a visitor that summed up her experience:

"I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much my parents and I enjoyed visiting Woodlawn last weekend. We went out to the Sleigh Barn to talk with the model train guys (my father's passion) and then toured the museum, enjoying all of its richness and the Christmas trees.
Certainly a treasure. Thank you." 
Julie Murchison-Harris, Community Editor, Bangor Daily News 
Public Park is Open for Winter Activities

This is the time of year when many people enjoy their visits to Woodlawn the most.  With two miles of looping trails, visitors bring their x-country skis, snowshoes and warm boots, to get outside and enjoy Maine's invigorating winter weather.  The property is open, dawn to dusk, free of charge.  Dress warm and recreate safely! A printable trail map is available on our website, click here. 
We'd love to read your Woodlawn stories and see photos from your visits.  
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