Dear Friend of Hale Farm & Village,
It is often said that Hale Farm & Village has a soul. A “magical” place. An Akron and Summit County “treasure.” True, there is no place like it in all of Ohio and for so many of us Hale Farm & Village holds a special place in our hearts.
Hale Farm & Village (HFV) is pleased to announce that effective April 27, 2020 through June 30, 2020,
The Hanes Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 all new contributions made to the HFV Annual Fund!
We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to double your contribution to Hale Farm & Village in these challenging times.
We wish to thank The Hanes Family Foundation for its important continued support of HFV and WRHS.
Hale Farm & Village is owned and operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), one of the largest and most diversified historical societies in the United States.
In 1956, Clara Belle Ritchie gifted Hale Farm & Village to WRHS, to “establish The Hale Farm as a museum, open to the public to the end that the greatest number of persons may be informed as to the history and culture of the Western Reserve.” We know the story well, but it bears repeating as a reminder that we have continued to honor Miss Richie for more than 60 years. Today, new generations of students and families are continuing to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Hale Farm & Village serves more than 80,000 guests annually, including 25,000 school children. The museum is thriving, with unique experiences for people of all ages. But it takes considerable resources to support this 99-acre site with 34 historic structures, heritage animal breeds, gardens and crop fields, spectacular vistas and venues for private parties and events. Our incredible, dedicated paid staff are the soul of the experience. And we need your support.
Thanks to you, Hale Farm & Village will absolutely survive this unprecedented crisis. I hope that you will join me in making a contribution to the Hale Farm & Village Annual Fund, so that future generations of schoolchildren and families may experience the magic of Hale, as we have.
President & CEO
Western Reserve Historical Society
Former Director, Hale Farm & Village (2008-2012)