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GoFundMe Page: Local Effort Grows to Save Mamaroneck High Murals

One of the Murals: The Defense of the Rock, From THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, painted by Harold Thresher

Update: There is now a GoFundMe Donation page available.

The fight over preservation of historic murals inside Mamaroneck High School continues.

At a meeting Thursday night organized by the Mamaroneck Historical Society, local leaders discussed alternative locations for the 80-year-old murals in order to possibly prevent their destruction.

The Mamaroneck School Board voted January 18 to approve construction of a Design and Innovation Lab that would result in the demolition of 2 murals on a former cafeteria wall. 5-6 remaining murals will be buried behind new walls.

The murals are dedicated to James Fenimore Cooper, who lived in Mamaroneck, and his novels, including his most famous book, “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Mamaroneck Historical Society Co-President John Pritts says he was heartened that representatives from the three local municipalities “each suggested public buildings in each of their areas that might be considered for relocating our James Fenimore Cooper murals.”

Meanwhile, a group of concerned residents, “Save the Mamaroneck High School WPA Era Murals,” has been organizing a fundraiser to “cover the cost of removal, restoration (if possible and necessary), storage (until a suitable new home is found), and reinstallation,” according to Debb Mastromatteo, an MHS Alumna and one of the founders of the group. “The estimate for removal alone is around 150k, so a good deal of money will be required.”

The donations will be collected through a GoFundMe effort, to be announced.

Ms. Mastromatteo said she was in communication with Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps, who, she says, “expressed a willingness on the part of the BOE to work with us by providing limited additional time to remove the murals, or as many as possible based on funding, prior to the start of construction. This is a huge step forward and we are so pleased.”

The murals were installed and dedicated at the school 80 years ago on Sept. 15, 1941 –Cooper’s birthday.

Polly Kreisman
Polly Kreisman
Polly Kreisman founded and began publishing theLoop in 2007. She is a 15-time Emmy Award winning former television reporter. In New York she worked at WPIX TV, WWOR TV, WNBC TV and NY1. She covered politics on Capitol Hill in Washington DC earlier in her career. For the past several years she has pursued professional acting roles in film, television and commercials. She is the mother of twins and two baldly behaved dogs, and lives in Larchmont.


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Mary Ann
February 17, 2022 8:32 PM

FYI, There is now a GoFundMe to help save the murals…

Jeff Talbot
Jeff Talbot
February 15, 2022 9:55 AM

Do we really need to get rid of all history ? To me it seems as if the world has gone (among other things) “woke” crazy, but who am I, only a 1965 graduate of that school (MHS) that needed to be woke up a lot of the time. And, at times would have liked to burn some books too 😮 but now, WTF is going on?

Judith H. Darsky
Judith H. Darsky
February 6, 2022 6:13 PM

Hopefully the “Go Fund Me” will be connected to a 501C3, perhaps the school system, or the Historical Society. Tax deductibility will result in greater amounts of money raised.

Congratulations to Save the Murals!
Congratulations to Save the Murals!
February 6, 2022 2:07 AM

I am so happy that this effort has been undertaken. Having taught American History at MHS for 28 yrs I loved the murals and understand their historical importance. Thank you!

How wonderful! Thank you very much for this update
How wonderful! Thank you very much for this update
February 5, 2022 2:57 PM

How wonderful! Thank you very much for this update on the murals and a big thank you to all making their voices heard in an effort to preserve them! Bravo!

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