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Larchmont Historical Society Says It is In Danger of Closing

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from the Larchmont Historical Society:

It is with heavy hearts we write to you today to let you know that after nearly 40 years, the Larchmont Historical Society is in danger of shutting down.  Membership has been slowly declining and today it is at an all-time low. We are a completely independent non-profit; we receive no aid or funds from the Village of Larchmont, Westchester County or the state of New York. Membership dues and fundraisers, such as the much-loved Annual House Tour, are what keep us going. Unfortunately we are unable to have a House Tour this year due to low member support, lack of volunteers and dwindling funds.

But the LHS is more than the House Tour. Donations and memberships help us maintain the Historic Archives, which are open to the public and housed in the Mamaroneck Town Center. We also deliver school presentations on the history of our beloved village each spring to the fourth graders at all of the Larchmont elementary schools. Additionally, we sponsor engaging speakers and historical talks throughout the year.

If you would like to purchase or renew a membership, please visit LarchmontHistory.org.

To volunteer your time and talent, please email archives@larchmonthistory.org.

And to donate today, please click HERE.

Thank you for your consideration,

The Larchmont Historical Society Board


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Susan Kotzur
Susan Kotzur
February 9, 2020 11:57 AM

I think the historic past of a town is so important.
I live in Kent Cliffs and the historical society is in the same
predicament. Low membership and getting the residents involved.
We are currently working to get the One Room School House on
Farmers Mills Rd. open again. Hopefully the dream will come true,
and local school children will be able to sit in the desks that the children
in 1940 and earlier learned their ABC’s.

Karen Selman
Karen Selman
February 7, 2020 1:26 PM

Perhaps you should specify what funds are needed to keep the LHS going. Membership goal and the fee to join are also key details.

old house enthusiast
old house enthusiast
February 5, 2020 11:38 AM

Having lived in town for almost 20 years and attended several open house tours, I have to say trying to interact with the historical society is hard to do. Where do you solicit members? What’s the community outreach? Is there a newsletter? Do you contribute articles about interesting historical houses in the area to any local publications? Do you welcome area students to do research? At one point I wanted to make a visit but if I’m remembering correctly, it was by appointment only and only on a weekday (too bad if you work for a living). It would be sad to lose such an organization, but it’s almost invisible, except for the (admittedly expensive) house tours.

Karen Robb
Karen Robb
February 7, 2020 12:20 PM

Members receive the Wonderful Printed Newsletter . Which is also available paperless. We have had some weekend events based on prohibition times etc. also the newsletter does highlight Summer Cottages and other fun facts about Larchmont. Fountain Square designer Helena Flint etc. we’d love to get you more Info . Best Regards Karen Robb

amanda schlumberger
amanda schlumberger
February 5, 2020 11:16 AM

It will take a village to save our Larchmont Historical Society! Please help by joining and/or donating today! With your support we can continue our efforts preserving our history, educating our children on our rich history, and bring back the house tour!!

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