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A Greener Tomorrow at Highfield Hall & Gardens
Community Collaboration with Woods Hole Research Center & Tesla of Cape Cod, October 2016

Highfield Hall & Gardens in Falmouth and the Woods Hole Research Center along with Tesla of Cape Cod are teaming up for a special community collaboration,   A Greener Tomorrow on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Highfield Hall.  The event will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 PM, beginning with an offer to test drive a Tesla followed by presentation by Dr. Max Holmes at 6:00 PM.
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60th CWAJ Japanese Print Show Travels to Highfield Hall & Gardens, April 2016

The show of over 200 art works will travel to Highfield after its premier in Tokyo and will feature the top printmakers in Japan today.  The exhibition will be held from June 23 to September 14, 2016.  The opening reception will be on June 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and all are invited and welcome.  The prints will be available for sale and will benefit the CWAJ scholarship and education programs and Highfield Hall & Gardens.
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Highfield Hall & Gardens introduces new garden volunteer program, February 2015

Highfield Hall & Gardens announces its new Friends of the Garden volunteer program. Interested community members are invited to attend a volunteer orientation on Saturday March 28 at 10:30 am. Highfield’s recently appointed Landscape Director, Terry Soares, will greet interested volunteers, discuss the various components of the program, introduce the new Friends Garden Shed and volunteer kiosk, serve light refreshments and offer Highfield t-shirts to all attendees.
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The Board of Trustees of Highfield Hall & Gardens has appointed Peter Franklin as its new Executive Director, September 2014

The Board of Trustees of Highfield Hall & Gardens has appointed Peter Franklin as its new Executive Director.  A Falmouth resident, Mr. Franklin has well-established ties to the greater Falmouth area and has most recently been serving as Highfield’s financial officer.
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Highfield Hall & Gardens Board of Trustees approve new Strategic Plan, December 2013

The Board of Trustees of Highfield Hall & Gardens has just announced the approval of a new strategic plan for the organization to guide the next five years of operation. “We’ve grown so quickly,” said Highfield’s President and CEO Barbara Milligan. “We had to create a unified vision in order to capitalize on the success we’ve enjoyed and ensure that we can strategically ride this momentum to long-term sustainability.” The plan, which includes a new mission statement, outlines thirteen strategic goals that are organized around the core values of visitor experience, education, cultural enjoyment, stewardship, and collaboration and community. The Plan is the result of a six-month re-visioning effort undertaken by a Strategic Planning Committee that included trustees, staff members, members and volunteers. Meg Pierce, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, chaired the committee.
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Highfield Hall & Gardens received MCC Cultural Facility Grant to Fund Landscape Restoration, July 2013

The Massachusetts Cultural Council announced that Highfield Hall & Gardens was among the organizations to receive Cultural Facility Funds in the latest round of grants. The $12,500 matching grant will fund continued work on the restoration of the Highfield landscape. Specifically, the money will help address water mitigation issues in the Sunken Garden and Rhododendron Dell and complete the Beech Tree Visitor Path. Highfield Hall & Gardens must raise a matching amount no later than June of 2015 to receive the funds. The purchase of blocks, benches, and other tribute garden donations will all be applied to the match.
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Highfield Hall gets a new name! May 2013

At their May meeting, the Board of Trustees of Historic Highfield, Inc. authorized an official name change for the organization. Highfield Hall will now be known as Highfield Hall & Gardens. The addition of “gardens” to the name is designed to give visitors a better sense that Highfield is an estate that can be visited and enjoyed. “With the restoration of the landscape, Highfield is now about much more than just the Hall,” said Executive Director Barbara Milligan. “As we embrace the property and Beebe Woods as central to our exhibitions and programs, it seemed right to have a name that better reflected that vision.”  While the organization will remain, legally, Historic Highfield, the name “Highfield Hall & Gardens” will be used exclusively as the public name for both the organization and the museum.
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Massachusetts Cultural Council awards grant to Highfield Hall & Gardens, November 2012

Highfield Hall & Gardens has announced that it has received a grant of $5,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Program which offers unrestricted funding for a wide range of quality projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, with special consideration given to projects that are innovative.

The grant from the MCC will support the creation of web-based videos over a two year period to share the work and programs of Highfield Hall with a broader community.  Short videos will draw upon the expertise of staff members to provide insightful information in the core program areas of history, music, art, nature and culinary arts.
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Historic Highfield announces its new membership program, May 2012

Historic Highfield now offers a membership program to supporters of Highfield Hall for the first time in a decade. Membership is designed as a way to provide individuals, families, and businesses a more formal connection to the organization while offering program discounts and special opportunities in return.
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Bank of Cape Cod announces support for children’s programs at Highfield Hall, April 2012

Highfield estate and surrounding Beebe Woods in Falmouth will be an interactive learning environment for children and their families this spring and summer, thanks to a new programming initiative with sponsorship from Bank of Cape Cod.
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Bank of Cape Cod executives join children at a program at Highfield Hall in Falmouth. The bank has made a significant donation to help sponsor new children’s programming at Highfield. Pictured with the preschoolers are (left to right) Timothy T. Telman, bank president and CEO; Kelly Monahan, bank business development officer; Caroline Inman, education coordinator at Highfield; Charles DeSimone, bank senior vice president.

Highfield Hall & Gardens awarded grant from IMLS, September 2012

Historic Highfield, Inc. has been awarded a $76,000 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The grant, through the Museums for America program, will create a new educational initiative at Highfield Hall that will focus primarily on programming for children and families.
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Our Gardens Are Growing, August 2011

On the afternoon of August 5, 2011, trustees and guests gathered to dedicate the newly installed Sunken Garden and celebrate its opening to the public. Chairman of the Board, Joe Valle, welcomed guests with a special acknowledgement of Mary Lou Smith. Funding for the garden was donated by two life-long Woods Hole residents, Mary Draper Janney and Nancy Norman Lassalle, who made their contributions so that the garden would be dedicated in honor of Mrs. Smith, their long-time friend. Mrs. Janney and Mrs. Lassalle, who are both enthusiastic gardeners, spoke at the dedication and cut the official yellow ribbon, with the help of Joe Valle and Smith daughters Chastity, Prudence, Deborah, and Rebecca. The garden was designed by Lucinda Brockway, a landscape preservationist from Kennebunk, Maine, to sympathetically recreate the garden as originally designed by Ernest Bowditch in the nineteenth century and wrought by the Beebe family and their gardening staff from 1880 to 1930. Installed by TNB Landscaping.

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Highfield Hall & Gardens Meets the Challenge, June 2011

In late 2010, the Penzance Foundation of New York City challenged Historic Highfield to raise money for reserve and endowment needs. The challenge? Increase our base of support by attracting new donors and expanding donations from existing donors. The Foundation agreed to match, dollar for dollar, every donation in FY 2010/2011 but, if Highfield could hit the $400,000 mark in funds raised, then the match would become $1.50 for every dollar – back to the first dollar! Our Board of Trustees, donors, and the local community rallied to hit that goal raising, in total, $470,000 of eligible funds. Historic Highfield is grateful to all who participated in the match challenge and especially to the Penzance Foundation for their generosity and encouragement. Funds from the Foundation will be invested in building maintenance and improvements over the next year, and will create a capital and operating reserve to fund anticipated deficits over the next decade.

Highfield Hall honored with 2010 Massachusetts Preservation Award

The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Secretary of the Commonwealth have recognized the restoration of Highfield Hall with a 2010 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award. This annual award is presented to preservation projects or individuals that have displayed an outstanding commitment to historic preservation in Massachusetts. The award was presented to Historic Highfield in a formal ceremony that took place at The Massachuestts Historical Commission on May 18. Secretary William Francis Galvin, Chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, applauded Highfield Hall saying, “The careful restoration of Highfield Hall and the remarkable dedication of Historic Highfield demonstrate a strong commitment to historic preservation that goes well beyond what is normally expected.” Citations from the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives were presented to Historic Highfield and accepted by Executive Director Barbara Milligan, along with the 2010 Preservation Award.

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Falmouth Recieves Designation as a Preserve America Community, Fall 2009

The White House has named Falmouth as a Preserve Amercia Community. This special designation recognizes Falmouth’s efforts to save and preserve local history through the preservation of its historical resources and open spaces. Highfield Hall was proud to have been a part of this very special honor.
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