Vincent Elizabeth Barnett, President of The Millay Society, painted by Millay’s brother-in-law, Charles Ellis at Steepletop cr. 1965
Dear Friends of Millay
Last spring, we asked you to help us Save Steepletop from financial crisis, and you responded in overwhelming numbers. Your generous support enabled us to dramatically reduce the expected 2018 deficit and strengthened our ability to protect and preserve this important property for the future.
In November, we determined that our only option for preserving the extensive site, buildings, gardens and collections was to close our seasonal operations. We can now direct our funds to those needs. We are very pleased to announce, however, that we will open the site for a special fundraising day on July 13th, from 9 am to 4 pm, and look forward to welcoming visitors then. Please check millay.org for more details as they are available.
Steepletop has entered a period of transition and I hope that you will remain a partner in our success during this period. In planning Steepletop’s future, we are moving away from the idea of Steepletop as a self-sustaining house museum, and toward a new life for the site that preserves Millay’s house, collections, and legacy, while re-imagining the property for other uses, none of which would conflict with its landmark status. In today’s climate of decreasing public funds to support the arts, it has become challenging to operate as a seasonal independent house museum, so we are exploring alternatives to ensure that Millay’s legacy at Steepletop endures.
While we formalize these plans, the supporters of Steepletop are more important than ever. I am pleased to invite you to support the Friends of Millay, a special recognition program through which we can publicly express our deep appreciation for your generosity. Your gift will play a critical role in preserving Steepletop. Though not always glamorous, the operational needs of this 200-acre site are essential and costly—from brush hogging the fields, to keeping climate controls level for preservation of the collections, to painting, repairing, and caretaking the buildings, to keeping the wild critters from moving in.
Help us to continue to steward Steepletop into its next chapter by making a gift. Please consider a gift of $50 or more or your commitment to a monthly contribution of just $10 a month. Make a gift in any amount and your name will be added to our roster of 2019 Friends of Millay.
A Steepletop Trustee would be happy to talk with you to create a personalized giving plan, or about including Steepletop in your estate plans.
I am very pleased with the progress we are making toward securing a partnership that will preserve Steepletop in the long-term, and look forward to sharing the most up-to-date news through regular communications with the Friends of Millay, whom we recognize as our most valued friends.
Please join us today as a Friend of Millay. Help us continue Steepletop’s preservation so it will be at its best when we open the site for house and garden tours on July 13th. We look forward to welcoming you back.
The Society's mission is to illuminate the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay and to preserve and interpret the character of Steepletop, her home and gardens, places where nature inspires the creative spirit.