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,
What made you first notice that Millay was different from all the rest? Was it her poems that resonated and spoke to you; her trailblazing lifestyle and spirit in politics, sex, and feminism that engaged you; or perhaps her journey from humble roots on the ragged Maine coast to international rock star, Pulitzer prize-winning status that inspired you? She left her mark on poetry, opera, politics, gardening, feminism, and more with her unique and bold voice. We celebrate that every day at Steepletop by preserving her home, library, writing cabin, and gardens to give you and future generations the opportunity to walk in her paths.
This year we celebrated Millay’s 125th birthday with a series of programs, events, and exhibitions, including an exhibition at Vassar College, from which she graduated 100 years ago. Back at Steepletop, our preservation efforts continued with the completion of the pool bar restoration and the still in progress restoration of the icehouse. More than 1,500 visitors came to experience Steepletop this season, up 15% from 2016. Your contributions and participation have made this possible.
As we turn the page to another year, I want you to know that we can’t do this without you—that every dollar you contribute and every donor is significant.
I hope that we can count on your support of the 2017 Annual Appeal so that we can open Steepletop’s gates again next season. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and fully tax-deductible. Donors to the Annual Appeal are graciously honored in our published donor listing each year and donations of $500 and more are recognized in perpetuity on our donor wall in the Steepletop Visitors Center.
Thank you for being loyal friend and supporter of Steepletop.
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.