Jane Wald: Museum thanks Amherst Town Meeting for CPA funds

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Dickinson Museum thanks Amherst Town Meeting for CPA funds

Last spring, Amherst Town Meeting approved $190,000 in Community Preservation Act funding for installing a fire suppression system in The Evergreens, the home of Emily Dickinson’s brother and his family.

The Emily Dickinson Museum and all its friends are tremendously grateful to our fellow citizens for your demonstration of support for and pride in Amherst’s unique cultural and historic character. As I write, this project is nearing completion, and visitors to the Emily Dickinson Museum once again have the opportunity to experience The Evergreens as a “time capsule” of 19th-century life.

CPA funding was the critical link in protecting the Italianate Dickinson home, listed on state and national historic registers, from risk of catastrophic loss. The CPA grant approved by Town Meeting released matching funds pledged by the museum’s parent, Amherst College, and enabled us to proceed with a project that could not have been supported by traditional fundraising.

This project is the latest step in a long-term plan to preserve, protect, and restore the Dickinson family homes and grounds in order to evoke the life, times and setting in which Emily Dickinson produced some of the world’s greatest poetry. We are so grateful that the town joined us in this effort.

Jane Wald


The writer is executive director of the Emily Dickinson Museum.