Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Freedoms Way Heritage Association

  • Devens, MA
  • www.freedomsway.org

Mission Statement



Stewards for the New England Landscape of American Ideas: we connect the people, places and communities of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area to appreciate and preserve the rich resources of their common landscape.

Service Areas

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National


Serves 45 communities in two states: Acton, Arlington, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Clinton, Concord, Devens, Dunstable, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lunenburg, Malden, Maynard, Medford, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Westford, Westminster, Winchendon, Woburn Amherst NH, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis. Mason, Milford, Nashua and New Ipswich.

ruling year

1995

President since 2013

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Margaret E. Bagdonas

Keywords

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Heritage landscape protection and development. Furtherance of community goals for purposes of education and stewardship.

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EIN

04-3219394

Physical Address

94 Jackson Road, Suite 311

Devens, 01451

Also Known As

Freedoms Way National Heritage Area

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Overview

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The organizational goal is to build and sustain public understanding of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area themes: Rediscovering the Native Landscape; Inventing the New England Landscape and Shaping the Landscape of Democracy.

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Program 1

A focus of Freedom's Way Heritage Association has been to help communities document and interpret their own history through theme development. Individual town histories and inventories serve the basis for compiling a regional history through theme-related interpretation and presentation. FWHA partners with state and local institutions to document and demonstrate the region's unique history for students, teachers and visitors. In 2006, Freedom's Way partnered with MassDCR to help 22 communities identify their heritage landscapes. Almost 300 residents and town officials participated in this reconnaissance effort. In addition, for the first time ever, the region's Chambers of Commerce are gathering to meet with each other and Freedom's Way to learn how heritage development can benefit tourism and local businesses. FWHA works within the spheres of Arts, Culture, Humanities, Education, Environmental Quality, Recreation, Smart Growth, Heritage Development, for Public, Benefit. FWHA organizes and conducts area stakeholder meetings to connect people and with their institutions and local business community.

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Service Areas

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Serves 45 communities in two states: Acton, Arlington, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Clinton, Concord, Devens, Dunstable, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lunenburg, Malden, Maynard, Medford, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Westford, Westminster, Winchendon, Woburn Amherst NH, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis. Mason, Milford, Nashua and New Ipswich.

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FREEDOM'S WAY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Freedoms Way Heritage Association

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President

Margaret E. Bagdonas

BIO

Long-term member of Freedom's Way board of Directors; Background in non-profit management, public relations/marketing and development. Formerly with Habitat for Humanity and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

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Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, through its support organization Freedom's Way Heritage Association, is a proud partner of the National Park Service. The NPS provides limited financial, technical and planning assistance to the FWNHA. Donations to the Association are matched by the National Park Service. The NPS is a partner and advisor, with decision-making authority remaining locally. The Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, MA is the local national park associated with Freedom's Way National Heritage Area. Freedom's Way is not a land acquisition or land management entity."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Margaret E Bagdonas

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