Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Winchester Historical Society Inc.

  • Winchester, MA
  • winchesterhistoricalsociety.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Winchester Historical Society is to promote an awareness of Winchester's history and share it with the community. The Society achieves its mission by collecting and preserving Winchester's historic records and artifacts; by its educational programs, exhibitions, and publications; and through its stewardship of the Sanborn Historical and Cultural Center, home for the Society and open to the community for exhibits, meetings, and events.

Main Programs

  1. Public Programs
  2. Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center
  3. Curation of Historical Collections
  4. Publications on Winchester History
  5. Youth Programs
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Winchester, Massachusetts, 01890, and neighboring towns of Arlington, Lexington, Woburn, Medford, and Stoneham

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Mr. Thomas Sevigny

Keywords

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history, culture, archives, education, architects, Sanborn House, Winchester

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Also Known As

Winchester Historical Society

EIN

23-7383040

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Top Accomplishments of the past year: Replaced an aging oil heating system with an energy-efficient gas system funded by a grant from the Cummings Foundation Restored the stained glass window in the front entrance, one of the Town's greatest works of art, with a grant from the Arthur Griffin Foundation and private donations Implemented the master historic landscaping plan with new plantings, trees, and a walkway that makes the verandah handicapped-accessible Hired a Site Manager who has focused on increasing rentals to the building as part of the business plan Raised funds through membership dues, grants, and private donations to maintain membership services while upgrading the historic Sanborn House for public use. Goals for the coming year: Raise the funds for air conditioning to better attract year-round rental use and provide sound environmental conditions for storage of historical collections Review the original Sanborn House feasibility study (2005) and update its strategic plan. Define a fundraising scenario that reflects sound fiscal management for both the restoration and continuing sustainability of the facility. Expand educational programming for school-age children while continuing to increase membership and attendance at programs and events for adults. Increase the Society's visibility in the community through an exhibit program, improved website and use of social media, and increased collaboration with other non-profit groups

Programs

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Program 1

Public Programs

The Historical Society offers 6-8 public programs related to the history of Winchester and New England each year. The Society also exhibits selections from its collections in the Sanborn House.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 2

Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center

The Society serves as steward of the Sanborn House. This involves restoration and ongoing maintenance of the building, and rentals to individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

Curation of Historical Collections

The Society has collected and preserved documents, photographs, and artifacts related to town history since the nineteenth century. Today the documents and photographs are housed in the Archival Center in Town Hall and the artifacts are in the Sanborn House. Following the lead of the Archives, the Society has begun to enter its collection into online catalog which will provide access to all Winchester historical collections, regardless of format or location, and stimulate increased donations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 4

Publications on Winchester History

The Society's publications target different audiences and facets of Winchester's history. These range from a newsletter, Black Horse Bulletin, to a scholarly monograph series, Architects of Winchester. We have published several books: Winchester, Massachusetts, Architectural History of a Victorian Town; Children's History of Winchester; and Artists of Winchester.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 5

Youth Programs

Youth Programs involve the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, neighboring Ambrose Elementary School, and interns from Winchester High School

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$500.00

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Winchester, Massachusetts, 01890, and neighboring towns of Arlington, Lexington, Woburn, Medford, and Stoneham

Funding Needs

The following improvements to the Sanborn House are needed immediately for the building to be operated efficiently and safely for Society and community use. Install air conditioning in the Sanborn House, enabling its use through the summer. Estimate: $200,000. Upgrade plumbing on the second floor to include one ADA-compliant bathroom and two additional bathrooms: $75,000. Next phase Restore and re-install balustrades on the second floor roofs (these were removed when a new roof was installed): $90,000 Restore or replace remaining windows and doors to match originals while improving energy efficiency: $200,000 Long term: endowment for building maintenance and to subsidize use by local non-profit organizations

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association for State and Local History

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

New England Museums Association (NEMA)

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WINCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Winchester Historical Society Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Thomas Sevigny

BIO

Boston College, BA, Major in Accounting, University of Wisconsin, MBA, School of Business Administration, Auditor, State Street Boston Corporation for 31 years with certification (Domestic and International) as a Certified Internal Auditor, extensive work for non-profit organizations: Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester: member of the Board of Directors and Governance Chair, Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Fund, Inc., Association Montessori Internationale, New York: Board of Directors, Vice President and Board Member, Rotary Club of Winchester: Member and President, 2008-2009, Winchester Boat Club: Board Member for 11 years, Clerk/Secretary Jumelage (sister city Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, to Winchester, Massachusetts), Board Member Spirit of State Street Council: Member (volunteer group) of the Corporate Citizen Division of State Street Corporation in Boston, Winchester Historical Society: Board of Directors, President and Chair of the Board, 2012 - present class

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"While most towns in Massachusetts have historical societies, the Winchester Historical Society is distinctive for its age, its public/private partnership with the Town of Winchester, and its collaborative approach toward developing a community-wide strategy for the preservation of Town history. These are reflected in the Society's strong record of state, federal, and local foundation grants and the recognition of its efforts in publications and by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Until recently, Winchester was one of the few local historical societies in Massachusetts not to have its own building as a home for its collections and its activities. With the Sanborn House lease in 2006, the Society achieved this goal and has applied the same innovative and collaborative approach that marked its success with Town collections. Instead of creating a static interpretive museum that people visit only once, the Society is developing the Sanborn House as a center open to individuals for celebrations, by businesses for conferences, and non-profits for meetings and events. The goal is to develop this mix of uses and rental income stream to make the House sustainable for the Society and the town."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Thomas Sevigny

State Street Corporation, retired

Term: May 2014 - Dec 2016

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