Swift River Valley Historical Society Inc

The Lost Valley

New Salem, MA   |  https://www.swiftrivermuseum.org

Mission

The Swift River Valley Historical Society is the leading resource in preserving the artifacts, stories and records of the lost towns of the Quabbin Valley; in collaborating with communities, organizations and agencies to provide educational opportunities and programs about the history of this region; and in ensuring appropriate management and protection of those resources and artifacts including the Quabbin watershed to engage public interest and support.

Ruling year info

1969

President, Board of Directors

Judith A McIntosh

Main address

PO Box 22 40 Elm Street

New Salem, MA 01355 USA

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EIN

04-2401354

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem the Society plans to address is their need for additional funding to effectively represent the values held by the Society which are:

Honoring the memory of the families and individuals who were forced to leave their homes.

Careful preservation of the historical records and articles donated and collected.

Generosity in sharing the resources at our disposal.

Building a sustainable future for SRVHS and its Museum.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Museum

Operation of a museum of Swift River Valley life

Population(s) Served

Publication of newsletters for members, friends and area educational institutions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Society's Goals are as follows:

1. Policy - The Society maintains a stong voice in watershed operations and policy.

2. Operations - The Socielty's operations are effective and efficient.

3. Financial Management and Fundraising - SRVHS manages its assets effectively.

4. Building and Grounds Maintenance - The Society manages and maintains its buildings and grounds to ensure long-term viability.

5. Collection - The Society manages and maintains its collections in a manner consistent with its mission.

6. Community Engagement - The Society uses historic preservation and education to build community and membership.
7. Capacity - The Society recruits and retains enthusiastic, experienced and committed volunteers and staff to achieve its mission.

The Society's Strategies are as follows:

1. Maintain a qualified and knowledgeable presence on the Water Supply Protection Trust.

2. Develop clear roles and duties for Committee Chairs and Officers.
Maintain a strong Finance Committee to develop, oversee and maintain budget and asset management policies and procedures.
Improve office systems.
Invest in equipment that advances long-term effectiveness, and manage information systems to support programs and operations.
Maintain good data base and hard-copy records of all work done on the collections and membership/donors.


3. Retain current members and recruit new supporters through direct mail, email, website, regular updates, newsletters, and outreach and special events and publications.
Strengthen the annual fund drive to raise sufficient funds annually to support the volunteers and staff doing the work of the Society.
Seek capacity building and special project grants.
Identify individuals who can make planned gifts to increase the endowment.
Develop a fundraising plan to obtain funding to sustain the programs and projects planned by the Society.

4. Hire professional contractors for routine housekeeping and annual cleaning needs.
Schedule timely upgrades and maintenance.
Identify financial resources for each major B&G Committee recommendation.

5. Ensure continuity and retention of institutional and individual memory.
Ensure the integrity and long-term value of the collection.
Curating Committee identifies sources of funding for historic preservation needs.
Strengthen and make available genealogical resources.
Strengthen partnerships with municipal, state and federal public and private agencies, historic societies and other allies to assist in maintaining buildings and the collections.

6. Maintain programs that help the public understand, appreciate and support the value and relevance of the museum and its contents.
Create a data base of regional contacts to target for SRVHS programs and resources.
Use online publications to build awareness of the value of historic preservation.
Use face-to-face interactions to connect people to SRVHS, including hosting and participating in community events and field outings.
Create new opportunities for the public to learn from and enjoy the museum and collection and make history relevant to people's every day lives.

7. Engage volunteers and interns to strengthen community interest and support and to build overall program capacity.
Cultivate board members, advisors to ensure strong leadership, governance, strategic guidance and fundraising leadership.
Add volunteer and/or paid staff positions that are financially sustainable based upon the need for professional help and availability of grant or other funds.

The Society's capabilities for meeting their goals are as follows:

The Society maintains a strong voice in watershed operations and policy.

The Society's operations are effective and efficient.

SRVHS manages its assets effectively.

The Society manages and maintains its buildings and grounds to ensure long-term viability.

The Society manages and maintains its collections in a manner consistent with its mission.

The Society uses historic preservation and education to build community and membership.

The Society recruits and retains enthusiastic, experienced and committed board member, volunteers and staff to achieve its mission.

The Society has successfully implemented several of the objectives listed in their Strategic Plan of Goals, Strategies and Tactics put in place from 2012 - 2014 to include the following:

Maintains contact with WSPT, QWAC, Friends of Quabbin, DCR and other Quabbin interest groups. Attends relevant public, legislative meetings and policy related events to voice SRVHS' position. Requires periodic updates from the SRVHS representative to the WSPT.

Revised and updated By-laws.

Ensures continuity of existing financial management systems.

Finance Committee works with other committees to develop budgets and funding plans prior to board votes.

Has put in place insurance policies to cover the needs of volunteers, staff and board members.

Plans capital fund drives for large projects.

Has improved office systems, obtained new computers and invested in internet service.

Has put in place a computer program for inventorying and cataloguing artifacts.

Enlarged media and distribution lists for mailings.

Increased visibility through website and facebook. Reviewed and set goals for annual fund drive, created and distributed literature showcasing programs and accomplishments and added a payment option for donations on the website.

Placed Museum on the National Historic Register.

Contracted with professionals for building cleaning and ground maintenance. Work with Finance Committee to budget for large maintenance expenses. Seek grants, donations and contributions from businesses and public sources.

Has constructed and dedicated a climate controlled archives room.

Evaluated and updated curating procedures.

Reviewed and updated docent and monitor training needs.

Have hired a consultant to evaluate the textile collection and sought professional art restoration experts to assess work to be done on painting collection.

Maintains awareness of Mass Historic Commission grant program updates.

Maintains DCR Watershed and Quabbin Visitors Center contacts.

Completes and disseminates Program Calendar for the April Newsletter.

Maintains informational and educational hikes and bus trips into the Quabbin Reservoir lands.

Continues to present special programs/events to increase public knowledge of the Quabbin towns. Advertises more extensively prior to those programs. Created a more extensive press list and email list to disseminate information about programs.

Continues to develope website and use assorted publications to direct internet traffic to the website.

Developed and maintained political support for the Society my meeting regularly with legislators, MWRA, DCR QWAC and WSPT.

Maintains board representation from a broad spectrum of expertise, influence and interests.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Swift River Valley Historical Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judith McIntosh

JANE PEIRCE

FRED HEYES

ELIZABETH PEIRCE

DAVID FRYE

HELEN TOWNE

CLIFF FOURNIER

SHELLEY SMALL

JUDITH MCINTOSH

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2020

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