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Society Chapters Plan for Spring!

As winter’s end approaches, the Tasha Tudor Society chapters are filling the calendar with many wonderful spring events. Contact a chapter leader near you to join in the fun!

On the weekend of April 20th-22nd our New Jersey chapter is organizing a group trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, an event Tasha used to attend regularly with friends.

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Members of the Pacific Northwest chapter meet for Valentine’s Day

On April 22nd our South Shore, Massachusetts chapter will host a “Potluck and Play” event including a beginner lap dulcimer lesson taught by the chapter leader in her home.

On April 28th our Pacific Northwest chapter will meet for tea and then a trip to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, a National Historic Site in Woodland, WA.

On May 1st our Pennsylvania chapter is returning to the Fashion Archives and Museum at Shippensburg University  for this year’s exhibit, “The Fashions of Fiction from Pamela to Gatsby.”  The exhibit will dress famous historical characters and bring them to life based upon descriptions from the books.

For detailed information and contacts for these upcoming chapter events as well as summer and fall offerings, visit our website’s Events page.

 

Giving Tuesday

Every day you are making a difference in the world by taking Tasha’s messages to heart. Every time you show optimism in the face of difficulty, you are living Tasha’s message of “Taking Joy.” Every time you choose to add beauty to your day, you are living Tasha’s message.

Tasha, in turn, felt resonance with an Oscar Wilde quote:

“We are all of us are in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Whether he meant to encourage us to always see the optimistic view of life or meant for us to pursue our loftiest goals, undeterred by challenge, the message has a resounding impact on how we think and therefore live.

Thank you to all of those who support the Tasha Tudor Society’s mission of connecting and inspiring people through Tasha’s world by making a donation. Please consider becoming a new member or renewing your current membership today.

Thank you,

Amy Tudor
Director of the Tasha Tudor Society

Issue #8 Now Shipping

 

Issue8CoverIssue #8 of the printed newsletter is now shipping to your mailbox!  For history lovers, we recommend starting with Discovering Tasha’s Family Heritage written by consulting curator Jeanette Chandler Knazek. This issue also contains reports of the Society Chapter events, news from Japan, annual member recognition and more!  There was so much news to report, this issue burst forth from twelve pages and became a sixteen page newsletter.

Every once in a while, we print extra and ship to the entire mailing list.  Email us to be added to the traditional mail list or, more reliably, become a member to receive these beautiful pages in your very own mailbox.

A Busy Summer for Our Chapters!

It has been a busy spring and summer for the Tasha Tudor Society chapters. The Pennsylvania chapter has hosted four events since May including a visit to the Fashion Archives & Museum at Shippensburg University, a lovely midsummer garden party at a member’s 1835 farm, a picnic luncheon preceding a tour of the Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and a grand celebration of Tasha’s birthday.

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Pennsylvania Chapter’s summer celebration

The New Jersey chapter began their year by attending a Revolutionary Tea: a costumed, living history presentation of tea lore, history, songs and poetry at the Burlington County Historical Society. In April they held a lunch to welcome a new member and old friend of Tasha’s.  And in July they attended a show of quilts and dollhouses at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA.

The Pacific Northwest chapter, our newest, hosted a gorgeous garden tea party in Puyallup, Washington last month in celebration of Tasha’s birthday and followed it up with a visit to the Portland Doll Show.

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Pacific Northwest Chapter’s garden party

This month we are looking forward to two more exciting events: the New York chapter’s big, annual Gathering, “ROSES ARE RED” held at Macedon Public Library, and a visit to the new conservatory at Hershey Gardens hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter.

Our chapter leaders are doing a marvelous job of sharing Tasha’s work and making personal connections through the celebration of her way of life. If you are interested in joining a chapter, visit the Affiliate Chapters section of our website to find a chapter near you.

Transition Period

Although it has been a difficult decision for us, we have opted to let our exhibition space rest for the 2017 season and, in its place, we are opening up new opportunities for participating in Tasha Tudor’s legacy.

While Tasha Tudor was still living, plans for having a Museum ‘in town’, separate from her home and gardens, made sense. Now that Tasha’s home is more or less maintained by her family as a privately owned museum with a limited number of tours each season, the general public frequently assumes that the “Tasha Tudor Museum” refers to her home. Visitors from near and far have arrived at the Museum and only then understood that the building was not her home. Her actual homestead cannot be run as a typical house museum due to residential zoning regulations and limited driving access on single lane, dirt roads.

Your support over the past ten years has given us courage to face this challenge head on. First, we are changing our name from the Tasha Tudor Museum to the Tasha Tudor Society. We believe that Tasha Tudor, like Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter, for example, is deserving of an organization to champion her life and legacy. Additionally, newly hired Sarah RobbGrieco will support and grow our chapter offerings as Director of Chapter Affiliations. Having 10 years experience as a director of non-profits herself, Sarah brings professionalism, warmth, creativity and budgetary awareness to this position. We know that Tasha Tudor lovers are eager for us to operate a place to visit.   So, we are considering working with local libraries, organizing pop-up exhibits and other ways to keep Tasha Tudor’s work accessible to all. There will also be a concerted effort to produce Newsletters and other communications on a more regular basis.

As we steer this ship into a different current, there will be some choppy seawater before we emerge onto the calmness of a new, righter course. Think of Tasha in her 50s: leaving the red clapboard New Hampshire home she’d restored and raised her family in, the gardens she’d cultivated, the familiar landscapes she’d painted. She dug up her mature, prized plants and drove them in her old Land Rover to the new homestead in Vermont. In order to fulfill her dream of living in Vermont, she was willing to depart from her previously traveled path.

We invite you to navigate this path with us as we implement these changes incrementally. We want to hear your voice. We invite you to continue writing notes about what is important to you; we love reading them and want to hear all perspectives as we forge a strategic plan for the Tasha Tudor Society.

Sincerely,

Amy Tudor

Director

P.S. The next eighty donations of $25 or over will receive a packet of Tasha’s Welsh Breakfast Tea in thanks for your support of this transition!

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