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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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