Can you remember 1989? It was the year the Berlin Wall fell, San Francisco had a giant earthquake and Pete Rose left baseball. Do you remember where you were that year?
We certainly do. Our Township officials were faced with a major dilemma. Should they approve an application to develop Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms, allowing it to become condominiums and his beloved Log House a private "club house?" Or should they protect the 26-acre property and its Stickley-designed buildings?
Happily, the dilemma was solved through the efforts of a group of dedicated people, who formed a partnership with the Township and established The Craftsman Farms Foundation to preserve and manage the site. Today Craftsman Farms is a protected public treasure and is known to all of us as the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.
Won’t you help us celebrate this milestone 25th anniversary by making a year-end contribution?
Over the last quarter-century, people like you have helped the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms to grow dramatically. The Log House has been restored to its original appearance and is the centerpiece of this historic property. The North Cottage has been preserved and holds our handling collections – perfect for teaching about the Arts and Crafts movement. The Annex has been repurposed providing space for educational programs. The grounds have been preserved to reflect the original look of the property.
You have the opportunity to insure the future of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms by making a gift today.
Twenty-five years ago, we could not have imagined the impact that Gustav Stickley’s home and property would have on so many people. The quality and craftsmanship which can be observed throughout the Log House inspires numerous visitors. The history of Craftsman Farms - shared by volunteer docents – reaches others. The opportunity to learn attracts those seeking meaningful experiences for children, adults, families, students and seniors. The serenity and beauty of this rural oasis impresses nearly everyone.
Your year-end gift can help: provide a pumpkin for a child to paint at Family Day, help a Girl Scout earn a badge, recruit emerging scholars for our annual educational symposium and provide the staff needed for us to welcome visitors from around the world all year long.
Gustav Stickley believed in building in harmony with nature. He originally envisioned Craftsman Farms as a place of learning. He thought of Craftsman Farms as his "Garden of Eden." His values continue to resonate today and we take seriously the responsibility of preserving his home and property and of educating the public about the philosophy and principles of the American Arts and Crafts movement.
We began our journey with the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms twenty-five years ago because we valued this national treasure which was right in our own community. Our hope was to share the beauty, simplicity and historical significance of Craftsman Farms with the public and to preserve it for the future. We take pride in the work of the Museum and in its status as a National Historic Landmark and a Distinctive Destination. We take pride in the quality of the programs and tours that the Museum offers. We are proud to continue to be active members and donors to the Museum.
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary, we invite you to help build on the accomplishments of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms by making a contribution. Every gift makes a difference to protecting the legacy that Stickley left behind.
To make a gift, click the donate button above, or call us at 973.540.0311.
Thank you for being as generous as you can.
Nancy Willans Davey Willans
Past President Past President
Craftsman Farms Foundation Craftsman Farms Foundation
p.s. Your gift of any size can help build the future. With a gift of $100, you’ll get a key fob in celebration of our anniversary.