Long-time Foundation supporter Presidential Bank and its CEO Bruce Cleveland have announced a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant of $20,000–the bank will donate $20,000 if we can raise another $20,000 before March 31, 2013. Time is short; please help us meet this challenge!
The Waterford National Historic Landmark is a treasured connection to America’s past, present, and future. The Waterford Foundation not only preserves the Landmark’s historic buildings and beautiful green fields and landscapes but presents exciting programs that “connect” all of us to our heritage and help us understand our past.
Historical preservation is necessary because it's the only way to transfer a society's character to coming generations. It involves conserving history in presentable forms so that people in the future have something they can look back on. It allows the opportunity to revitalize our community by transmitting an understanding of events to people who weren't there.
Since its creation in 1943, this grassroots organization has raised millions of dollars to rescue and preserve numerous historic buildings, to save neighboring farms and open spaces from development; and to share its history through educational and cultural programs and an archives and local history collection. And from its first year until today, the Foundation has produced the award-winning Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, best known as “The Waterford Fair.”
Besides the ones we discussed on our programs page, we have others that we schedule based on discretion. Therefore they're not previously planned, but we endeavor to organize them at least once a year. They include awareness and historic preservation educational talks and discussions. The purpose of these additional programs is to enlighten the community on history's vitality.
Anyone can participate in the programs we organize. Therefore, you don't have to be a local or a resident of the community before you can enjoy Landmark's rich heritage. It would be selfish of us to keep it to ourselves alone; thus, although the town members are the beneficiaries, other people, whether tourist or not, can revel in our history.