David B. Clark Wigwam Preservation Fund

 

Help Save the Wigwam Museum!


Make a donation to help us toward our $60,000 goal.
Thanks to the Milford Rotary Club's Robert F. Jackson Community Improvement Fund*
for kicking off our campaign with a generous contribution of $6,000!


The Wigwam Museum - which houses many of our town's artifacts and hosts a number of community programs and events - is in trouble. Over the past few years, we've noticed cracking in the brick façade and in the interior plaster ceiling in several locations. A structural analysis of the building by master post and beam engineer Glenn Dodge determined that the walls are bowing. Fortunately, the problem can be repaired by reinforcement without compromising the building’s appearance or historical construction methods. Reinforcing the structure will entail removing a portion of the roof structure to make the repairs, adding steel reinforcement rods which will be invisible above the building’s famous frescoed ceiling, repairing the sub roof, and replacing the roof shingles. Since the buidling's roof is at the end of its useful life, and since the structural repairs involve removing the roof sheathing, it seems only logical and financially prudent that we take on both these projects simultaneously.

Estimates show that the total cost of this work will be in the $60,000 range. Since the Historical Society's only source of income is through membership dues, donations and fundraisers (we receive no financial assistance from the Town of Amherst), we do not have the means to pay for the repairs out-of pocket. Therefore we have created the “David B. Clark Wigwam Preservation Fund” to raise the money.

Former Historical Society President Dave Clark devoted much of his tenure caring for the Wigwam and spearheading ways to make this unique facility more visible and accessible to the community. Under his leadership the interior was reconfigured, allowing us to host speakers and programs, social events, meetings, memorial services, local craft fairs and much more. Dave also was key in developing a plan of action when the structural issues became apparent. It therefore seemed fitting to name the Preservation Fund in his honor as we attempt to achieve our shared goal of preserving the Wigwam for generations to come.

Dave Clark with wife Sue after the announcement
of the Preservation Fund named in his honor.

 

 

*Bob Jackson (1935-2010), an accomplished architect by profession, was an active community volunteer and served as an Amherst selectman, a member of the Amherst Planning Board, and a member and past president of the Rotary Club.

 

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