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Celebrating a Century

Onward to Our Next Century! 

The Wenham Museum remains incredibly grateful to the community that has sustained us for 100 years.  From our visitors and members to our donors and volunteers, your ongoing support has made this tremendous milestone possible.  With gratitude for your partnership, the Wenham Museum will continue to be a multi-generational place to roam, play and discover for the next 100 years.


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100th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, June 16, 2023
5:30 – 8 p.m. | $150 per person

The Wenham Museum’s 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023 at the Wenham Museum.  This festive cocktail affair will honor 100 years of community support and lead us onward into our next century.

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The Anniversary Celebration will also recognize the following individuals, who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the museum’s mission:

Celebrating Childhood Award
Kenneth & Jean Jones (in absentia)

Connecting Generations Award
Harriet Davis (posthumously)
Charles & Mary Davis
Charles Davis & Rachel and Teddy Beckerman Davis

Thank You to Our Host Committee
Kennon Anderson | Gretchen Berg | Emily Bottomley
John Cadigan | Carrie Evanchik | Margaret & Greg Meahl
Alexandra Modliszewski| Kristin Noon
Holly Shepherd | Willa Worsfold

Thank You to Our Sponsors 

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bottomley
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Zampell

Mr. and Mrs. J. Kevin Murphy
Jim & Kali Reynolds

Supporting Sponsors
William & Nancy Claflin
Julie & Win Dodge

Special Guests
The Hot Club of New England
Magic Fred | Parties by Carole | The Yo-Yo Guy

Event Partners
1623 Studios | Communications, Ink. | Daily Printing
Fig Balloon Co. | Flour(ish) Bake Shop | Gourmet Delights
Zampell Facilities Management

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Presenting Sponsor | $10,000

  • Individual banner inside event (2.5 ft. x 6 ft.) and outside museum (2.5 ft. x 8 ft.) (along Rt. 1A North).
  • Color logo on event website with link to your business.
  • Color logo and link included in e-mail marketing promoting the event.
  • Color logo on cocktail napkins used during fundraising event.
  • Reserved Table for 8/ Eight tickets

Premier | $7,500

  • Individual banner inside event (2.5 ft. x 6 ft.)
  • Inclusion of color logo on group sponsor banner outside museum (2.5 ft. x 10 ft.) (along Rt. 1A North).
  • Color logo on event website with link to your business.
  • Color logo and link included in e-mail marketing promoting the event.
  • Color logo on dessert napkins used during fundraising event.
  • Reserved Table for 8 / Eight tickets

Gold | $5,000

  • Color logo on banner inside event.
  • Inclusion of color logo on group sponsor banner outside museum (2.5 ft. x 10 ft.) (along Rt. 1A North).
  • Color logo on event website with link to your business.
  • Color logo and link included in e-mail marketing promoting the event.
  • Six tickets

Silver | $2,500

  • Black & white logo on banner inside event.
  • Inclusion of black & white logo on group sponsor banner outside museum (2.5 ft. x 10 ft.) (along Rt. 1A North).
  • Company name on event website with link to your business.
  • Color logo and link included in e-mail marketing promoting the event.
  • Four tickets

Bronze | $1,000

  • Listing of company on banner inside event during the exhibit and the fundraiser.
  • Inclusion of company name on group sponsor banner outside museum (2.5 ft. x 10 ft.) (along Rt. 1A North).
  • Company name included in every e-mail blast regarding the fundraising event.
  • Company name on event website with link to your business.
  • Two tickets

Supporting Sponsor | $500

  • Company name listed on event website with link to your business
  • One event ticket

Submission Deadline

All logos and materials for printing are due to the Wenham Museum by June 5, 2023 to  PDF or JPEG Format (300 dpi) Preferred.


List of Supporters

We are grateful to the many of new friends and long-time friends whose generosity has supported the Wenham Museum during its 100th anniversary year.

An Anonymous Fund – Essex County Community Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Anderson
An Anonymous Fund – Fidelity
Kelton Artuso
Joe and Paula Axelrod
Linda Ayer and Neil R. Ayer, Jr
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Bachelder
Mrs. Doris K. Barnard
Ms. Ruth Stuart Bell
Jamie Belsito
Anthony and Deborah Bernard
Mrs. Martha Billings
Richard and Ann Booth
Mr. Eric J. Boothroyd
Patty Boynton
Emily Brock
Marylin Brown
Sandra B. Brown
Amy Bryan and Nathan Fry
Mrs. Patricia N. Bursaw
Glenorchy Campbell
Major and Mrs. Paul Cancelliere
Peter and Laurel Caputo
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Scott Card
Robert and Theresa Carella
Mr. Gary R. Cheeseman
Mr. Raymond E. Claflin, III
William Claflin and Nancy Claflin
William Cleary
Justin and Sissie Cohen
Elizabeth Colt
Sarah Colt and Noah Dephoure
Mr. and Mrs. George H. Connolly
Cranney Landscaping
Cathleen Curran
Linda D’Urso
Janet A. Daigle O’Hara
Betsy Dalrymple
Mary Louise and Peter Dana
Mr. and Mrs. David de Sieyes
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Dedeo
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew DeFranza
Patty DeRobertis
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Win Dodge, Jr.
Caroline Dodge
Doll Collectors Of America, Inc.
Deborah Driscoll
Cathy and Hilly Ebling
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Eddy
Carol and John Elwell
Sandra Erbetta
Carrie and Stephen Evanchik
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Evans
Alexander Falk
Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Fallon
Mr. Anthony M. Feeherry
Catherine and Alexander Felton
Finlay Family Charitable Fund
Stanley and Deborah Forman
Hollis and Rosemary French
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Fritzinger
Julie and Peter Gentile
Ms. Ann Getchell
Robert and Kathleen Gilligan
Mr. and Mrs. W. Gavin Gilmor
Mr. and Mrs. K. David Goss
Michelle and Christopher Granese
Suzanne Graves
Mrs. Judy Gregg
Mr. William W. Gribbell
Julie Grocott Sheflin and Francis Sheflin
Owen and Allison Hall
Jeanne and Kenneth Hill
Doug Horan
Allan and Debbie Houle
Jessie W. Howland
Mr. and Mrs. L. Scott Hughes
Shaun Hutchinson and Tracey Cochran Hutchinson
Institution For Savings
Mrs. Annette V. Janes
Mr. Allan P. Jarvis, Jr.
Jay and Lori Johnson
Marc and Ferial Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Jones
Carin Kale
Susan and James Kalloch
Georgina and Neal Keefe-Feldman
Charles Kelley
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Kneisel
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Knowles
Ruth Kurtz
David LaVoie
Leslie S. Ray and Marcia C. Ray Foundation
Leslie S. Ray Insurance Agency, Inc.
Littelfuse, Inc.
Amory and Prescott Logan
Ms. Martha B. Lowery
Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Lucy
Tracy Lutz
Frances Lynch
Mr. Gordon L. Marshall
Jacqueline and William Martin
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Katie and Rob McCarter
Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. McGinn
John and Maureen McPherson
Mr. Walter C. Meibaum, III
James and Patricia Mettling
Richard and Alexandra Modliszewski
Rebecca S More
Maria and Ryan Morgan
Hannah Mori
Carol & Richard Mori
Nathaniel D. Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Dan E. Mosman
Michele Motzi
J.Kevin Murphy and Carrell Deans Murphy
Neal Rantoul Foundation
Ms. Deborah G. Nolin
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas W. Noon
North of Boston CVB
Notre Dame Children’s Class
Daniel and Dragica O’Malley
Mrs. Nancy P. Osgood
Sturgis Papagiotas
Patton Homestead Inc
Brian and Jessica Patton
Rev. Dean Pedersen
Anne Peeke
The Perkin Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Perkin
Ms. Eleanor J. Perkins
Mrs. Phyllis R. Perkins
Ms. Anne Phippen and Mr. Panagiotis Manginis
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phippen
Ms. Joanna L. Phippen
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Phippen
Ms. Katharine Pickering and Mr. Richard O’Dwyer
Robert and Karen Popadic
Ms. Joan Potter
Peter and Kerry Pound
Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam, III
Gail Ramos
Mrs. Edmund J. Reinhalter
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Richey, Jr.
Martha and James Risch
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Roberts
Peggy Roell and Paul Theriault
Rotary Club of Hamilton-Wenham
Susie Rowland
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Rubel
Mrs. Julia Rubin
Ms. Diane Sargent
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schrage
Kaleigh Shaughnessy
Mr. and Mrs. Binkley C. Shorts
Matt Siegel
Jeff and Gail Silverman
Diane L. Simonsen
Linda and Paul Simonsen
Caitlin and Gregory Smith
Joanne and Rick Southgate
Barbara A. Stevens
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Stevenson
Mr. Campbell Steward
Ms. Mary L. Stone
Mrs. Henry S. Streeter
Ms. Elisabeth Sweeney
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tanous
Tonneson & Company CPAs PC
Honorable Peter and Gail Torkildsen
“Joseph J. Domelowicz, Jr.
Town of Hamilton”
Mr. Arthur Towne
Kristine Trustey and Sean McGraw
Mrs. and Mrs. John R. Verani
Mr. Michael Volovsky
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron von Staats
Leslie and Guido Voss
Mr. Paul D. Weaver
Welch & Forbes LLC
Wenham Village Improvement Society
Laura and Kristopher Wheeler
Ms. Claire M. White
Jane Whitney Marshall
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Wilkinson
Clara B. Winthrop Trust
Mr. John Winthrop
Wenham Village Improvement Society
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wywoda
Catherine M. Yaffa
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Younger
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Zampell

Last Updated:  March 27, 2023

Support the 100th

Your Most Important Gift to the Wenham Museum

It is with great pleasure to announce the Wenham Museum’s 100th Anniversary Campaign: Celebrating Our Heritage, Cultivating Our Community, Engineering Our Future has raised over $800,970 as of March 24, 2023. We are grateful to the hundreds of new friends and long-time friends whose generosity made this possible!

100th Anniversary Campaign Priorities

  1. Greatest Need – Gifts and pledges will be allocated by the Board of Trustees, in its discretion, to any urgent needs of the institution. This may include programs and exhibitions, preservation, or maintenance and improvements.
  2. Cultivating Our Community – Gifts and pledges will allow the museum to hire additional staff including an educational programmer, curator, grant writer, marketing professional, and facilities manager. Additionally, support will enhance comprehensive programming for all age groups, specifically for elementary and secondary-aged children.
  3. Fostering Our Community – Gifts and pledges will support the establishment of an outdoor community gathering space. Potential features include: a stone patio, seating, new fencing along 1A, plantings, a fire pit, and an ice cream shop.
  4. Securing Our Mission – Gifts, pledges, and planned giving intentions will build the Wenham Museum’s reserve funds and endowment to provide long-term financial stability and strength.
  5. Century Technology – Gifts and pledges will support the digitization of our collection of over 45,000 artifacts, provide increased online content for engagement of collections, exhibitions, and programs digitally, and bring the museum up to par with new technology and computers.

Your gift in support of the 100th, no matter the size or designation you choose, will be the most important gift you will make to the Wenham Museum. Our devoted community fuels the engine that drives us to provide you with a memorable experience every time you walk through our door. Join us, and hop on board the giving train today!

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Opening Reception

Opening Reception – Celebrating a Century:  Our Stories and Yours

On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the Wenham Museum kicked off its 100th Anniversary Year with an opening reception for Celebrating a Century: Our Stories and Yours, an exhibition featuring the best of the Wenham Museum’s permanent collection. Enjoy a casual cocktail reception with light refreshments, explore the exhibition, and meet our special guest, local artist, designer, and Wenham native, Lea Rutledge.

During this event, the Wenham Museum also revealed exciting updates to its brand and visual identity as it embarks on its second century.  Learn more about the Wenham Museum’s updated brand here.

About the Exhibition
Celebrating a Century: Our Stories and Yours shares the best of all of us. For 100 years, museum volunteers, staff, and community members have collected and preserved countless objects, textiles, and historic documents for future generations to learn and be inspired by our happies moments, our biggest triumphs, and our moments of redemption. In this major exhibition, the stories focus on five themes: children and family, community, philanthropy, citizenship, and justice. As we set forth into a new century, the North Shore meets the world and the past informs our future.

About Lea Rutledge
Our special guest, Lea Rutledge, is a local artist and designer. Inspired by her beloved hometown of Wenham, where here family has lived for five generations, Lea’s fabrics and wallpapers have been descripted as fresh, spontaneous, and nostalgic.”

The culture and heritage of the North Shore, family life and legacy, and our wonderful community have influenced Lea’s work and that of the Wenham Museum. Her remarks during the Opening Reception shared her perspectives on how this special place and the stories it holds have made its mark upon us all.

Watch the Program Photo Gallery

New Brand

Wenham Museum’s New Brand

In preparation for Wenham Museum’s 100th Anniversary, the Wenham Museum Board of Trustees hired Communications, Ink, a certified, women-owned, strategic marketing agency, to conduct a Deep Dive analysis of our membership and operations. This resulted in our new north star:

Escape to an easy-to-access place with a singular focus on families. An engaging gathering spot where stories and educational experiences meet to explore the past and develop new skills. A nostalgic place to build connections around our New England heritage and history. The North Shore meets the world and the past informs the future.
Generations at Play.

Their findings are reflected in the new logo. Working with input from staff, board members and donors, we are delighted to introduce our new visual identity:

In alignment with the Museum’s Vision 2022, our new brand focuses on providing heritage experiences for visitors of all ages and interests in a child-centered, artifact-driven experience that leverages our local history. It’s an exciting time!

Why a New Brand?

While much has changed over the past 100 years, the desire to gather, play and learn has remained compelling to all ages. However, our current logo did not reflect who we are today. Our collections have evolved and we are excited to welcome the Patton Family Archives into our community. From a graphic perspective, the current logo was hard to scale for digital platforms and lacked relevancy for today’s audiences.

While the Board of Trustees considered a new name change, we believe our name properly represents who we are and where we are located. It also has significant name recognition and a positive reputation within our audiences.

As a hands-on museum, the Wenham Museum is a transcendent place for all ages to play and be playful. Leveraging this concept, the new icon is an interpretation of a whirlygig. The whirlygig is a colorful, simple, kinetic toy that has been built and enjoyed by children and adults for generations. It’s simple, low-tech design is timeless and easy to master. The icon is a playful interpretation that is vibrant and energetic.

With its colorful appearance, this new icon represents the ability that play has to connect us through history, imagination, sentimentality and curiosity. The new tagline, Generations at Play, references the opportunity to create new memories grounded in play. It also shows us that we are never too old for play and for making generational memories. From tiny explorers to proud grandparents, the Wenham Museum has something for everyone.

The color palette is a vibrant palette that is appealing to people of all ages and interests. It also breaks beyond gender stereotyping with happy colors that draw us in.

While the new brand has changed, much has remained. The new brand remains tied to our culture and values. It relates to the old logo with a traditional typeface and red color while evoking more emotion and differentiating us from other cultural institutions. Best of all, we believe it will serve as a catalyst for new initiatives and re-energize our audiences.