In the past, tithingmen walked the aisles of the Old Meeting House—tickling congregants awake with a foxtail or feather and, of course, passing the collection plate. Despite its importance to our community, this building has long struggled to secure sufficient funding.
Because this beautiful building has been so carefully restored and is continuously maintained, it may not appear to need financial assistance. But, sadly, that’s never been the case.
Since the Old Meeting House does not receive funds from the Town of Francestown—nor is it affiliated with the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society—today, as in the past, this “architecturally magnificent building” depends on gifts for its ongoing preservation.
The good news is that a variety of more contemporary funding opportunities—in lieu of tithing—are available today.
For $100 annually, anyone can become a Sustaining Member, helping to ensure this National Trust building remains central to our community. If this isn’t possible, please consider becoming an Annual Member for $40.
For years, businesses and corporations have donated, in cash or in kind, to the Old Meeting House, contributing substantially to our fundraising efforts. For example, Monadnock Paper contributed the banner announcing Antiques Appraisal Day, while Belletete’s Hardware, Bellows-Nichols Insurance Agency, Francestown Sand & Gravel, Harvester Market in Greenfield, and Lake Sunapee Bank in Peterborough sponsored the Tour de Francestown Bicycle Rides.
This website itself was made possible through the generosity of Monadnock Living Magazine, part of the Brookside Media Group.
Corporations are also invited to donate directly to the OMH Capital Campaign. Simply contact our President Steve Griffin, or any of our Trustees.
While the Old Meeting House of Francestown, Inc. depends on donations, many gifts—both past and present—have included time and skill as well as money. In the past, such gifts have included scraping and painting, winding the clock, providing refreshments, hosting a party before or after an event, and even creating decor for our building. In today’s digital age, volunteering can even mean creating and hosting our first website, as Jim von Rosenvinge so generously did. He also created our videos.
If you have an idea, a service you’d like to provide, or simply time to spare, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of our Trustees to volunteer. Your contribution, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.
Specific preservation projects—from steeple repair or gold-leafing the clock and weathervane to more mundane needs like installing drainage or repairing the furnace—often require more intense, if short-term, fundraising efforts. Please give generously to the our 2013 Capital Campaign.