Since its founding in 1967, the Beaumont Heritage Society has been a leader in historical preservation and promotion in our community. The forming of our society was in response to the need to protect our local historical landmarks such as the John Jay French home. We have been able to continue the mission of our history-based, non-profit organization due to the support and efforts of the members, staff, and volunteers. The Beaumont Heritage Society has been an asset to our home city, but we, as a leader in our community, always want to do more. This will only be possible with the continued success of fundraising efforts and the community outreach that defines the Beaumont Heritage Society.
In the past, the BHS has not only focused on education and the promotion of local history within museums, but also in our schools. In the preceding months, the staff has coordinated with local schools to bring field trips to the Chambers House and back to the John Jay French House. Also, the BHS Board has recently approved the forming of an Ad Hoc Education Committee to discuss education and how we can expand our efforts by possibly bringing our resources directly to the schools or the launching of a potential internship or young docent program. It is important that we not only preserve history, but also promote it to the future generations in our community. In The Historian in the Local Historical Museum, Douglas Dolan states that it is essential that the historian, the museums, and relevant historical bodies “be the catalyst to inspire and stimulate people to comprehend the past and its impact on the present and the future.” By educating and reaching out to the community, the Beaumont Heritage Society will be fostering future preservers and protectors of history and historical landmarks and resources.
As the BHS expands our programs and preservation efforts, we must also expand our fundraising and membership involvement. The staff, board, and volunteers have worked in recent years on such events as the Moonlight Masquerade Ball and the spring Easter Egg Hunt. This fall, on October 17th, we will be hosting the revived Pumpkin Walk at the John Jay French Museum. The public is invited to attend this fun, family-friendly event, with proceeds benefitting the Beaumont Heritage Society and its mission. This event is being planned and carried out by the staff and the Ways and Means Committee. All members are invited to attend committee meetings and participate. Please, do not hesitate to contact a BHS board member or staff with your ideas and willingness to help.
We are excited for the continued growth of the Beaumont Heritage Society and its efforts, and we look forward to seeing each of our members at future events.
Mark Phelan, President