WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the outstanding fundraising program in the country, and has blazed the trail for public-private partnerships in Wellesley. But in 1983, Fenno's goal was modest. To figure out how to start his plan, he gathered a group of town activists including Katherine (Gig) Babson, Larry Benzie, Mary Ann Cluggish, Betsy Powell, and Library Trustee John Wilkins. "At our first meeting, Brooks was talking about raising $25,000," recalls Cluggish, who later became a Library Trustee. "I looked at him and said, 'I didn't get up 6:00 am to talk about raising only $25,000!' " She asked Reynolds how much she needed to maintain the quality of the library's collections. She said $50,000 per year, but added that with budget restrictions that was just a dream. The group said no, it's not a dream; we'll make it a reality. They decided to aim for a $500,000 endowment fund, hoping to spin off $50,000 annually from income. "But I'm not sure we really thought we could do it," Cluggish says, since that goal would be $1.2 million in 2015 dollars. "We were stunned at what we'd set out to do; it seemed a huge task." They launched into fundraising, although none of them had attempted it before and Wellesley had never seen a similar undertaking. There were phone banks (using dozens of volunteers and resources donated by Babson College), mass mailings, speeches at town clubs, and parties. The most memorable of the latter was held at the Hunnewell Estate, then the home of Walter and Luisa Hunnewell. They had never loaned their home for an event like this, but Walter's great-grandfather was Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, one of the town's founding fathers and its greatest benefactor. (He had named his estate, built in the 1850s, "Wellesley" and, in 1881 when our town was born, it took that name to honor him.) Hunnewell gave his new town its town hall and library and, because he had a great passion for books, he filled the library with 5,000 of his own volumes. This library, built in 1883, was eventually combined with the town hall next door, and is today the right half of that building. 96 Wellesley and Its Library W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 When Robert Hinchliffe (center) retired as the Centennial Fund's longtime treasurer, the Fund Trustees created the Robert J. Hinchliffe Military History Fund to honor him. The Hinchliffe Fund, which also commemorates his service in WWII, has already purchased more than 600 books, making the Wellesley library the regional center for military studies. Left to right, Fund Trustees Caleb Aldrich, Katherine (Gig) Babson, John Wilkins, Robert Hinchliffe, Norma O'Reilly, and Rusty Kellogg. B E T H H I N C H L I F F E

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