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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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 Wellesley and Its Library 98 for generations have been the library's identity and legacy." The next year, on September 30, 1984, the Fund made its initial donation of $5,700 to the library, and the Trustees gave Fenno the honor of pre- senting the first check. One of the remarkable aspects of the Centennial Fund is that all of the fundraising, bookkeeping, publicity, program development, and execution (from the initial concept to providing refreshments), and almost all of the legal and investment work, has been done solely by the Centennial Fund Trustees. There have been five serving at a time, and over the past 30 years there have only been 15 different individuals, each averaging 10 years on the Board, with the longest terms belonging to Founding Trustees Wilkins (25 years) and Babson (20), along with Kellogg (22). There have also been three volunteer treasurers (Arthur Birkett, Robert Hinchliffe, and Kellogg, serving dual duty). For 30 years, the Trustees not only decided the direction, donations, and special projects of the Fund, but they wrote all of the fundraising As the initial fundraising progressed, there was an amazing out- pouring of grassroots support, and the donations poured in at a rate that even the most optimistic had not anticipated. A plaque hangs at the entrance of the main library with a long list of donors; only two were considered major gifts, the rest came in small contributions from dedicated library users of all ages. "It's notable that even modest contributions by loyal annual donors, over long enough time with little expense and moderate distributions, can grow to very significant amounts," says longtime Trustee Rusty Kellogg. On December 23, 1983, the Centennial Fund (named to celebrate its beginning during the 100th birthday celebration of the library) was officially incorporated, with founding trustees Katherine Babson, Alice Campanella, H. Shippen Goodhue, Elizabeth Hunnewell, and John Wilkins. At incorporation, the Fund's mission was emphatically described as "enriching and enhancing" the library's purchases. "We were deter- mined to make it a fund to supplement the materials collection, never to replace town money. That's what makes the Fund extraordinary," says Babson. "We created an unprecedented permanent endowment fund dedicated to preserving the collection's depth and quality, which left: The Centennial Fund has its roots in Wellesley's original 1883 library, which was the right half of this building, also containing the Town Hall. right: Horatio Hollis Hunnewell celebrated Wellesley's 1881 independence by building and donating the town's library. P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F C O U R T E S Y O F T H E W E L L E S L E Y F R E E L I B R A R Y ( L E F T ) A N D T H E W E L L E S L E Y H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y , W E L L E S L E Y , M A ( R I G H T )

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