Our Impact

Our passion and love for Weir Farm is at the heart of everything we do, and has fueled our commitment to support the park.  Since our founding in 2015, we have proudly developed many projects and programs for this historic treasure.

A few highlights include:

2020

  • Worked closely with representatives from the U.S. Mint, the community and park staff to launch the 2020 Connecticut state quarter in the “America the Beautiful” series featuring Weir Farm, A National Park for Art.
  • Designed and distributed a unique announcement campaign to promote and commemorate the 2020 CT Quarter depicting Weir Farm.
  • Collaborated with the Weir Farm Art Alliance and United States congressional delegates to introduce a bill in both the Senate and House of Representatives to change the park’s designation from Weir Farm National Historic Site to Weir Farm National Historical Park to better represent the park’s complex cultural, natural and recreational resources to the public.
  • Awarded the annual Friends of Weir Farm Student Art Scholarship to recognize artistic excellence to two high school seniors whose creativity and artistic vision continue the legacy of Julian Alden Weir and Weir Farm NHS.

 

2019

  • Launched a letter campaign to state officials and local communities detailing the impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown on the park and community, and advocated on behalf of the park for a speedy resolution.
  • Collaborated with family members and Weir Farm Art Alliance to acquire J. Alden Weir’s painting, Early Moonrise (circa 1891), and added this stunning painting to the park’s collection.
  • Purchased supplemental interpretative materials for the Young Studio, including two etched copper engraving plates and tools for use in interpreting in the engraving room.
  • Created engaging materials and organized five new Junior Ranger Family Fun Days to encourage opportunities to observe, explore, and appreciate the park’s natural and cultural resources.
  • Developed new curricula for school group visits in collaboration with park interpretive staff.
  • Supported the NPS “Healthy Park, Healthy People” initiative by donating a dozen rustic wooden hiking sticks, to invite visitors of all ages to borrow a stick, “Take a Hike” and explore the Weir Farm landscape and woodlands.

 

2018

  • Created the Weir Star Service Award to recognize exceptional service excellence to Weir Farm NHS. Presented the Weir Star Service Awards to five outstanding interns.
  • Created a rack brochure for display in the Park Visitor Center to increase public awareness of contributions in support of Friends of Weir Farm and Weir Farm NHS.
  • Organized and sponsored an educational field trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT for Weir Farm NHS staff and volunteers.
  • Received funds and collaborated with park curatorial staff to finalize the Weir Barn Historic Furnishing Plan.
  • Recruited volunteers, hosted a lunch for 40 park staff and volunteers, and provided refreshments to over 300 visitors for the “Art in the Park Festival” celebrating Founders Day.
  • Hosted Weir Barn Sneak Preview event to recognize Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust grant and donor support and open the historic Weir Barn to the public for the remainder of the season.

2017

  • Hosted Junior Rangers of all ages in “Junior Ranger 101” activities at Weir Farm NHS as part of National Park Week.
  • Helped the park increase capacity by 20% by working closely with Weir Farm NHS park staff to recruit, engage and support volunteers in the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program.
  • Collaborated with G&B Cultural Center and Weir Farm Art Alliance to host a closing reception for “Art in the Park” exhibiting artists.
  • Led initiative to secure Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy’s proclamation establishing May 20th as “Every Kid in a Park Day.”

 

2016

  • Supported the National Park Service BioBlitz initiative by helping to bring over 350 fourth graders to explore and survey the natural resources at Weir Farm NHS.  In addition, provided lunch and logistical support to 150 park volunteers during the event.
  • Launched a Friends of Weir Farm NHS fundraising campaign to fund new initiatives for the National Park Centennial.
  • Promoted visitation to Weir Farm NHS at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk screening of the “National Parks Adventure” IMAX film.
  • Hosted end-of-year recognition for Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program.

2015

  • Funded historic furnishings research for the Weir House Kitchen to help the park restore the room to its circa 1940 appearance.
  • Represented Weir Farm NHS at Cannondale Grange, Muscoot Farms and Danbury Volunteer Fair for Cartus employees to encourage park visitation.
  • Supported the park’s milestone 25th Anniversary Celebration and Open House.

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Friends share a passion for Weir Farm NHS and are dedicated to supporting the park.

We invite you to join us!