The Webster Groves Historical Society Invites you to assist us as we launch our Capital Campaign to raise $100,000 to maintain and preserve the Historic Hawken House and Webster Groves History Center.
We have given much thought to this serious and ambitious undertaking. It requires commitment and teamwork from the Webster Groves Historical Society Board, along with the involvement and support of the communities that we serve.
We understand that the first thing you might ask is – what do you need the money for?
As with any old house, especially ones that are 150+ years old, we have considerable maintenance and repair work to do. This work is critical to the preservation, safety, and long-term viability of the Hawken House Museum. Protecting both the historic structures and our rich heritage distinguishes our community from many others in the St. Louis region, and it is an important reason why Webster Groves is such a desirable place to live.
Here are some things that are on our list:
- restoring the upper and lower side porches
- fixing interior damage in the kitchen, upstairs bedrooms, and front hallway.
- replacing shutters
- replacing the cellar door
- repairing the inlay gutters, soffits, corbels, and windowsills
- painting inside and out (we must seal the Lead-Based Paint on all surfaces)
The Hawken House as a History Center serves as a repository of interesting artifacts, fascinating knowledge, and relatable family stories, not just for our community but for guests that come visit us from all over the country.