Dear Friends of the Gloucester Meetinghouse,

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation celebrates its fifth anniversary amid an unprecedented year of turmoil and uncertainty. The good news is that we continue forward in our mission to preserve the historic 1806 Meetinghouse and its use as a community venue for music, the arts, and dialogue.

As conditions allow, we look forward to resuming a full schedule of concerts and events that bring together audiences of all generations, cultures, and musical tastes.

Keeping these activities moving in difficult times requires resources. We’ve benefited from many supporters including the Community Preservation Act, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Caldwell Foundation, plus gifts from generous private donors. But we need your help now to keep operations working smoothly and provide matching funds that are often required with grant support.

Please help by giving as generously as you can to this, our annual appeal to Meetinghouse Foundation members and friends, literally around the world.

We hope to see you all in person in 2021.

Charles Nazarian, President
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

The Foundation’s Recent Accomplishments

Fire Deterrence Project completed to protect the iconic Meetinghouse in the heart of Gloucester's Historic District. To ensure that the whole building remains protected during a power outage a 50KW generator was installed.

Green Envelope Project continues with work to structurally enhance, weatherproof and restore the Meetinghouse tower and further insulate the building shell. It demonstrates how the best historic preservation and energy conservation practices can complement each other.

Restoration of Meetinghouse Green advanced with completion of a comprehensive Feasibility Study. It includes disease-resistant Elms, grid supported lawn to facilitate event parking, ADA access walks, and restored period fencing with wrought iron entrance gates. This will maintain and secure one of the last significant green spaces in Gloucester's city center.

Music on Meetinghouse Green 2020 raised more than $10,000 from weekly on-line gifts plus money given by generous sponsors. Funds were shared with eight local nonprofit organizations that ordinarily would benefit from freewill donations during the outdoor summer music festival.

The annual MLK Day celebration featured Boston civil rights leader Byron Rushing plus the launch of the Cape Ann Slavery and Abolition website and our Family Movie and Crafts Day again delighted a multi-generational audience. This was the last live event held before the pandemic. The Bach Birthday and Holocaust Remembrance concerts were postponed.

Our climate initiative, TownGreen2025, began a new partnership with the Cape Ann Climate Coalition to develop a visionary, multi-community approach toward mitigating the effects of climate change. They commissioned a Climate Action Study by the Harvard GSD; details at towngreen2025.org