The patrons of the museum are deeply saddened by the announcement that the museum may be closed. We are saddened by our own loss, but also the loss of the future generations who may never walk into the main room of the museum and be transported into their childhood dreams. We are also deeply concerned about abandoning the dreams and chivalry of Mr. Higgins, the man and community leader who reached out and supported the Worcester area.
As patrons of Higgins Armory, we are joining together to offer our assistance to the board and staff to aid in saving the museum. In only the few weeks of the news going public we have gathered over 3,000 patron members (at the time of this letter). To organize we have established a web page (www.savehiggins.org) and an active Facebook page. Although we have had only a short time we have documented over 70 possible funding opportunities with the potential to significantly increase the endowment.
We also have a petition from the patrons your serve, representing over 2,000 patrons from 44 States and 25 countries. Please take the time to review thier thought and comments.
We are a blend of all backgrounds and skills: Teachers, Engineers, Leaders, Laborers, Lawyers, Artists, Historians, Homemakers and Students from all over the country. Based on the media articles written the museum is facing a $400,000 loss each year.
What we ask is to give the patrons of Higgins time to help raise the needed endowment. A period of one year would allow for the patrons to go through all major grant, funding cycles and contact our vast databases of contacts throughout the world.
We conclude our plea with this question:
As trustees of Mr. Higgins’ Museum, have you done everything in your power, explored every option to ensure that his vision, dream and legacy have been protected?
We are here to serve The Higgins to the end.
Thank you for your consideration,
The Patrons of Higgins Armory