Higgins Armory Museum patrons start petition drive, rally support at new website

 Worcester, Mass. (March 23, 2013) — Scores of ideas for funding and saving the Higgins Armory Museum, along with an online petition drive aimed at the Board of Trustees and Incorporators of the Museum, began popping up on a new interactive website launched today by fans of the Worcester institution.

Ralph Tillinghast, 37, a professional engineer who lived in Worcester for many years, came up with the idea for and created the website.

“ will serve as a repository for creative thinking, for alternative ways to keep the collection of armor in its historic castle, and a focal point for proposals and discussions by enthusiastic people all across the country who want to share new ideas for boosting the endowment and broadening awareness,” Tillinghast said.  “New ideas are coming in every day, and we are cataloguing all of them.” provides background on the situation, a link for donations directly to the Higgins Armory Museum, an open letter to the board, and a link to the “Save the Higgins” Facebook page which has attracted thousands of likes and reached hundreds of thousands of people, he said.

A native of Hancock, NH, Tillinghast now lives in Hardwick, NJ, where he works as a lab director at Picatinny Arsenal for the U.S. Army.

“My father was a leading historian on antique ammunition, which is why he and John Woodman Higgins had many business dealings based on their mutual interests,” he said.  “I love Worcester, where I earned my undergraduate degree in mechanical and electrical engineering, and my graduate degree in manufacturing engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

“My wife and I both worked as caretakers for the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester while she completed her degree at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Worcester.

“The Higgins Armory Museum is a treasured national asset that must be preserved. We’re determined to do whatever we can,” he added.

For more information, contact Ralph Tilllinghast at or via phone at: 862-268-1514.

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