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SAVE THE HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM

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 Since the Save the Higgins Armory petition went live on Saturday morning, fans from more than 25 countries and 45 states have logged in to express themselves with their signatures and with their comments. Their unedited views tell the story of the meaning and value of this venerable institution right from the heart.

  • We love the Higgins Armory Museum! Please exhaust every way possible to raise funds–business events, medieval dinners with programs, school events, a gala with fire eaters, participating in Renaissance Fairs. Higgins Armory is unique enough to save if at all possible.
  • We love the Higgins Armory! Please give it another chance!
  • I worked there during the summer of 1970, and loved the place. I have to believe some fund raising could save this place for future generations. I polished enough armor to not want it stuck in some warehouse – event the art museum is not going to have the collection shown as much as it currently is in its current location.
  • I remember a Boy Scout sleepover there when I was a child- it was a humbling experience and one I remember fondly to this day. It would be a failure of my generation if our children were not able to experience that same awe and wonderment. Don’t close Higgins!
  • We need to save for history and our kids growing up
  • I first visited Higgins Armory as an Elementary school field trip and I’ve loved the place ever since. I currently have a 7 year old son and he absolutely LOVES going to the museum!! We both love the kid friendly play room! It needs to stay open so many more children and adults can share in those fond memories!
  • This is a gem, a diamond waiting to be discovered! Closure of the Higgins Armory Museum would be a significant loss!
  • This Museum means a lot to a great deal of people. The economy has taken a lot from us as it is, this should not be one of them
  • We make a point of visiting any time we are in New England.
  • Once it is gone it won’t come back
  • Please, we’re losing too much already.
  • We need to keep this for the future children
  • This is one of the few things Worcester has left of significance.
  • It would be such a shame to lose such an amazing place.
  • we have enjoyed this armory for many years
  • I hope this helps
  • Had my first experience with Armory in the early 1970’s: school field trip from Littleton, MA. Also know that Westford Boy scouts have enjoyed overnight outings here in the past few years. I believe it is the only local museum that physically represents this period of history
  • This was a favorite of my children. We had a family membership for many years, and I was looking forward to bringing my grandchildren when I have them!
  • One of the most eagerly anticipated field trips my history students take. My curriculum (and their learning) will be greatly diminished by the loss of this unique and beloved museum.
  • Literally a national treasure–Higgins must be saved!
  • What would Mr. Higgins say?
  • Preserve the history…
  • Save this Landmark!
  • Too much history is disappearing. Whether due to lack of funding, interest or political correctness. History must be saved at all costs. If there is a need for money, might I suggest taking some the collection on tour. I live in Las Vegas and I’m sure that there are several casinos that would love to have your exhibit on display. The most promising would be the Excalibur.
  • This collection deserves to remain in the structure built to house it. It would be like moving the Gardner Museum Collection to a different location. The building is a monument of steel and glass.
  • Please keep open a unique museum.
  • Higgins Armory is a fantastic resource for historians as well as students. I hope we can keep it in the present location because the building is half the fun and educational process. Dividing up the collection will definitely diminish its importance.
  • Higgins is such a unique museum, a valuable learning tool, and a Worcester landmark. To close it would be a horrible loss for the city and the world.
  • save our history
  • I LOVED going to the Higgins as a child. I have very fond memories of walking the halls with my father, and was looking forward to sharing that experience with my own children. Please save the museum; it provides such a unique experience that is not replicated anywhere else in our region. It would be shame for Worcester County to loose this gem.
  • Have you explored the possibility of joining with WAM while keeping the collection at the armory? WAM appears to be well managed but separating the collection from its current home would be a tremendous loss.
  • Find a way!!
  • Please consider this petition seriously—it would be a tragedy to close the museum without allowing the Higgins Family to explore other options.
  • It’s a great place for families!
  • It will be a sad day for Worcester if the Higgins Armory closes. Have a public meeting to explain the finances and to recruit community members to save this special institution.
  • I support History even if it’s a little violent.
  • Please try to find a way to leave this wonderful museum open
  • I was saddened when I received word that such a valuable institution was being closed. Please reconsider your choice.
  • A special collection collected to be housed in a unique building, it would be a huge loss if the building and collection were separated from each other
  • A wonderful treasure that I had the pleasure of visiting in 2010. I spent the day here and was looking forward to a return.
  • Please do not close down this valuable resource. Thank you.
  • Don’t close this place down it’s iconic to Worc.!! and to the boy scouts and to everyone
  • The founder will roll over in his grave
  • Ask us to volunteer. I will.
  • I am the grandson of Bradley Higgins, and would hope that every effort possible is being made by the Board to achieve the required funding and save the museum.
  • We LOVE this place, let’s save it if we can!
  • Don’t give up the ship. Use the funds you raise from your auctions and other places to keep your place alive. Do not give it away to another museum just because they are fading fast. In fact perhaps they should liquidate and give the Higgins museum the proceeds. Also, the building itself is a real treasure and if it isn’t the greenest” building, so what! It is a magnificent structure and not “
  • With proper management, Higgins can, and should, certainly be saved.
  • This Museum has been a major part of my childhood and has taught me to love learning. Tearing this museum down would be a huge mistake and deprive hundreds of other children the same privilege. If you could find it in your heart to save this museum, I know it would mean a lot to a lot of people. Thank you
  • Please do not close. You have been a staple of my life since I was three, my mother since she was 11 and my daughter since she was 2. You have an amazing facility and future generations need to see a collection is that unique and amazing!
  • Please delay your vote.
  • Keep the Higgins open, too important to lose, try harder to save.
  • come on guys really?
  • A number of Colleges and non profits use life insurance donations to help add to their endowments. Have you looked into this??? If not I can help with this.
  • The Higgins is the kind of place that inspires learners of all ages to learn more about the past in an active, multisensory way. Having the collections self contained makes it unique and special, to close it would water down the collections value as a historical and educational resource. Plus it is another venue to highlight uniqueness of Worcester itself.
  • I visit there at least once a year.
  • As a history major from Worcester with a deep love for ancient and medieval history, it breaks my heart to even think of Higgins Armory closing without exploring EVERY possibly route to keep such a monumental landmark collection open.
  • It would be a shame to close that building!
  • Great Project!
  • My son loves that Museum
  • Please preserve the Higgins Armory Museum
  • I completed my IQP project from WPI in cooperation with the Higgins Armory museum. Without Higgins and the sponsorship from Dr. Forgeng I would not have had such a robust learning experience as I did. I have continued to encourage students at WPI through their Medieval Arts and Sciences club to visit Higgs Armory and learn about the things that inspired me in my projects.
  • I remember going to this as a child, and the history is too enormous to lose!
  • Is there a fund raising drive?
  • There must be something that can be done to save one of Worcester’s treasures.
  • This collection needs to stay in its castle!
  • As a competitive jouster, I made the drive down to see the armor at the Higgins. It is an invaluable resource for recreationists and amateur history buffs, as well as the professional academic world.
  • Please keep the museum open – I love it! Give the people a chance to support it and show that they want it, just like me!
  • My family and I have visited similar museums around the world and all countries hold museums of this sort in high regard. To lose this treasure of cultural significance shows once again that the USA focuses on culture of the moment and not significance. Please do your best to save this wonderful institution.
  • I will volunteer my time and talents to keep the museum open
  • a gem of a collection in a gem of a building
  • This is an important cultural establishment!
  • Advertise. I haven’t heard or seen anything about the museum until now
  • If it weren’t a 1,300 mile trip, I’d come to visit!
  • Thanks for getting the word out!
  • Is it true that there were raves there in the basement years ago?
  • This place is a cultural treasure!
  • Please preserve this excellent collection of valuable historic armory so that generations to come may enjoy it and learn its history.
  • I was a volunteer for 8 years and my kids loved summer activity camp.
  • I have visited the Higgins with the Boy Scouts and had a wonderful time.
  • The National Register Building is part of the Higgins collection as much as the armor is! It needs to be treated as part of the museum collection and NOT sold.
  • SAVE THE HIGGINS ARMORY!!
  • An important, historic, and beautiful building and collection. Do not let it go!
  • please don’t close Higgins, it’s such an educational place
  • Also, you might want to think about advertising. I know a lot of people here in Chicago who would love the museum and would travel to see it but they don’t know about it.
  • Museums are invaluable resources whose contributions cannot confined simply to the bottom line of an accounting sheet.
  • This museum needs to be preserved and saved.
  • History often shows that agreements (like the one you have with Worcester Art Museum) do not hold up. Just as the Higgins family entrusted” their family legacy to you. Would they have done that had they known you would bail out would they have made an agreement with you? I doubt it. Save the Higgins Armory.”
  • As a resident of Worcester and Paxton for decades I can say that this loss is immeasurable. Why weren’t we given the chance to try and save Higgins? Why was there no warning?
  • I grew up in Massachusetts and was first taken to the Higgins by my parents when I was eight years old; my last name Knight” having much to do with the reason, After having moved across the country, I still make return trips to visit the Museum. The Board of Trustees will be doing the entire country a great disservice by allowing the museum to be closed. I urge you to keep the Higgins open”
  • Please keep this important museum open!!!!!!
  • SHAME on you for sneaky, back room dealings resulting in the destruction of one of the few unique landmarks in Worcester. Shame on you!
  • I particularly appreciate the educational programs and friendly atmosphere of the Higgins. Also, seeing the collection in the building that was designed to highlight it is a special treat.
  • I grew up going here! It’s an amazing place to learn about history and let your imagination run wild! Please, don’t just close it; give the public an opportunity to help it stay open!
  • Massachusetts and the city of Worcester specifically, can not afford to lose this institution. It’s the only reason I ever go to Worcester.
  • I am at a loss to understand the lack of fund raising by the Board or outside contractor. As the Director of three non-profit organizations fund raising was an integral part of the ongoing plans of the Board.
  • The best of luck in your endeavor. The Higgins is a wonderful education facility for our youth and good memories for the many who have enjoyed it for many years.
  • fabulous collection of armor
  • A valuable asset to the area & State
  • Too many memories to throw away
  • You need to save this museum
  • The world needs to be able to protect its history.
  • From Leic.Ma. going to return to that area.
  • My father’s family was from MA and he strongly supported preservation of historic buildings.
  • This museum is a gem as is.
  • I grew up in Shrewsbury, MA and went to college at WPI in Worcester. I have several friends who have interned/worked at Higgins through the years, and it is an amazing place. The building the collection houses is as important to the museum experience as the collection itself. Please keep it open as a museum separate from the Worcester Art Museum (which I love as well).
  • Make an appeal to the Knights Templar for support
  • This deserves to stay open.
  • A museum like this cannot disappear! I hope to visit it one day!
  • My love of this place all started with a 3rd grade field trip in 1989
  • I loved this place as a kid and went again two years ago. I hope to go again in the future. Save Higgins.
  • What kind of Board considers giving away everything it is supposed to be protecting???
  • Getting met by the beautiful building and gazing at the knight on top always added excitement and inquiry from each of our kids. Part of the draw in for my kids was please can we go in and see more of that! Once inside you again captivated my children with a gloved hands on of the armory. I am glad to see this exhibit stay in Worcester but hope you can find some way to retain it in the Armory.
  • Get a grant from MassSave to insulate the building. Put a Solar array on the roof. Stage a medieval fair with jousting and other events as a cultural event to raise money.
  • I’m a former Curatorial Assistant and Docent with the HAM staff–we need ALL of the collection to be displayed and shared with the public…not most of it warehoused.
  • This museum is a treasure – I used to ride my bike over at least a couple of times each summer.
  • When I think of taking apart such an important and rare collection, I can only think of the terrorists who blew up the giant Buddha statues I
  • Put Rindy Higgins in charge. She gets things done.
  • Have a grant specialist investigate the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and see if the Higgins Qualifies.
  • Great place… Please save it!
  • Higgins armory is a treasure that separates Worcester from everyone else.
  • DO It!
  • So why has the Higgins not been fund raising and advertising it needs to raise funds to keep in business…..!?!?!?!?!?
  • We cannot fix our future without learning from the past. You have living lessons in your hands. Please don’t close it.. Promote it..
  • I grew up in Holden, MA and have been to Higgins a few times for field trips. Till this day I always remember the dog’s & horses’s armors. It was, and still is, a fascinating place to visit. Please find a way to keep it open. I look forward to the day when I can bring my children back to MA and visit all the wonderful historical site in which it has to offer, with Higgins as one of them.
  • FIND THE MONEY TO KEEP IT OPEN!
  • There is an old Chinese proverb: Remember your past before venturing out to the future.” “
  • I enjoyed this museum greatly when I visited it.
  • Higgins ROCKS
  • This museum is wonderful. I took my first fencing class there. I have very fond memories of it. The building itself is also a historic part of Worcester. Everyone who drives past it on the highway knows it’s the armory from the flags & knight statues on the roof. It is certainly a tourist attraction & I would be completely devastated to see it close forever. Please reconsider!
  • This is perhaps the most significant collection of arms and amour in New England. Art museums, however worthy their intentions, do not do arms and armor justice–their curators care only for appearance, not for historical or martial significance. The Higgins Armory Museum must be saved.
  • The Higgins was one of my favorite places to visit as a child. The exhibition of tools, weapons, and gear, and the workshops on the arts of war have contributed strongly to my interests in history and the performing arts. It would be a damn shame if no more kids got to visit the exceptional resource that the Higgins is.
  • I Loved this museum as a child! Higgins opened my eyes to the beauty and history of the medieval and renaissance period. Being able to see such a vast collection first hand in such a unique and historic building was amazing. The thought of future generations not being able to enjoy and relive this history in the same way is a shame. Keep it open!
  • It is a wonderful collection which should remain in Worcester.
  • It’s sad that you have no idea of the long-term effects of your educational outreach on both children and adults. Prior to chaperoning an overnighter (7 yrs ago?), I had no interest in history, nor did my cub scout. Now an Eagle candidate, he’s a history fanatic (mainly Greek), and is researching Romans in England for an upcoming trip abroad. You guys created a bunch of monstas! THANK YOU.”
  • Something unique is irreplaceable. This is a unique museum. Give people enough time, now that there is tremendous publicity about this, to find a way to endow its future.
  • For many years I took my 6th grade classes from the Providence Country Day School for wonderful day field trips to the Higgins Armory. Students were excited and awed by the armor, the displays and the hands on activities at the museum. Closing the armory without making every effort to find a better solution to keep the students of CT, RI, and MA from losing this incredible museum is a travesty.
  • I adore going to Higgins when I travel to Worcester to visit my partner. It’s such a beautiful, unique place full of such wonderful items. Please don’t close the museum. Everyone I know who has ever been there has fallen in love with it.
  • Don’t give up so easily!
  • My mother took me, I took my kids and My children have taken My grand children
  • This is such a mistake to close such a historic place. Once the damage is done and you close those doors the children and the communities will all suffer from being cheated out of such a wonderful experience.
  • Sell redundant pieces to get funds until revenue improves
  • As a nanny I’ve brought many children to Higgins, I know have 3 young children of my own and am deeply saddened that I will only be able to share this experience with my oldest! I would love. To see the armory stay open for many generations to come!
  • A Central Mass treasure that needs better fundraising and marketing strategies to reach a larger audience. Creative ideas are out there and can help to raise the profile of this gem, and make it a sustainable venture. New blood needed on the Board!
  • It was an awesome experiences sleeping over during my scouting years!
  • Higgins needs to be here for future generations!!
  • Think.
  • Find a way to save it!
  • Please consider developing an endowment fund drive online. I am certain you would be able to raise significant funds, given proper marketing. It
  • Save Higgins.
  • I grew up with Higgins and I believe everyone should.
  • I loved bring my classes there in the past
  • This is a unique building in a unique structure. Moving to a smaller art museum, which would only be able to display a small portion of the artifacts, would be a huge mistake.
  • The collection belongs in its original location! We have to keep it there.
  • I have loved this place since I was a child. I believe that upgrades can be made to the building to help it become more energy efficient and be able to support itself. There are many options that can be explored please explore them before closing the building. The charm of the museum is in the building!
  • As a child I used to go with my family to visit relatives in Worcester almost every year. The JWH Museum was one of my favorite places to go! It has such a unique collection – it would be criminal to close this treasure.
  • Please don’t close one of the wonderful places Worcester has going for it. How can people be encouraged to live in or visit Worcester if its assets are taken away one by one?
  • The Higgins is a wonderful place…I had my wedding reception there several years ago, have always loved visiting, and hoped to bring my son once he was older, and not having the Higgins would just be a terrible loss to the area.
  • Shame on you for not looking into all possible avenues to save it such as grants, federal and state funds,CEOs etc.
  • This fabulous museum should remain open and independent of the Worcester Art Museum. It is a Worcester treasure
  • This place is a treasure!!
  • I know that this museum is an important site for preserving a number of historical artifacts and knowledge and deserves to remain open.
  • Conveying the collection to the WAM is better than dismantling it and packing it away or breaking it up, however, the Higgins Armory is an institution that has been deeply enjoyed by generations and should continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. I told my adult son how I regretted that he would not have the thrill of bringing his future children to Higgins Armory as had I.
  • This is a landmark of Worcester county – I grew up in Princeton Ma and took field trips to this wonderful museum. Please keep this for future generations. It is so rich with history.
  • wonderful place for children
  • If you have been trying to raise money to save the Higgins, why didn’t anyone know until it showed up in the paper?
  • Please do not let this historic building be shut down use fb to raise money have people become members there has to be a way to save it.
  • Went for the first time in 2012 and loved it!! Can’t wait to go back!!! Keep it OPEN!!!!
  • How about the old Fall River Armory Building -http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bank_Street_Armory.jpg
  • I agree that time to raise an endowment is needed, and that those most committed to doing so were not given enough time to do so.
  • I lived most of my 54 years in Worcester; the city has lost so much in businesses, our tree and so much more but the thought of the armory closing well that just is such a shame. It is more than the history of the armors and displays there, it is Worcester history, please find a way to keep it for our children’s children to still walk amongst its wall as we did…….
  • Higgins is a diamond in our city. Awesome building, tourist attraction, educational and historic gem! PLEASE don’t close it! 🙂
  • I would love to come your way and visit.
  • Don’t close this treasure!
  • We beg of you, please consider ways to keep the Higgins open!
  • This place makes me feel so young whenever I go there. cause I went there when I was a kid and never forgot my 1st visit
  • Everything in this petition makes sense – please consider this!!!
  • THIS IS A GEM WE CAN NOT LOOSE
  • Please save the Higgins in its entirety, not just as an add on to the Worcester Art Museum. It deserves to have every avenue explored.
  • I attended Northfield-Mount Hermon school and lived in Mass in the past. Unfortunately I didn’t acquire an appreciation of the amour and weapons of the period covered by the Higgins until after I moved back west of the Rockies. I wish to return one day with family and friends to hopefully visit this fine establishment. I *have* appreciated it as best I can form afar via various media (Facebook, w
  • To break up these pieces would be a travesty. They need to stay together
  • How can you close down the only place of this kind in the Western Hemisphere??
  • I had a field trip there in 2nd. grade. haven’t been there since, however it would be a shame to see it go. and for what…. some stupid retail whatever.
  • Please keep this wonderful place open – it is well loved and the history is awesome.
  • This is a treasure that MUST be saved! For heavens sake, get creative!
  • this is history I went in 3rd grade and I loved it soon all the cool things will be gone
  • I grew up in Worcester and still visit my family there. My sons are 3 and 1, and I’m saddened that they might not have the chance to visit Higgins like I did so often as a child.
  • AT LEAST GIVE IT THE YEAR TO GROW
  • Why would you do this? This museum belongs to the community and its history. You were only a messenger/manager and what you’re proposing is wrong. Don’t take this history away. Get a new board who cares and who has the energy and forward thinking to only improve not erase.
  • It’s an awesome museum! Please don’t close it!
  • I have wanted to visit the Higgins for more than half my life, but events have never transpired to allow me that chance. I am an avid historian, and museum patron, I have visited many of the the best museums our country has to offer, including the Smithsonian, the Met, the museum of Natural History and many many others. The Higgins is at the top of my list of museums to visit.
  • WAM absorbing The Higgins Armory is equal only to the MFA absorbing The Isabella Gardner Museum.
  • dear friends of mine – save the armory!
  • Please reconsider the closure of Higgins Armory it’s an amazing museum and one of the few if not the only museums in the Massachusetts area that contains so much information about the Medieval time periods.
  • Please consider more active fundraising techniques before you shut it down!
  • I have been visiting Higgins Armory since I was a child. It would be great loss financially, historically, and economically for such a magnificent building to close. Please do not destroy history.
  • As a long time practitioner of medieval martial arts and a one time member of the Museum (Back when I lived on the east coast) I can’t say enough about the quality of display and outreach this museum represents to both the enthusiast and the amateur medievalist alike. I believe a sustainable endowment CAN be created, once enough people are brought in to the process.
  • The building itself is too beautiful to sit dormant and empty. It all belongs together. Let us spread the word and give it some time. It is part of the Worcester PRIDE.
  • I believe that the look the feel and the energy of visiting your collection would suffer greatly if it is allowed to be removed from its current home, the home that was designed for the collection to be viewed, studied, admired and maintained. I do strongly appeal to you to reconsider the decision to move the collection and the programs that you have developed to support and educate.
  • The Higgins Armory really IS a unique and special place to learn. The only thing missing is the moat.””
  • To lose this treasure would be a travesty! My kids love going here
  • The Higgins is always on my to visit” when I’m in the area.”
  • Love this armory. Love the history
  • There is a new generation of artist/historians that need to be able to have access to the actual items in North America.
  • A wonderful museum which has been doing a great job at reaching out to the community
  • Mass born & raised. My children loved this place
  • If the museum must be sold, please keep it on site in the Armory. The building is as precious as the collection itself. Thank you!
  • In today’s world, WE NEED IT. I’m 19 years old and the most formative memories of my childhood were at the Higgins Armory. It’s the only redeeming part of Worcester.
  • Please keep this resource alive. It has a uniqueness all its own and is a valuable tool in getting kids to learn about history…and a really cool aspect of that history!
  • My son went to camp there when he was young. He loved it & was sad to hear that the museum is closing.
  • That place was my favorite place as a kid, please don’t take away my future kids ability to experience and love what I did so many years ago.
  • Stop taking away our history. These are the roots under which we were created.
  • PLEASE, publish the reasons considered to close the armory. PLEASE, accept worthy alternatives for consideration to avert closing. I have never been, but my life has been enriched and guided by knowing and meeting friends who have visited the Higgins over the last 30 years. Thank you.
  • My husband and I love the museum and have for many years. My husband Anthony Valeri is willing to volunteer his time to help save the armory.
  • Originally from Rhode Island and having been to The Higgins, this would be a detrimental blow to the history that the museum houses.
  • My experience from the armory from childhood has always been an impressive one in which the history of that era was very excited and my life was enriched every time I went. The collection is of inestimable value to the city, the state and to our nation as a whole and should qualify for a national endowment. The collection belongs in its current home to be enjoyed for future generations.
  • Do whatever it takes.
  • SAVE THE HIGGINS!
  • History MUST be preserved for all to see
  • Keep it open!!
  • Closing the Higgins and moving the collection to the WAM will hurt Worcester. Cultural institutions should seek to grow through partnership and collaboration; they should avoid consolidation. Closing the museum is short-sighted and does a huge disservice to the community.
  • Please don’t close your truly unique institution. There must surely be some way to keep doing the great work you are doing.
  • Use the auction money! Save the Higgins!!
  • When I worked at the Central Mass Reg’l Ed Center (West Boylston) in the 1970’s, the Higgins Armory was one of the most significant cultural experiences in Worcester. The unique collection makes the Armory a national resource with a local appeal — I hope that this element of the Museum’s history will be credited in the Board’s decision-making.
  • Many VERY happy memories of visits when I was a child. It’s a magical place and it would be a shame for future generations of children to miss out on that feeling and the knowledge gained from a visit to Higgins Armory.
  • your public support is growing like wildfire. delay the vote, hang in there, and we’ll help save you!
  • I lived in Worcester for 5 years and Higgins is definitely a staple for the community.
  • It is a wonderful collection. I don’t understand why you are closing..
  • I grew up going to the Higgins as a kid and enjoyed it even more when I was a student at WPI. Hope the Board will reconsider the situation and try a change in management before you give up!
  • It’s a wonderful and educational facility.
  • been going since I was little. Do not close
  • This is an awesome place!
  • Please save Higgins! My kids and I love going here!
  • If we forget our past, we are doomed to repeat it.
  • We were volunteers once for a few years and we loved it!! How about utilizing volunteers more. We would love to help in any capacity needed!! I am sure there are many others who feel the same! Also High Schools are requiring community service hours for each year of school and for graduation. These young people can also be a great asset to Higgins and Higgins could be a great inspiration to them!
  • Please save this wonderful piece of history!!!
  • The Higgins is a unique, hidden treasure. I didn’t know it existed until last year and when I went for my first visit, realized how special the museum was. It needs more attention and perhaps that will bring more people to visit it, bringing in more revenue and hopefully allowing it to stay open.
  • I was born and raised in Worcester, MA and spent many a happy afternoon at the Armory. It would be such a shame for future generations to not be able to visit. I even took my daughter there on many an outing to look n wonder at the historical artifacts. I just can’t believe that this place would not be there for others to enjoy. Please keep Higgins Armory alive!
  • I grew up in Worcester and I visit Higgins every year when visit. Do not close!
  • I am a life long Worcester resident and it’s a shame to hear of this. The armory is an amazing place and belongs right where it is!
  • Please don’t lose this amazing collection in its unique setting!
  • My family grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. We have fond memories of visiting the Higgins Armory, as do now our children. Please keep this valuable historic armory open. I strongly encourage the Board of Trustees to reconsider, and allow the Higgins Armory to remain open for all to enjoy.
  • Please grant 1 yr delay in proceeding with the vote for closure.
  • Going to the Amory was an exciting part of my history studies in school. I would hate to think that future generation are unable to see history come to life, as I did, in this new world of slimmed down education which, I feel, is part of the reduction of today’s new Educational deprivation.
  • This is one of my favorite museums, and a very unique place. Closing it would be getting rid of a fantastic and well loved resource.
  • Given there is someone who has stepped up to the plate to raise the money required for building and collection maintenance, I’m urging you to give this fundraiser a chance to raise money for your use. Doing so necessitates putting off your action to offer the Armory to another museum and close the building for at least one year — delaying may be the best thing your museum has experienced recent
  • So upset to think anyone would give up on Higgins. So sad.
  • Do Not bury this treasure chest
  • Too many great local museums are not appreciated for their contribution to culture, community and history. Keep the Higgins open!
  • We cannot look to the future if we don’t’ understand where we’ve come from. Please help preserve the past!
  • Please reconsider, for the sake of historical preservation!
  • Touring the museum was one of the highlights of being a student in Worcester. If area schools are no longer touring as part of the appropriate history classes, the board needs to reach out to them….
  • keep the museum open, preserve our history
  • I love the Higgins armory. I grew up learning there. It must be saved.
  • Such fond memories of this place. It would be a real blow to the heart to see this place shut its doors forever. Future generations will have lost the possibility of lasting memories.
  • I absolutely loved this place. I visited more then once. I would keep on coming and bring my kids.
  • The Higgins Armory Museum is a treasure. It should not be absorbed into another museum.
  • I brought my daughter there for the first time about a year ago, she is 11. She had so much fun and it got her into liking history, to an extent. I think that anything that gets a child to like learning or want to learn on their own is an amazing gift that should not be taken away.
  • My favorite museums are the small, intimate, interactive ones and in moving this collection from this fabulous building you destroy the vision of Mr. Higgins. Please delay this closing for a year to give it a chance to stabilize its funding and make the building more energy efficient. This museum is a national treasure and should be treated as one!
  • An amazing collection that is a local jewel.
  • I’m active duty military, so history of armament means more to me now than ever before. Even when I was a little kid it was one of my favorite things- I had a birthday party at Higgins! Higgins Armory is something that must not be lost; a treasure that must be preserved for future generations. I plan on making a visit on my return from overseas this year, and truly hope it will not be my last.
  • Do not close the museum. I am a member of this valuable museum and am totally against selling the collection.
  • I really enjoyed my visit to the Higgins Museum. It is certainly well worth saving.
  • advertisements; increase admission cost; international grants(foundation help from UK)
  • Please keep the Higgins at its current location! It keeps children dreaming of the times of lords and ladies in a way that a gallery in a museum cannot.
  • Even though it was around 15 years ago, I remember visiting Higgins Armory with my Girl Scout troop as a little Brownie. I loved looking at the massive collection and being amazed that armor for a dog actually existed. The collection the museum houses is one of the best in the world. In no museum I have visited, even in Boston or Washington DC, have I seen so many suits of armor in one place.
  • We need to work harder to green” the building and keep the armor in it.”
  • How about launching a campaign such as “Kickstarter?”
  • Each of our three children, in turn, visited the Higgins during fifth grade. It was an important part of their social studies curriculum for that year
  • The collection and the building belong together.
  • We need to keep our past!
  • I have never heard of or visited this museum before but now I want a chance to see it. Please don’t close and deny people like me the chance to see this amazing sounding museum!
  • Higgins Armory, don’t go!
  • Keep the place alive I want to visit and bring my family to it in the future
  • I’ve never been to the Higgins Armory Museum, but I love the idea of a museum dedicated to nothing but arms and armor. It would be a great loss if this place closed, regardless of where the collections went next.
  • it’s got my last name, I’ve gotta help.
  • I’ve always enjoyed going to Higgins Armory as a child and being reminded of the existence of Western martial arts – something that popular culture neglects in favor of Eastern martial arts. The Armory is invaluable to history and art – a history of people who lived by warfare and the creations forged by a dying skill. Please delay the closure, There must be something that can be done.
  • I have the fondest memories of visiting the Higgins Armory museum when I was a child with my father and grandparents. Last year, we made a trip cross-country so that the next generation (my children and their cousins) could visit. We had a fantastic visit! A few ideas to generate publicity/funds: Ask people to share pictures of armory fun on Facebook, add a donate button to your site…
  • Please do not close the Higgins as it is a unique museum in the western hemisphere and will be greatly missed.
  • If family obligations ever allow me to travel again, I should love to visit this museum due to my historical interests.
  • Please look for other options! Crowdsourcing is an option.
  • There is no need to close and pass on the collection. A valid community outreach for help with solutions has not even been done.
  • History is important. It is our past. To destroy it is to destroy the essence of man.
  • Please keep it open, we need to keep these beautiful, old, precious things
  • pls save the museum, I love armor, and this institution has the greatest exhibits
  • If the Higgins closes, what happens to all of the special classes and events? The study of Viking fighting? Please try to save it!
  • This place is honestly incredible and I’m so lucky to have it within a reasonable driving distance.
  • WE WANT MORE ARMOUR AND STUFF!
  • Reach out to bloggers and spathology enthusiasts, blacksmiths, swordsmiths and such people to spread the word in the community.
  • We have regularly participated in your Festival of Ale and we’d be glad to help out in any way possible.
  • It is hard to believe that people would be so narrow minded as to actually close Higgins Armory.
  • The Higgins is more than a museum; it’s a play-place. The WAM also holds a very special place in my heart, but the Higgins offered an experience not available in Chicago. The Chicago art museum has an armory, it’s not the same. I can still remember wearing a helmet when I was 10 in a live demonstration, or watching a sword attempt to cut into my dad while he was wearing chain-mail. I’m now 22.
  • It’s such a unique, inspiring place to visit whether you are a child or an adult. I would be crushed to see it closed down.
  • Please save this wonderful museum.
  • Always was eager to visit the museum any time II was in MA
  • Kickstarter, gofundme, or similar should be good. If energy for heating and cooling are the biggest concern, perhaps look at hiring a consulting firm, or talk to a local university about doing an energy audit of the building, and see if there are ways to improve it’s efficiency and reduce costs
  • I love this place!
  • Please be open to pursuing all – or any – of the proposals to keep the museum open. It’s the right thing to do 🙂
  • I loved the place! If more Canadians knew about it they would be visiting.
  • a wondrous place deserves to remain
  • I think a giant Renaissance Faire with fighting demonstrations would be an excellent way to raise some funds.
  • Please consider expanding the Museums hours of operation as well. Thank you.
  • this wonderful place has really made an impact on my childhood. please don’t take away this opportunity from other kids.
  • I loved visiting this museum when I lived in Mass. It will be a great loss to all of us.
  • This museum is beautiful and a gift to the region. Please do what you can to preserve it!
  • I want the board to know that I am upset. I feel that those involved in the Worcester Art museum have a huge conflict of interest. I am very upset with the way that this was handled. I have lost my desire to visit the Worc. Art Museum at this time. We have visited Higgins Armory on a yearly basis. I hear your accounting to save the Higgins was unacceptable. No list of what you did to save it.
  • As a historian and a teacher, I hope that all communities would do all they can to preserve institutions like this.
  • My husband went there every year with his parents and siblings–now we take our children there once a year. It is a tradition.
  • Until I have had a chance to figure out why you need to close and fore me to share this news with more people, I hope you will delay….. Thank you
  • I understand that against a council and millions of dollars, the views and memories of a single person does not matter that much, but the knowledge that hundreds, thousands, even millions have benefited from such a place. I never could understand history until my mother took me here. This place truly did change my life. Maybe not significantly, but certainly enough to make a difference to me.
  • I think It’s wrong to just get rid of history
  • Everyone loves this museum! And the public is willing to fight for it. It is a unique collection in a unique building. What is to be lost if the trustees and the incorporators were to wait another year to give the public a chance to save it? Only the endowment, which would be lost anyway. I am personally willing to volunteer time to research grants and write up proposals to increase funding.
  • It is such a unique place to go see, a friend of mine from Oregon came here and was amazed by how great of a place Higgins is and she took a picture of just about everything that was inside.
  • Please do more grant writing and petition the mayor for more funds!! anything to save the museum where it is

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Voices of the People

  1. Marc Frigon says:

    I first came to the Armory when I was a child, and now that I have a son of my own, I cannot wait to bring him when he is older. The arms and armor are great in themselves, but what makes the whole experience all the more breathtaking is the building in which they are housed. Closure of this museum would be an incredibly sad and senseless loss, and I firmly believe that the board is premature in going forward with such a course of action. Save the Higgins!

  2. Patricia Tai-Cioffi says:

    Dear Higgins Armory,

    Not sure who one should contact but I heard on NPR this AM there is a vote to close the Higgins armory and sell/give much of the exhibits to the Worcester Art Museum. I wanted to voice my support for Higgin’s granddaughter-against the merger.

    On a personal note, I had my wedding there last year. One of the reasons we chose the armory, is as a “public” venue, we thought we’d always be able to go back. My husband voiced sadness that we may not be able to bring our 8 month old son there when he is bigger. Our guests, many out of town, *LOVED* the venue.

    I agree with the grand daughter that fundraising should be a bigger priority and more publicitiy. My husband has lived in Boston for 20 years, myself for 10 years and prior to 2010 we had never even heard of it. We just happened to visit on a date with an AAA coupon. It is a unique venue as you all know. Mr. Higgins, the steel magnate, designed the building to house the armor which is a tribute to his work and generous legacy, not a local art museum. It was interesting to me when I read the Boston Globe article that the Higgins armory had 60,000 visitors to the Worcester Art Museum’s 45,000 on roughly less than 1/10 the budget ($1.3 million vs $9 million). Bluntly, I would never go to Worcester for the art museum when Boston’s MFA is down the road but I would go the Armory because there is no other place like that in New England, or much of the United States for that matter!

    I’m a pediatrician and saw some schools taking field trips there, have had a lot of kids who remember going as a child or want to go when they hear about it. It is a place that sparks the imagination, putting together past, present and I hope will continue into the future.

    If the vote is passed to keep the museum open, I would be happy to volunteer services and work on fund-raising as needed. The museum should definitely schedule more activities to engage the community. The new kids room is a treasure.

    I have to start my work day but wanted to dash out the email when I heard about the vote while on my morning commute in the car. Had I more time, I would have composed a more articulate letter. Regardless, give my thanks to the Higgin’s granddaughter for trying to keep her grandfather’s legacy alive and for the family to have kept such a wonderful venue open through the years. May there be many more.

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Tai-Cioffi.

  3. Adam says:

    The context of an item in its culture is important. Higgins places arms and armor in their proper context. These items can be appreciated as art but they are not art, they are practical items designed to protect the human body from harm or to inflict harm on others. This is ugly but true and without this context they simply became some thing “cool” or “pretty” reducing our understanding. Higgins puts these items in a proper context something I do not feel an art museum can acomplish

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