FREEDOM'S WAY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
The Freedom’s Way Heritage Association, founded in 1994 and incorporated as a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization, was identified in the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area enabling legislation as the local coordinating entity for the heritage area.
As a partnership endeavor, the Freedom’s Way Heritage Association serves as facilitator, host, and guide for heritage area-wide presentation and activities. The Association recognizes the special identity of the region and works to preserve and enhance the natural and cultural resources that define its sense of place. The heritage area’s programs and initiatives are offered by organizations within the region and coordinated by the Freedom’s Way Heritage Association.
As a catalyst for communication and collaboration, the Association is strategic and entrepreneurial in its approach to promote a place‐based identity for the heritage area that celebrates and protects its natural, historic, and cultural resources.
The heritage area has a special relationship with the National Park Service and Minute Man National Historical Park based on the organizational structure defined in the heritage area’s enabling legislation and upon shared interests in historical significance, story, and the mission of identifying and preserving natural and historic resources for the benefit of future generations.
We connect the people, places and communities of the Heritage Area through preservation, conservation and educational initiatives to protect and promote our shared resources and encourage residents and visitors to explore our landscape, history and culture.
The Heritage Area is a place where people are inspired by the historical and intellectual traditions that underpin the concepts of freedom, democracy, conservation and social justice. Building upon this legacy, we collaborate to create strong communities and support a regional identity.
Four overall goals have been developed, representing aspects of the heritage area’s principal fields of endeavor and furthering the heritage area’s mission and vision.
- To foster a culture of stewardship to preserve the natural, historic and cultural resources of the heritage area as a legacy for future generations.
- To engage and collaborate with organizations, interests and individuals to create a shared regional vision as a living link across landscapes, history and time.
- To promote sustainable communities throughout the heritage area that reinforce its character and sense of place.
- To inspire generations of lifelong learners through innovative educational and interpretive initiatives that connect stories – past and present – to residents and national and international visitors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
November 2017 — November 2018
Margaret E. Bagdonas, President
Margaret Coppe, Secretary/Clerk
Paul T. Przybyla, Treasurer
Anne S. DeBoalt
Cheryl S. Steele
Patrice Todisco, Executive Director
Amy Tarlow-Lewis, Program Consultant
Maud Ayson, Consulting Program Director
Desiree Demski-Hamelin, NPS-RTCA Community Assistance Fellow
Linda Bowie, Communications Manager
Richard Gioiosa, Graphic Designer
Advisory Council 2018
American Antiquarian Society
James David Moran
Vice President for Programs & Outreach
Arlington Historical Society
Beaver Brook Association
Chair City Community Arts Center
Director of Education and Public Programs
Fitchburg Art Museum
Fort Devens Museum
Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
Medford and Malden, MA
Friends of Sholan Farms
President, Board of Directors
General Manager, Fruitlands Museum, The Old Manse and Greater Concord
Great American Downtown
Groton Trails Committee
Lexington Historical Society
Mass Audubon - Drumlin Farm
Massachusetts Historical Society
Director Center for the Teaching of History
Museum of Russian Icons
CEO & Curator
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
James W. Igoe
Sudbury Valley Trustees
The Robbins House
The Royall House and Slave Quarters
The Walden Woods Project
Director of Education
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation (DCR)
Walden Pond State Reservation (DCR)
Visitor Services Supervisor