Dear Friends and Mem­bers of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Society,

We need your help! This strong state­ment is to alert you to the fact that we might lose our beloved new home. The Low­er Meri­on School Dis­trict has indi­cat­ed it may use emi­nent domain to take Stoneleigh: a nat­ur­al gar­den to build a new school and/​or play­ing fields. We are join­ing forces with Nat­ur­al Lands to pre­vent this pos­si­bil­i­ty I urge you to click here for www​.save​stoneleigh​.org. There you can read Mol­ly Morrison’s impas­sioned let­ter and sign the peti­tion that already has more than 7,500 signatures.

On Tues­day, May 15, the Board of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety signed the fol­low­ing Res­o­lu­tion, unan­i­mous­ly, in which the ulti­mate dam­ages to the OHS are ful­ly defined.

As the Board urges, please sign the peti­tion, and do ask all your friends who love the pipe organ to help us save the new home of the OHS Library and Archives. 


Jim Weaver



WHEREAS, the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, an inter­na­tion­al non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to the study and preser­va­tion of the pipe organ through research, edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy, and music, has estab­lished its head­quar­ters offices, library, and archives with­in the Stoneleigh man­sion at Vil­lano­va, Penn­syl­va­nia; and

WHEREAS, the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is a long-term ten­ant of Nat­ur­al Lands, the own­er and care­tak­er of Stoneleigh: A Nat­ur­al Gar­den; and

WHEREAS, on April 18, 2018, the Low­er Meri­on School Dis­trict sent a let­ter to Nat­ur­al Lands stat­ing that it wants to inspect Stoneleigh: A Nat­ur­al Gar­den in antic­i­pa­tion of a poten­tial con­dem­na­tion of all or part of the prop­er­ty”; and

WHEREAS, the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety would be severe­ly inhib­it­ed or pre­vent­ed from car­ry­ing out its pro­grams if Stoneleigh: A Nat­ur­al Gar­den were to be con­demned by the Low­er Meri­on School Dis­trict; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Direc­tors speaks for the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety and its mem­ber­ship in this matter;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety offer its uncon­di­tion­al sup­port to Nat­ur­al Lands in resist­ing the poten­tial con­dem­na­tion by the Low­er Meri­on School Dis­trict of all or any part of Stoneleigh: A Nat­ur­al Garden.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the direc­tors, offi­cers, and employ­ees of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety are direct­ed to dis­sem­i­nate news regard­ing this threat to Stoneleigh: A Nat­ur­al Gar­den through Soci­ety pub­li­ca­tions, social media, and oth­er chan­nels, and to encour­age mem­bers and friends of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety to sign the peti­tion to save Stoneleigh: A Nat­ur­al Gar­den from con­dem­na­tion avail­able at www​.save​stoneleigh​.com.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the direc­tors, offi­cers, and employ­ees of the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety are autho­rized to do all oth­er acts and things nec­es­sary, appro­pri­ate, or desir­able in order to effec­tu­ate the intent and pur­pos­es of the pre­ced­ing resolutions.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this res­o­lu­tion has been approved by unan­i­mous con­sent of all mem­bers of the Board of Direc­tors on May 15, 2018.

Michael Quim­by, Chair
William F. Czelus­ni­ak, Vice Chair
Craig Cramer, Secretary
Gre­go­ry Crow­ell, Director
Anne Laver, Director
Willis Bridegam, Treasurer
James Weaver, Chief Exec­u­tive Officer