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.savestoneleigh.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.
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.savestoneleigh.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