Did you know that Chestnut Hill Conservancy members, supporters, and program participants account for almost 90% of our annual funding?
During the month of June, a group of committed community champions has pledged to match $10,000 to encourage new, renewed, and upgraded membership contributions. There’s never been a better time to join and double your impact!
Why be a member of the Conservancy? We think our members put it best! This week, we’re proud to share Elizabeth G. Nathans’s story of why she joined the Conservancy’s Leadership Circle in support of our June membership campaign:
To live in a community that genuinely cares and works hard to preserve its history and landscape is a privilege and a gift. During the coronavirus pandemic, my appreciation for Chestnut Hill deepened: close and caring neighbors, lush hills, and exquisite homes that are beautifully maintained and loved. Joining the Conversancy this year is a small way of saying “thank you.”
Thanks very much to Elizabeth, our challenge leaders, and all of our members for your support as advocates and stewards of our irreplaceable community. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our new video highlighting all of the work that our members make possible!
Make Your Legacy a Gift to the Community
Photo by Paul W. Meyer
At the Conservancy, we recognize that our donors are stewards of the Chestnut Hill area’s past, present, and future. Your planned gift helps to safeguard and celebrate the history, architecture, and open spaces we treasure for future generations.
Your passion for Chestnut Hill and the surrounding communities is personal. Your decision to create a bequest or other planned gift for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy is a gift to the entire community.
Many thanks to the members of the Chestnut Legacy Society for making the Conservancy and our community a part of your legacy!
Carolyn Adams and John Meigs
James A. Black, Jr.
Ann Csink and John Linck
Karren and Ed DeSeve
Diane and John Drinker
Joanne Fidler
Shirley Hanson
Elizabeth G. Nathans
Frank and Andrea Niepold
Barbara Olson
Amanda and James Rice, II
William Washburn
Nancy and Randy Williams
Would you like to know more about arranging a bequest or other planned gift, or have you already made a planned gift to the Conservancy? Visit our website or contact Heather Bowlan, Development Manager, at heather@chconservancy.org
From Our Partners…
Celebrate Juneteenth Freedom Day
Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved people in Texas were made aware of the Emancipation Proclamation. Here are some events from our partners that commemorate and remember this important day.
These Juneteenth events will help reveal local histories that are tragic and difficult, as well as histories that are celebratory. All are essential parts of our shared history.
From our friends at Historic Germantown
Johnson House Historic Site
6300 Block of Germantown Avenue
Events are Virtual and In-Person
This year, Johnson House Historic Site will host their 15th annual celebration of Juneteenth!
A National Historic Landmark, Underground Railroad station and Center for Social Advocacy, our site represents what everyday people have done and can do to make a difference in their community and beyond. The Johnson House example of historic partnership – between Africans seeking freedom, the abolitionist Johnson family, and other abolitionists – serve as a catalyst to inspire, uplift and empower current and future generations.
Liberty to Go to See
Virtual event on June 10th, 17th, and 19th
Part of the Historic Germantown’s Juneteenth celebration. This year’s presentations will focus on three themes: Liberty during the American Revolution, Liberty for the Enslaved and Liberty for Women. Each presentation will feature an introduction from facilitator Patricia Scott Hobbs, scenes from the play and insights from three guest speakers.
Click HERE for more information,
Historic Fair Hill
FREE Outdoor Performance: June 19 at 3pm
Jo Ann Robinson was the quiet powerhouse behind the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott working with both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. A dedicated organizer, author, and college professor, she was committed to the long and hard struggle toward equality for all citizens.
Working with local activists, Robinson was the engine that kept the city of Montgomery determined not to give up until positive change was made.
Click HERE for more information.
THE SLAVE NARRATIVES: 400 Years of Resilience
Grounded Theatre Company
Saturday, June 19, 2021. 2:30pm, 3:30pm.
The Johnson House, Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground of Germantown present the Grounded Theatre Company and their site specific performance of The Slave Narratives. Based on interviews of formerly enslaved people gathered during the 1930s, the play provides a window into their lives during and after slavery.
Click HERE for more information.
Another Way to Support:
Remember the Conservancy during Prime Day!
In addition to joining the Conservancy during our June membership drive, you can support our work during Prime Day (June 21-22) and anytime you shop on Amazon, via AmazonSmile.
Of course we’d rather you shop in our neighborhood stores, but you can still benefit the community when shopping online.
Simply shop via smile.amazon.com and designate Chestnut Hill Conservancy as your selected charity, and 0.5% of all eligible purchases will be donated to the Conservancy on your behalf! Thank you for the many ways you support the Conservancy and our irreplaceable community!
(Questions about the AmazonSmile program? View the program FAQs HERE)
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  • June 15 (Tonight), 7pm – CHCA DRC (Development Review Committee)
REGISTER HERE for the Zoom link to attend
– 7715 Crittenden (Chestnut Hill Village) – For erection of recreation-related building with 90% FAR (Floor Area Ratio)
– 540 W. Moreland Ave – Variance request for subdivision of one lot into two
– 215 E. Evergreen Ave – Variance request for erection of semi-detached single home on existing lot
– 8612 Germantown Ave, El Limon – consultation review of additional improvements as required by the CHCA-signed memorandum
  • June 24 – Discovering Chestnut Hill Walking Tour – SOLD OUT
  • July 1 – Historic District Advisory Committee Public Meeting 6:30pm REGISTER HERE for the Zoom link to attend
Thank You!
Sponsors and supporters are community champions. Your support now will continue our work
in the coming year!
Always feel free to contact us with any questions about the Conservancy, our programs and events, or your membership at info@chconservancy.org
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