Highland House Museum Continues Living Legacy Project

Portraits and stories of Truro elders...
Historic photo of the Highland House (Truro Historical Society)

The Highland House Museum opened on June 1st for the 2019 season, and for the month of June we are presenting the fifth year of our Living Legacy Project. "Living Legacy: Portraits and Stories of Truro Elders" is an exhibit of large format black and white portraits of Truro elders shot by photographer and artist, Mason Morfit, and accompanied by personal stories and memories of Truro from live interviews conducted by Ellen Anthony. You can read more about it on our website: http://trurohistoricalsociety.org/living-legacy-portraits-and-stories-of-truro-elders/. The first exhibition of this project at the Highland House Museum was in 2015 and since then we have been able to celebrate Truro's local history as experienced by people who grew up here, thanks to grants from Truro Treasures. 

The interviewer for this project, Ellen Anthony, has family ties to Truro since the 1920s. Her grandfather, Edward A Wilson, a well-known artist and illustrator, was one of the founders of the Truro Historical Society and was instrumental in working with the CCNS to save the Highland House and allow it to be used as our museum. 

Ellen was married at the UU Church on Sunday, and her brother and his family knew that she would not appreciate a material gift as much as she would appreciate a significant contribution to the Truro Historical Society; she has always loved Truro and our history. (Besides the Living Legacy Project, Ellen served as a member of the staff for many years; she ran our Children's Program and created our Truro Elders Listening Corner as well as finding time to meet, greet and educate visitors to the museum and a host of other tasks.) The attached "Proclamation" was presented to her as her wedding gift and announced the creation of the "Ellen Roe Anthony Research Internship". Ellen's family will fund the internship initially, and the Truro Historical Society will ultimately be responsible for continuing the internship into the future.

We would like to call attention to this special gift and this special person who is so well loved in Truro, Provincetown and the rest of the Outer Cape. (Over 300 people attended her wedding.) We will be honoring Ellen (along with the seven 2019 Living Legacies and photographer, Mason Morfit), her contributions and our exciting new Internship at our Opening Reception for the Living Legacy Project on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Highland House Museum. I am hoping that the you can publicize this event in advance of the reception or that someone from your organization will attend the event and write a store about it afterwards. The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. 


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