Director’s Message – March 1, 2021

Dear Friends,

Hello March! In like a lion…
We at Hill-Stead, and I as an astrological Leo, are roaring with delight to announce that Kathanne Fowler has joined our team as Chief Philanthropy Officer!

In addition to her work in corporate and private banking, Kathanne brings us decades of experience in knowledgeable and successful stewardship. Since returning to the area from the United Kingdom in 2002, she has faithfully supported the development and strategic planning of many important local institutions, from Hartford Hospital to schools including Ethel Walker, Kingswood Oxford, and Hartford Art School. She has even devoted her time and talents to Hill-Stead, having served on the museum’s Board of Governors from 2004 to 2010. And her work in the field extends far beyond Connecticut to the 1990 Institute in San Francisco, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, and her alma mater, Williams College in Massachusetts.

We simply could not be happier about her serving Hill-Stead in this critical role. Kathanne beginning now, in this special 75th year and at this incredible moment of exciting growth, is perfect! (those who know me know that I almost never use that “p” word.)

Please join me in welcoming her and roaring three cheers for Hill-Stead!

Now with a nod to March’s out like a lamb…
We invite you all to come visit, as this month brings the miracle and wonder of new life in the form of the little lambies that will arrive in our pastures. Those irresistible babies will soon be running adorably around the field next to the barn!

To honor them and Theodate’s farming legacy, we will host our first sheep to shawl festival, The Art of Shearing, on Sunday, March 27. With hayrides shuttling between the barns and the museum, visitors can observe every step in the process of turning a sheep’s winter coat into a piece of wearable clothing. For details and tickets, please see our website.
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Looking forward to seeing you there!


Dr. Anna Swinbourne
Executive Director & CEO


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