Dear Friend of the Belmont Woman's Club;
The Belmont Woman's Club has been a part of the Belmont community since 1920. Organized to encourage women's active involvement in educational and philanthropic activities, the Club purchased the 1853 William Flagg Homer House on Pleasant Street in 1927 after learning that a developer planned to tear it down. The Woman's Club established the Homer House as its permanent residence and has maintained the property ever since.
The Woman's Club is a 501(c)(3) charity, comprised of male and female members who serve as stewards to the Homer House. The House is available for public enjoyment through tours led by Club members who volunteer their time to serve as guides. The Woman's Club also sponsors community events such as the annual "Strawberry Festival," which brings grade school children to the Homer House each June to learn about the home's historical significance, its ties to Winslow Homer's art, and to enjoy a scrumptious dessert of strawberries and ice cream on the lawn. In addition, the Woman's Club awards scholarships to graduating Belmont High School students who demonstrate leadership qualities and an interest in art or history, and hosts regular lectures on diverse topics such as civil rights, global travel, and the little-known inventions of actress Hedy Lamar.
We are reaching out to you because we need your help. Last year we were privileged to receive a grant from the town of Belmont to repair the damaged cupola that sits atop the Homer House, but the property is in need of more repairs. Among our priorities, we must establish the integrity of the front lawn and secure the circular driveway so that more people can visit the house safely. We also need to remediate water damage. Repair costs are expected to be unusually high because the Homer House is registered with state and federal registers of Historic Places, and is part of Belmont's Pleasant Street Historic District, which means all repairs must comply with historic preservation laws.
With your support the Woman's Club can restore Belmont's treasured William Flagg Homer House to its original beauty. We invite you to become a member, and/or an individual or corporate sponsor. Individual membership costs $100.00 a year; two or more family members pay a maximum of $150.00 per family per year. Corporate sponsorship costs $750.00 per year and entitles the sponsor to free use of the Club for one event, and mention as a corporate benefactor in all published literature during the membership year. We also offer a Junior Membership, and a new "Friend of the Homer House" category through which the public can support the House without becoming a member of the Woman's Club. A membership application describing the various options is available here for your convenience.
Thank you for your consideration.