The MHS Turns 100
In 2017, the MHS turned 100. As the oldest civic organization in Madison, we are proud of the important role we play in contributing to the present and future vitality of the town. To mark this important milestone, the MHS planned a celebration of Madison that lasted throughout the year.
A series of pop-up exhibitions from our collections opened in February. The Madison A-Z poster, a project illustrating the best of Madison, launched in April. In July, the MHS was Grand Marshal of the Independence Day parade and installed vintage posters of the changing face of Madison's downtown in storefronts along the Post Road. Nearly 200 people attended the highly successful Evening in White in September.
A Smashing Success!
The centennial gala held on October 19, 2017, capped off a yearlong celebration marking the Society’s milestone birthday. Just over two hundred people filled the ballroom at the Madison Beach Hotel for this festive occasion. The event honored Jack and Laurie Heflin, Joe Oslander, and Don Rankin--four remarkable individuals who have each contributed significantly to the betterment of the town.
The gala featured music by Eight to the Bar an eight-person band known for its outstanding instrumentals and vocal arrangements. The more than fifty live and silent auction items were another highlight of the night. These included two hearth cooked meals at the Allis-Bushnell House, an oyster harvesting adventure in the historic Blakeman beds off Madison’s coast, an oyster dinner with Jacques Pepin and an astronautical weekend at Cape Canaveral for two.
Special thanks is owed to the many volunteers and board trustees who helped to make the gala a great success. The MHS wants to particularly recognize interior designer and local realtor Diana Hartman for creating the nautical-themed centerpieces featuring orchids, shore grasses and seashells; and Lisa Edmiston, chair of the New York based Cancer Support Team and wife of trustee Mark Edmiston, who brought her considerable talents to organizing and executing the event seamlessly.
The MHS is equally grateful to all those who supported the gala by attending the event or by graciously donating to the centennial campaign fund in lieu of participating. Our centennial celebration brought enhanced visibility to the MHS and brought to light the important role we play in protecting the town’s treasures for future generations.