97 & 103 Main Street, South Paris, ME 04281 info@mclaughlingarden.org 207-743-8820

We Celebrated 20 Years

We recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead. 20 years of brilliantly colored blooms; 20 years of the 200 or more lilacs that grace the garden blossoming to meet the spring; 20 years of bees, crickets, and earthworms preparing the garden ready for the next 20 years. And we think that was something worth celebrating.

Join us as a member in 2019 and experience the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will help to go towards supporting the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead mission of bringing natural beauty and history into people’s lives for this and maybe the next 20 years.

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The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead receives Maine Humanities Council funding for its oral history project

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Maine Humanities Council for an oral history and exhibition project titled “People Past and Present at the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead.”  Funds will be used for training in oral history methodology by Dr. Pauleena MacDougall  from the University of Maine at Orono, purchase of recording equipment, and partial funding of exhibitions based on the oral histories.

The project will begin by interviewing community members who knew Bernard McLaughlin–people in our local community as well as colleagues and friends throughout Maine who were members of garden clubs, horticultural societies, or garden enthusiasts.  We will all interview the founders of the Mclaughlin Foundation–visionaries who preserved this very special garden for the future.

The garden seeks volunteers who are interested in learning about oral histories and conducting interviews with members from our community.  We will train volunteers of all ages (including high school and college students) in July 2016–please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the project.  Please contact Donna Anderson at mclgardn@megalink.net for more information.

The McLaughlin Home will have a new roof in Spring 2016!

The ice storms of early 2015 affected us as well and we realize that it was time for a new roof on the McLaughlin Home and its porches to ensure that we remain dry in the future.  We are grateful for support from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program for helping to support this important preservation project.

Meet the new Executive Director: Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson arrived on January 2, 2015 to begin working with the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead as Executive Director.  She spent nearly 24 years in Upstate New York, working with a wide variety of museums, historic sites, libraries and science centers through The Exhibition Alliance, a nonprofit museum service organization. Since 2007 she was also the coordinator of the Yager Museum of Art & Culture, an academic museum at Hartwick College.  She brings experience in management, interpretation, research, and exhibitions to South Paris and will usher the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead through new strategic and master planning processes.

Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree in history and art history from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

She is “delighted and honored to join the McLaughlin Foundation team and to help the organization continue its strong commitment to preservation and conservation in a beautiful environment in the Oxford Hills.  In the very near future we will be starting an audience assessment project that will allow me to meet our local and regional community and talk about ways in which the Garden & Homestead can connect with our audience. We thank the Maine Community Foundation for support of this exercise, and I look forward to meetings during which we will have the chance to get to know one another as we work together to shape the future of the McLaughlin site.”