Robert Frost Stone House Museum Receives Windham Foundation Grant
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College has been awarded funding from the Windham Foundation to support its upcoming season of public programs, including special programming in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Robert Frost’s beloved poem, “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which was written in 1922 while Frost was living at the Stone House.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Windham Foundation to support programming over this special 'Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening' centennial celebration season,” said Erin McKenny, director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.
The Windham Foundation offers several philanthropic programs. Most significant is the grants program with a mission of supporting the vitality of small-town life. Grants are awarded four times a year to support educational programs, local food initiatives, land conservation for public use, environmental protection, social services, cultural resources, and historic preservation.
The grants program recognizes that the social and economic vitality of a town is maintained through many activities—social, cultural, and educational. The well-being of small towns comes through the success of local organizations involved in this work and the Foundation is proud to be their partner.
As the community continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic, this grant will support the Museum’s upcoming 2022 May-October season with a robust slate of in person programs. Scheduled events include public readings, the popular workshop series featuring local artists and makers, concerts, and special programs marking the 100th anniversary of “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
The inaugural event of the 100th anniversary celebration is on June 12, 2022, where there will be a “Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening” Community Celebration. This event will be a free, family-friendly community celebration of the 100th anniversary of Frost’s beloved poem, written on a June morning in 1922 in the dining room of the Frost Stone House.
- 10:00 am: “Stopping By Woods” walk with ecologist Kerry Woods.
- 12:00-3:00 pm: Afternoon celebrations will include a recitation of the poem by the Village School of North Bennington’s fourth grade class, Bennington Traditional Jazz Band playing songs from the 1920s, Vermont Arts Exchange providing a “Stopping By Woods…” art activity, Mount Anthony English Honor Society Students leading a poetry erasure project, a “Stopping By Woods…” story walk of the poem created by students from Shaftsbury Elementary and installed by the McCullough Library, food available for purchase, a cash bar, and more!