Homestead Opening and Awards Celebration

Homestead Opening and Awards Celebration

Sunday, August 13, 2023

We were so pleased to officially debut the preserved Homestead’s 1837 Brick House, connected ell, and barn.  We were also delighted to shine light on three individuals whose work continues Frances Perkins’ lasting legacy and affirms the power of place to inspire and help us understand our history. 

Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr.

Intelligence & Courage Award

Jennifer Abruzzo, General Cousel, National Labor Relations Board

Steadfast Award

Mufalo Chitam, Executive Director, Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Open Door Award


Outgoing Executive Director, Michael Chaney, is recognized by Board Chair Sarah Peskin and Bill Kelley for his instrumental work over the past nine years. Photo by Senator Jamie Eldridge.


All below images by Kari Herer Photography

Thank you to our Opening Events' Sponsors!

Sponsor donations support new program and educational opportunities

Susan Carlson Kirk & John Patrick Kirk
Sarah Peskin & William Kelley

Susan Bateson & Stephen Fuller

Allison Beck & Larry Chernikoff

Ann Beaudry & Craig McEwen
Thomas P. Dickerson & Caroline Bruzelius
Brown Richardson + Rowe
Clarissa Rowe
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Greg & Maria Jobin-Leeds
Mount Holyoke College 
Scott Wallace, in Honor of Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall
Jean Weinberg & Sarah Dinaburg
Linda Thayer Wood, MHC 1967

Jules Bernstein & Linda Lipsett
Tomlin Coggeshall & Christopher Rice
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
Erikson Communications Group
First National Bank
Robert H. Flory, Jr.
Teresa & Peter Fogg
Cathy & Richard Freedberg
Maria Mossaides
Geoffrey & Kathryn Precourt
Helen D. (Heidi) Reavis & Steven M. Engel
Hon. Margaret R. Rotundo & Loring Danforth
Laurie & Ted Sears
Nancy Schiffer
Eleanor Shore
Linda & Jurg Siegenthaler
Letitia Wheeler Ufford

Roz Allen & Paul Landry, in Honor of Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall & Christopher Rice
Naomi Barry-Perez
Nicola Beisel
Nan & Peter Benton
Christopher Breiseth
Mary Burton
Michael & Laura Chaney
Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
Martha Ehrenfeld
Senator James Eldridge, Massachusetts
Martha Ehrenfeld
Jodie Ireland & Chris Baker
Nancy Roosevelt Ireland & Tom Ireland
Kathryn Levett
Jan & Cathel MacLeod
Rachel & Edward McEnroe
Mark Peterson & Jane Margolis
The Reny Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth & Tom Renyi
Janet Shenk
Heather Stone & Erik Sauter
Robert Stropp
Nancy Sun
Women Creating Change
Jane Zimmy, in Honor of Maria Mossaides