BENEFITING: Museum of African American History
A Regal Restoration
Did you know there was an active and thriving black community on Nantucket, Massachusetts that was established before the American Revolution? Did you know there are historically significant buildings currently being restored on Nantucket that tell this story?
A rare opportunity is now available for you to help share this tale and have your name recorded in history as one who helped restore an early 20th century dream kitchen.
‘Built to Bake’. Those are the words embedded in the Household Regal, an early 20th century cast iron cook stove made by the White-Warner Company of Taunton, MA. This cook stove was the pride and joy of an amazing woman, Florence Higginbotham—homeowner, entrepreneur, and trained chef.
In 1920, at time when few African Americans and even fewer women owned property, Florence purchased a home built by Seneca Boston. Constructed on land that was purchased in 1774, evidence suggests that it is the oldest home still standing in the U.S. that was constructed by an African American family for their own occupancy. Boston, a weaver and formerly enslaved man, his wife Thankful Micah, and their family — including renowned whaling captain Absalom Boston — maintained the house until 1918. In 1933, Florence then bought the adjacent African Meeting House and remained on the island until her passing in 1972. She and her son Wilhelm and daughter-in-law Angeleen Campra saved these precious structures and provided the opportunity for the Museum of African American History to share this unique and powerful history with the world.
How can you help?
The Museum is in the process of restoring Mother Florence's kitchen to its early 20th century appearance, including her House Hold Regal stove.This part of a $XXMM historic preservation project currently underway that will result in and expanded Nantucket campus.
We need your help to raise the $20,000 needed to restore this stove and return it to its original glory as the centerpiece of the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House. With your assistance, we will have a functioning early 20th century stove in Mother Florence’s ‘Dream Kitchen’. Her professional training as a cook makes her stove, as well as the kitchen in which it stood, a crucial part of this historic restoration.
Your involvement in this project will enable us move the stove off the island of Nantucket to Hyannis, where it will be reassembled,polished and brought to code for propane fuel burning. Itwill then return to Nantucket as a fully-functioning gasburning stove!
Your support will help us complete this important restoration project – one the will stand as a testament to the ingenuity of the Boston family and that of an African-American woman who had the capacity to purchase, maintain and expand her own home during turbulent years when racial discrimination was legal andsegregation was at its height.
What Do You Get?
- $1 to $24: A 25% off coupon for our Museum Store.
- $25 to $249: A complimentary Museum membership and all of the above.
- $250 to $999: Your name listed in the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror newspaper as a "Regal Preservationist" and all of the above.
- $1,000 and above: A private tour of our Nantucket campus led by a member fo the Museum's preservation team and all of the above.