Help Honor our Ancestors
Join one of the many and varied efforts to protect our historic and scenic heritage in New England and beyond!
By working with groups like those listed below or through selfless, independent action, our fellow descendants have made a significant difference on the ground and around the country. An unfortunate by-product of the laudable Yankee “Can-Do!” spirit was that it treated our resources as inexhaustible and our natural and historic legacy as worth only what the market would pay for it. While their voices were few, there were some deeply rooted New Englanders such as Henry David Thoreau who began to change such notions and we as citizens are the better for that evolution in thinking. Some descendants deserving of special note for their lasting generosity include: Francis Swanzy Morgan, Hawaii; Russell Platt & Frances (Simes) Hastings, California; Col. Charles & Anne (Morrow) Lindbergh via the Lindbergh Foundation; George & Jean (Chappell) Cranmer, Colorado; Dr. Milton & Rachel Hastings (Granger) Wegeforth, California and Mrs. Maria (Hastings) Cary, Massachusetts.
Preserve our Historic Buildings and Sites …
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (aka Historic New England)
Rural Land Conservation …
Charles River Conservancy – Protects the watershed of this river most important to our family history.
Land Trust of Virginia – This trust does important work to protect rural Virginia to include threatened areas adjacent to Civil War battlefields where Hastings descendants fought and died.
Trustees for Reservations – The oldest and largest conservation organization in Massachusetts.
How you can help with your hands …
Do your legislators vote to save or pave?
League of Conservation Voters (be sure and check out the League’s latest scorecard on how your legislators vote)