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Dirigo ​Won’t you help Norlands lead by bringing the values of our past into our present and future?

As a supporter of Norlands, we know that you understand that Norlands is more than a place – it’s deeper than that.  Norlands is about values.  At Norlands, we try to bring visitors to a time in Maine’s past – its practices, ideas, customs, and wisdom.  We also connect visitors and community members alike with an exceptional Maine family – the Washburns.

We teach the now generation and the next generation why Norlands matters, through storytelling and children’s games, through hands-on experiences that, for some, have life-long impacts.  Many who have experienced Norlands, long to return. Those who came as school children, wish to come as adults and bring their children.  We have volunteers and Trustees who have dedicated decades of service and love to bring this community to life.  You are part of that community – our Norlands Community. The potential of Norlands to continue to bring the community together is great, and more important than ever.  With your help, we will do it in more ways, with more people, and with more intent.

All of us in this Community have had a difficult few years.  But, Norlands is ready to come alive again in the Spring.  History shows us that Spring, and with it, revitalization always does come. The Washburn Family understood that cycle well, being connected to the good land by the Androscoggin River in Livermore, Maine.  They, perhaps, counted on it in the challenging times they found themselves in – stepping forward in the harshness of dark, wintery times to lead a struggling America into a New Era.  There is reason why Maine’s motto is: Dirigo – “I lead”.  That call to lead was born into the Washburn generation that settled, built, and named Norlands.  It was underpinned by strong values: Honesty | Integrity | Faithfulness Persistence | Self-Reliance | Courage Scholarship | Ingenuity | Innovation | Entrepreneurship Community | Civic-mindedness | Duty and always, Family  Norlands will revive in the Spring.  We ask for your support as part of our community. 
With warmest regards and gratitude for your support, Lisa MacDonald Cooper, Executive Director Renee Bonin, Board of Trustees President
As a nonprofit organization, Norlands relies on generous donors and members to support our entire operations. Realizing our full potential requires animal feed and farm supplies, maintained buildings and grounds, ​care of historical collections, trained volunteers and staff, and more.  Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated.
To make an immediate gift, give securely online by clicking the donate button above. Or, download the giving card and mail it with a check or your credit card information to Washburn-Norlands Living History Center 290 Norlands Road, Livermore ME 04253 The Washburn-Norlands is a Maine non-profit organization qualified as tax-exempt ​ under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.​