This year, you are invited to join Flower Hill at the beginning, as part of our Founders’ Campaign. The Founders’ Campaign is an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the projects that will open our doors to the public.
Collectively, we are raising $300,000 to support four key areas of development for 2019 and 2020. These founding areas include developing the wildscape, building our education and outreach programming, continuing preservation projects for the home and collection, and ensuring community access for all to the grounds, home, and collection.
Begin with us here by becoming a pioneering donor during our Founders’ Campaign.
As a preservation site, Flower Hill is providing a living lab for university preservation and curation graduate students. A program to engage and involve local farmers, breweries, and homesteads is underway to revitalize Flower Hill’s heritage gardens and share our produce and rich soil with the greater Austin community, including our food deserts. Arts programing for children and adults is in development, and in the future, all offerings will be geared to encompass those whose income more closely resembles that of the Smoots, who were teachers, journalists, librarians, and reverends.
As Flower Hill’s story is told largely by women, the Foundation aims to empower young women through education and travel scholarships. Your contributions will make these initiatives possible, and together we will provide Austin the same services and opportunities the Smoot family did throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the twenty-first.
Flower Hill invites you to become a pioneering founding donor today.
It is time to begin.
It is time to preserve one of the last urban homesteads left in Austin; a gorgeous wildscape; a theological and law library; several centuries of eclectic effects and ephemera; the wedding parlor in which O. Henry eloped; and a home which after a century’s worth of additions, modifications, and repairs stands as an architectural testament to the dreams and dedication of three generations worth of working class American civil servants. The Smoots, whose legacy of selflessness and care cultivated the culture of Austin today—a legacy we can assure will last well into the future if we work together now.
Let us begin.