Friends of Hearthside

The Friends of Hearthside, Inc. is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization formed in 2001 to breathe life back into the town of Lincoln’s historic landmark, Hearthside. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, allowing for tax deductible contributions and the ability to apply for grants.

Our Mission
The mission of Friends of Hearthside, Inc. is to preserve, protect, promote and interpret the heritage of the Hearthside Homestead (b. 1810) and the Great Road Historic District through living history programs and events. 

As a community-based nonprofit organization, Friends of Hearthside places high value on the enhancement and protection of the community’s quality of life; authenticity in the preservation, experience, context and setting of Hearthside; professionalism and integrity, and a commitment to mentoring the next generation of volunteers and preservationists.

Board of Directors
The volunteer board of directors provides governance and hands-on oversight for the operations of Hearthside and the other sites managed by the organization. An annual meeting of the membership and volunteers is held in March at which members are elected for three-year terms to the board. A copy of the organization’s IRS 990 Tax Form is available upon request.

Kathryn A. Hartley, Founder, President & CEO
John Scanlon, Vice President, Site Management
Emily Leighton Camparone, Treasurer
Diane Prete, Secretary
Christine Maino
Seth Hamilton
William McManus
Jennifer Vuono
Kirk Hindman
Jennifer Parent

No great deed can be accomplished alone, and therefore we are both grateful and proud that the following organizations have partnered with Friends of Hearthside, Inc. to help us accomplish our mission:

Mary Dexter Chafee Foundation
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
National Park Service-Volunteers in Parks Program
Roger Williams University The Champlin Foundations
Preserve Rhode Island
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Town of Lincoln
RI General Assembly
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Rhode Island Foundation
Historic New England
R.I. Council for the Humanities
1772 Foundation
Joseph Ott Fund
American Textile History Museum
June Rockwell Levy Foundation
Navigant Credit Union

Honors & Awards
Since the beginning, the Friends of Hearthside, and its leadership, have been recognized with numerous awards 
for the significant achievements made at Hearthside.

2017 – Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice, Best of New England 2017, “Best Historical Experience – RI
2015 – “Rhode Islander of the Year” – Awarded to President & Founder Kathy Hartley by 
             Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
2014 - “Publications Award” First Place-Marketing/P.R. Materials from the New England Museum Association
2013 - “Leadership in History” Award from the American Association for State and Local History for 
             Color & Light: Early 20th Century Portraits of Hearthside
2013 -  Two “Publications Award” from the New England Museum Association for Color & Light: Early 20th                            Century Portraits of Hearthside Promotional Materials and Hearthside History Book
2013 -  President Kathryn Hartley named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Cumberland-Lincoln
2011 -  Induction of President Kathy Hartley into the William Blackstone Society by the Blackstone Valley                              Tourism Council in recognition of making an impact on the Blackstone Valley
2011 -  New England Museum Association Publications Award
2010 -  Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s Footsteps in History Award
2009 -  Public Service Award given by Town of Lincoln Republican Town Committee to Kathy Hartley 
             and John Scanlon
2008 -  Preserve America Presidential Award Nominee, one of top 20 finalists for national award
2007 -  Governor’s Tourism Award presented to President Kathy Hartley
2006 -  Preserve Rhode Island Preservation Education & Advocacy Award
2006 -  Vice President John Scanlon honored with the John H. Chafee Heritage Award by the John H. Chafee                        Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission
2005 -  The Valley Breeze Good Neighbor Award - Inaugural Award given to recognize extraordinary volunteer                    efforts; presented to President Kathy Hartley and Vice President John Scanlon by the Blackstone                              Valley’s leading newspaper
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