May. 18


(Greek) Key to Success

by Lynn Byrne

In the collection of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Garden

Anyone who has been around me since April 26 knows that I have been obsessively touting the cause of Beauty in the Bronx, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens (BPMM).

BPMM is currently engaged in an American Idol-like voting contest for preservation funds along with 39 other worthy sites in New York City. American Express in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation selected the sites late last year. Volunteers for BPMM (including me) have been working hard since last January to develop our plan for winning votes. We are up against some stiff competition from much larger organizations such as the New York Botanical Garden, the Intrepid and the Guggenheim! The top four sites with the most votes are guaranteed their grant money.

And….drumroll please….BPMM has been in the number 4 slot for much of the competition!! 

How did we get there??

We have lots of loyal supporters and dedicated volunteers. I also think my friends in the blogging and twitter worlds have been a HUGE help. These wonderful friends have all written beautiful posts about Bartow-Pell to help get out the vote: Jennifer at Decaporter, Cynthia at The Buzz, Katie at the Neo-Traditionalist and Elizabeth at Pretty Pink Tulips. BIG hugs and thanks to each of them. Their posts, plus my own, here and here, (and pretty much anything else I had to say about Bartow-Pell on twitter) have been retweeted by so many twitter friends that I couldn’t begin to name them for fear I would leave someone out.

BUT IT IS NOT OVER YET! The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 21st. Please, please vote for Bartow-Pell, today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (yes, you can vote each day) by clicking here. We have heard rumors that the ‘big guys” pull out all of the stops these last few days.

And I’ve decided, a good luck charm doesn’t hurt.  There are greek keys all over our Greek Revival Mansion.

In the collection of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Garden

With your help, maybe they will lead us to success!

Love this stair runner in the Mansion

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