The Southampton Historical Museum has issued a final appeal for some help in restoring the windows on the Halsey House in Southampton Village as part of its "adopt a window" campaign.
The Thomas Halsey Homestead was established in 1648 by the pioneering Halsey family. The South Main Street house was built in 1666, and it is one of the few remaining homes from the 17th century.
There are 43 windows that are said to embody a range of Southampton's history between the 17th to early 19th centuries, and many are in need of repair due to dry rot and cracked glass panes.
The historical museum, which manages the property, needs a total of $100,000, and the goal has almost been reached through the "adopt a window" campaign, which began in October.
"Adopting a window seemed like good idea so that donors could see the results of their gift. This is our first appeal with a naming opportunity seen in many hospitals and museums around the globe," Edmonds said.
"An anonymous donor gave us a head start with $50,000 in September and we've had an amazing response," said Tom Edmonds, the executive director of the Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center.
A gift of $2,000 entitles the donor to have one of the windows dedicated with a name on a plaque. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Checks may be sent to the Southampton Historical Museum, PO Box 303, Southampton, NY 11969, or use your credit card by calling (631) 283-2494."This is a last appeal before the campaign ends," Edmonds said. "We hope to complete the restoration in time for a July 4th opening."