John Dugdale Bradley, Trustee of Milton’s Cottage Trust, Buckinghanshire England, has been invited to speak at the Milton Society of America's annual dinner in Philadelphia on 7th January 2017 to launch the Paradise Maintain’d Endowment Fund. This aims to raise Permanent Endowment Funds of $5,000,000 over the next 2 years to sustain Milton’s Cottage museum, literary garden and its remarkable history. See www.miltonscottage.org
The Yuko Nii Foundation will also be seeking funds in 2017 to build an elevator to the Mansard roof area where the permanent collection is kept, which includes the Milton collection and historical art and artifacts. The forward room of the Mansard roof has beautiful views from windows that oversee the Manhattan skyline on one side and the Brooklyn skyline on the other side.
John will be at the WAH Center January 9th at 11 A.M. to meet with Yuko Nii and Terrance Lindall to discuss where they can mutually take their common interest in the perpetuation of the Milton Legacy. Terrance believes that efforts in 2017 celebrating the 350th anniversary of the publishing of Paradise Lost can successfully launch this fundraising campaign for both institutions.
The fundraising campaign could be high profile and promote not only Milton's legacy but the study of humanities in general. In 2008 Yuko and Terrance created the world's largest ever birthday celebration for Milton's 400th birthday that was featured in the New York Times and captioned on their front page. Other news articles appeared in papers around the world including George Bernard Shaw's NEW STATESMAN that called The WAH Center's Grand Paradise Lost Costume Ball, "The Devil's Party." http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/books/26milt.html
Some of the Yuko Nii Foundation's Milton collection will be on display on January 9th for John's visit, and, after a tour of the building, a light luncheon will be served in the grand reception hall around 12 noon.
Those interested in helping with this exciting fundraising campaign should contact Terrance: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Milton's Cottage:
Milton’s Cottage Trust (CIO) Registered Charity 1163039
21 Deanway, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghanshire, HP8 4JH, England
Below 19th C. painting of Milton dictating PL in the collection of the Yuko Nii Foundation