National Trust for Historic Preservation in the US Reviews
The mission statement for Drayton Hall a National Trust site is centered on the preservation of the main house. Why is this site spending a large amount of money on 18th century bird prints and there is still no visitors center or museum? I was a member of "Friends of Drayton Hall" and have done research at this site. The history of he Drayton family is now presented in the main house utilizing poster boards on easels. The interpretation of slavery "African Connections" is held outside near the gift shop. This site over the past 20 years is less and less inclusive. No African American docents? Events for the wealthy who donate large amounts of money to the site? I would like to know if The National Trust has any oversight at Drayton Hall? I no longer support the National Trust as it too caters only to the very wealthy and elite in America.
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I have been a member of the National Trust for Historic Presenvation for a number of years and have become very dismayed with the management of the organization. From the review of the most recent tax form it appears that this organization spends too much of its income on staff salaries and not enough on its mission of preserving historic properties. Also, as a member, I an inundated with mailings and telephone calls asking for more money. It seems to me that they spend more time and effort trying to raise funds as compared to anything else. Also, as a member I have never been asked to vote or otherwise select any of the board of trustees. In fact, I have never received any information regarding that. Beyond my yearly membership fee I would not give this organization any additional funds until I see a larger portion of revenues spent on actual presevation AND I see some member input in the governance of the National Trust.
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I have visted some of the trust properties and some, specifically Lyndhurst in New York, could use extra funding for the maintenance of some of the buldings on the site that have been allowed to become vitual ruins. I also receive numerous mailings and calls for more money.
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A larger portion of revenues spent on presevation. Less money spent on staff salaries. Membership input into the selection of the Board of Trustees.