One of America’s most popular and accessible poets in a period when poetry was rapidly estranging its popular audience, the Pulitzer Prizewinner Edna St. Vincent Millay has stood the test of time both as poet, feminist and cultural icon. The Millay Society – a nonprofit organization responsible for preserving Steepletop, Millay’s home in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz – is facing a financial crisis and has launched a campaign to guarantee that the public can enjoy Steepletop for years to come. Steepletop, which includes more than 200 acres, her house and several outbuildings, serves as a time capsule for the public, as her furniture and personal possessions have remained in place since Millay’s death in 1950.
The group is also actively seeking an organization or educational institution interested in partnering with them to help amortize the site’s operating costs and prevent closure. “Our goal is to keep Steepletop open, so visitors can experience this unique glimpse into the life and work of Edna St. Vincent Millay,” said Vincent Elizabeth Barnett, president of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society Board. “Without your help, Steepletop will close at the end of the 2018 season.”