About Our Auction
We celebrate the 141st birthday of Alain White (March 3, 1880) with an online auction that includes an abundance of treasures from new to lightly used to antique to wonderful services.
Proceeds from the auction will help defray The Conservation Center’s operating expenses. $10,000 is our goal! Our income resources have been gravely impacted by Covid-19. We hope you will find a trifle, would love to sponsor a child to attend our Nature programs, fund one of our virtual programs, or simply wish to make a donation by clicking the green "Donate" button in the upper right-hand side of this page.
About The White Memorial Conservation Center
The White Memorial Foundation is the result of the vision of two generous and creative people, Alain C. White and his sister, May W. White. Between 1908 and 1912 they purchased several tracts of land surrounding their family’s Whitehall property on the north shore of Bantam Lake. In 1913 these lands were conveyed to the White Memorial Foundation, an organization that was incorporated in May of that year as a memorial to Alain and May’s parents, John Jay and Louise.
In 1964, the Trustees of The White Memorial Foundation established The White Memorial Conservation Center to further the Foundation’s education role through the implementation of natural history education and research programs for the public. Located in the heart of the Foundation property, the Conservation Center is housed in “Whitehall,” the former White family home.
The Center, whose mission is to instill understanding, appreciation and respect for the natural world, provides year-round programs for people of all ages. Programs are directed by full-time professional staff, assisted by a core of volunteers and part-time employees.
The Center also operates a Nature Museum with exhibits focusing on the interpretation of local natural history, conservation and ecology. Over 20,000 people of all ages visit the Center each year to walk through the Museum or take part in an education program.
When Covid -19 closed the doors to the Nature Center in March 2020, it also closed our ability to offer programs for adults and children and the income attached. In addition we lost revenue in our gift shop and Museum entry fees. Quite literally, we were bleeding money. Through virtual programming we remained relevant but income dwindled. We now offer this auction as a fundraiser to help defray the costs of our operating expenses. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.
We hope you'll find a lovely trifle in our auction. Perhaps sponsoring a child to attend our Nature programs or sponsoring a virtual program would suit your fancy. What ever route you choose, you'll be helping to continue the legacy of Alain and May White, Connecticut's greatest visionary land conservationists. Thank you! Happy Bidding!
Antique Wooden Sailboat 1928
Bird Walk and Ice Cream Treat
with Education Director Carrie Szwed
Felted Big Horn Sheep
Farmyard Fibers by Lori Welch
Nature Themed Rocking Chair
Hand-Painted and Stenciled
Roseville Water Lily Vase
Sponsor a Child to Attend Our Nature Programs
Buy Now: $200.00
Sponsor a Virtual Program
Your name will appear on a program you sponsor!
Buy Now: $200.00
The Green Barn
A Heavenly Photograph by Judith Secco
Two Outstanding Frog Images
Created and Donated by Twan Leenders
William Pitney Red Glazed Porcelain Vase
High-fired ceramic piece by noted artist