Chicopee, Massachusetts. The Edward Bellamy Society hopes that the annual Saturday bookstore will raise funds for the renovation of the Historic House Museum.
The nonprofit will sell used books it received as donations.
Saturday’s fundraising event will also see the first opening of the Edward Bellamy House and Museum since it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Society writer Alison Kobieski said the historic house was built in 1841 and is in dire need of exterior repairs.
“Our top priority is to create a new roof,” Kupersky said. “It’s a cedar rocking roof, and it was installed in the ’80s, so it was definitely time to replace it and we had some water damage due to leaks.”
Edward Bellamy, the well-known idealist writer of the 19th century who named the house after him, left many of his work documents along with some of the furniture.
The Bellamy Society, which was founded to preserve the historic home, said it was excited to welcome back inside perhaps to make some new discoveries.
“I really hope that people who visit will be interested in Edward Bellamy,” Kupersky said. “But also just local history, you know, start making connections, maybe develop new interests and hobbies.”
The Bellamy Society said it is looking to open at least once a month on Saturdays and is also looking for volunteers to help maintain the house, which may help keep the house open more often.
The book is on sale from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The museum is located at 91 Church Street in Chicopee.