Fire Suppression Systems


Fire Suppression at the Emily Dickinson Museum


19th-century fire suppression wasn’t very effective, and a fire is one aspect of historical accuracy the Emily Dickinson Museum does not want to replicate.  A 21st-century fire suppression system will make it possible to preserve and protect Emily Dickinson’s home.


The Museum recently received a $25,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund for design of fire suppression systems for its two historic buildings.  In order to receive these funds, we need to match them dollar for dollar with matching private gifts. We already have already raised over $15,000 in matching gifts. We must raise another $10,000 by June 30, 2013.

The Dickinson Homestead will be two hundred years old in 2013.  There can be no better way to mark the bicentennial of this National Historic Landmark and premier literary site than to ensure its survival for another two centuries.

A check can also be sent to: Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA  01002.  Please write "Fire Suppression Matching Gift" in the memo line.


The Emily Dickinson Museum has taken important steps to protect the buildings from catastrophic damage in the last several years. Both the Homestead and The Evergreens have received new electrical service and systems, replacing generations of pieced wiring going back to knob-and-tube technology.  The Museum installed a state-of-the-art fire detection system in both houses in 2005.  The last remaining urgent priority for fire protection at the site is a high-pressure mist fire suppression system at both houses.

Contact the development office at 413-542-5084 or to learn more about this important project and how else to help.