Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?”
- Emily Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 15 April 1862 [L260]
When Emily Dickinson asked her tentative question in 1862, she needed to know if her poetic voice quickened hearts and minds. Today we know the answer--"Yes, Miss Dickinson, your verse is alive!" Her poems are read and loved around the world, enriching countless lives.
The Museum was founded in 2003 to protect and interpret for the public the Amherst home spaces and landscape in which Dickinson lived her unusual, intensely private life and wrote nearly 1800 remarkable verses. While owned by Amherst College, the Museum is overseen by a governing board that’s responsible for raising its annual operating budget and capital funds.
The museum, still new and frugally staffed, depends on the generosity of Dickinson devotees, poetry-lovers, and unknown friends around the world to carry out its mission. Your annual fund contribution supports house and grounds tours, programs, events, educational outreach, special exhibits, and collections care — all vital for both conserving and sharing Dickinson's lyric legacy. You can also help with capital projects planned for long-term restoration. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Whether you visit the Dickinsons in Amherst or on the web, we invite you help us in the effort to preserve and restore the nineteenth century world that America’s great poet knew and loved.
Here’s how to help.