The American Botanical Council has successfully purchased the Case Mill Homestead for ABC's new Herbal Education and Research Center. After the purchase closing on June 9, ABC staff presented founder and executive director Mark Blumenthal with an olive tree to celebrate the event.
Minutes before deadline, ABC exceeded its Phase I funding goal of $150,000 in 1997 cash and pledges. Total current pledges for the coming 3-year period are $292,000, from individuals, foundations, and members of the herb, supplement, and pharmaceutical industries. The goal for the entire capital campaign project is $1.5 million.
Blumenthal expressed his appreciation for the support the organization has received so far. "We are extremely grateful for the level of support we have received from so many of our friends and supporters on this important milestone in ABC's growth," he said. "Our special thanks go to our friends at Enzymatic Therapy, Nature's Way and Nature's Herbs for their tremendous generosity in supporting our nonprofit mission. These three companies have contributed nearly half of our pledge total to date," he noted.
ABC's new home is about one mile east of the Austin airport and a 15-minute drive from the University of Texas and downtown Austin. The 144-year-old three-story Colonial Revival house and carriage house garage are surrounded by 2-1/2 acres of established herb gardens and live oak groves.
As noted in the last issue of HerbalGram, ABC will renovate the historic home and occupy it with administrative offices and a bookstore. The carriage house garage will be converted into storage for HerbalGram back issues. Renovations began in June. ABC intends to occupy the home this fall.
Future plans for the property include construction of a new building to house a library and resource center, an auditorium for educational lectures, laboratory space, and additional offices. The new building will be designed after the renovations and move-in are completed and when additional donations are received.
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