Support Jacob's Pillow
Your gift helps preserve and protect our hallowed ground.

Support an Historic Landmark

Your gift helps preserve and protect our hallowed ground.

Why Your

Support Matters

In the early 1930s, Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers put their strength and athleticism to work building many of the structures still used by the Pillow today. Visitors exploring the studios, archives, and theatres are sure to notice signs of the Pillow’s handcrafted beginnings. Giving to the Pillow ensures the preservation and protection of these structures. Awarded National Historic Landmark status in 2003, upkeep of the Pillow’s historic spaces, including the Ted Shawn Theatre, is paramount to honoring the Pillow experience.

“People often ask what my title, Director of Preservation, means. ‘Are you taking care of the buildings?’ And to some degree, yes, I’m involved in making sure our historic structures are maintained. But it’s also about looking at our entire entity here in a holistic way. To me, there are two major elements that create the Pillow experience. All of the dance activity, the vitality, the performances, and the classes that are happening here – there are plenty of other places that do all these things. So that alone isn’t what makes the Pillow special. By the same token, you think about the history and what has taken place here – the buildings, the legacy, and what has come before. It’s unique, and yet this alone isn’t enough. But put those two things together – the current activity and the history – and you get magic.”

Norton Owen; photo Christopher Duggan

Norton Owen
Director of Preservation

From the National Park Service

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. As an 18th century family farm, a stop on the Underground Railroad, Ted Shawn’s artistic home, and an international center for dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation since 1933, the Pillow holds a unique place in this country’s cultural landscape.

Ways to Support Our Historic Landmark

Your support allows us to maintain our rich, historic site. Thank you!