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March 2004 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
& The Wilhelm Reich Museum

We thank you for your continual interest and support. For newcomers to our e-mail Update list, none of the names on this list--nor the names of any Museum visitors, conference attendees or bookstore customers--are shared with any other individuals or organizations. If at any time you wish to be removed from this list, please let us know. All previous Updates, dating from March 2004, available online.

You can access them through the Updates option at the top of this page or via the Quick Links along the left side of the page. These Updates provide the best contemporaneous accounts of the Trust's ongoing activities over the past six years.

Wilhelm Reich Museum Website
Reading Room
Documenting the History of the Museum
Museum Directorship
The Wilhelm Reich Archives
A New Book
Future Bookstore Items
We Have Speakers Available
Grant & Fundraising Conference


Our website is three years old, and serves as an arm out into the world. For many people, it is their first point of contact with Reich's work and the Museum. And we recognize the need to improve its content and functionality. Today that effort is being spearheaded by Phil Eskew, a graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, with webmaster experience that includes IU's Main Library website.

To upgrade our site, Phil tells us that "Our main considerations are architecture, content, usability, and navigation." Our revamped website will be completed by November and will be accessible at the same address. Our current website will remain up to date until then, so please continue to visit us at: www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org 


Work is now underway in the Museum's Conference Building for the creation of a Reading Room which will open in July for our summer season. The Museum Bookstore currently sells the most comprehensive selection of Reich's work anywhere. These same materials, and much more, will be available for study in our Reading Room. While no definite times have been determined, we anticipate extended hours during the summer, and "by appointment only" for the remainder of the year, due to staffing constraints.  


The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine is a one-of-a-kind school, dedicated to documenting Maine stories through writing, photography, photo-journalism, and radio. Since the 1970s they have been publishing a magazine and compiling a vast archive of Maine stories. Two Salt students, writer Andrea Maio and photographer Kiersten Hanna, are collaborating on an article about the history of the Wilhelm Reich Museum. In the past few weeks they have visited Orgonon several times to tour the property and facilities, read materials, conduct interviews and take photographs. Their article will be completed in early May.  


While Museum Director Mary Higgins has no imminent plans to retire, she is pleased to announce that Kevin Hinchey, a member of the Board of Directors of the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust, will succeed her as the next museum director.

Mr. Hinchey, a film and video writer/producer, currently works with Mary, the office staff, and the Board of Directors on business strategy, communications issues, fundraising, event planning, and other projects.  


The Wilhelm Reich Archives are part of the Rare Books collection at Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine in Boston, one of the nation's premier medical libraries. The Board of Directors of the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust continues to consult with archivists, scholars, and Countway librarians to develop criteria and procedures for access to the Archives in late 2007 or early 2008.  


Mary Higgins is working on another book of Reich's letters and journals. This volume will pick up where American Odyssey left off, continuing Reich's journey from 1948 through the 1950s. As of now, there is no publication date.  


High on our "to do" list is assembling a collection of medical case histories involving the use of orgone accumulators. Originally published in the Orgone Energy Bulletins, they've been available only on microfilm and, consequently, are not well-known materials. These case histories offer the reader a compelling, user-friendly look at the experimental medical uses of the orgone accumulator.

Those who attended last year's summer conference responded favorably to our screenings of Reich's microscopic films of the development of bions and live cancer cells. More than one person suggested making these films available for sale. While we don't have the financial resources at this time to do this, our future plans include transferring these films to DVD and selling them. Part of this project will require translating the films' German subtitles into English. If anyone would like to assist us on this project in any way, please contact us.

Last November Mary Higgins spoke on "The History and Future of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, Archives, and Infant Trust" at a fundraiser held at the Williams Club in New York City. Her remarks will be available on CD at some point. Again, financial constraints preclude our moving ahead on this project at the present time.  


Are you planning an event or are you part of an organization where you'd like to hear more about the life and legacy of Wilhelm Reich? Or more about the Museum or The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust? Mary Higgins and Kevin Hinchey are each available to speak to your group. For more details, please contact us.  


Our habit of attending seminars to explore grant and fundraising opportunities will bring us to Rockport, Maine on March 31st for the Philanthropy Partners Conference. Mary Henderson, our office manager, will attend as President of Friends of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, the non-profit organization founded in 1977 to support the development of the museum as an educational institution. Kevin Hinchey will represent the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust which administers Reich's estate, operates the Museum, and manages the Archives.  


Our annual operating budget now exceeds $130,000. That's how much it costs to maintain our 175 acre property in the mountains of western Maine, with an infrastructure that includes the Observatory Building, the ticket office and bookstore, the Conference Building, two rental cottages, a workshop, a barn, and an outdoor classroom. Plus staff salaries and office expenses. Every year it's a struggle to cover our costs, so fundraising is an ongoing process.

As we work to maintain and improve our Conference Building for its many uses, including the new Reading Room, these are the expenses that we are now focusing on:

  • Heat (Conference Bldg & Reading Room) $2500
  • Couch & Chairs (Conference Bldg & Reading Room) $2000
  • Rug (Reading Room) $350
  • Floor Painting (Conference Bldg) $1000
  • DVD Player and TV (Reading Room) $500
  • Staffing (Reading Room) $1500
  • Lamps & Lighting (Reading Room) $300
  • Side Tables (Reading Room) $200
  • 100 Upholstered Stack Chairs (Conference Bldg) $2500
  • Curtains with travis rods (Conference Bldg) $1500

  TOTAL: $12,350

We hope you'll support us in any way you can. Checks can be made out to The Wilhelm Reich Museum.


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