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

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Summer Conference 2004
Back in Print: The Murder of Christ
Down East – The Magazine of Maine
Yankee Magazine – Editor’s Choice
Our Latest Communications Tool
The Thomas E. Ross Sheltered Classroom
The Chester M. Raphael Reading Room
Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund
Rental Cottages 

SUMMER CONFERENCE July 19-23, 2004
The Orgone Energy Accumulator: Its Scientific and Medical Use

"The Orgone Energy Accumulator is an instrument assembled and materially arranged in such a manner that Life Energy, present in the atmosphere of our planet, can be collected, accumulated, and made usable for scientific, educational, and medical purposes."

With these words, Wilhelm Reich defined the essential research tool of the previously unknown energy he discovered and called "orgone."

For twenty-five years Jorgos Kavouras, M.D. has maintained a general practice in Germany and Greece in which the orgone accumulator is his principal therapeutic tool. His book Healing With Orgone Energy will be published in Germany in Fall 2004. In it Dr. Jorgos documents over 40 case studies of his practical experience with the orgone accumulator. We are pleased that Dr. Kavouras will be an instructor at this year's Summer Conference.

The conference will trace the historical development of the accumulator, demonstrate experiments in which it was used, and present current experimental data on the use of accumulators with plants and humans.

Attendees will participate in laboratory activities, utilize the Orgone Room for visual observations, and construct small accumulators for specific applications, such as orgone irradiation of the neck, breast, knee and shoulder areas. Neither a scientific background nor biological training is necessary for participation in this conference.

In addition to Dr. Kavouras, our instructors will include:

  • Robert Dayton, an artist-builder whose paintings and sculpture are exhibited frequently in Easthampton, N.Y.

  • Joseph Heckman, Ph.D, a plant biologist who has designed studies of orgone accumulator applications for seeds and plants.

  • Grier Sellers, M.S., a college biology instructor who has conducted research into endosymbiosis in protists, and has a longstanding interest in Reich's work.

  • James Strick, Ph.D, a science historian specializing in the history of research about the origin of life. He is the author of Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates Over Spontaneous Generation; and co-author of a book to be published in Fall 2004: The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology.

Conference brochures have just been mailed to those on our regular postal mailing list. For more information please contact us at (207) 864-3443, or visit our web site at www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org 


For years The Murder of Christ has been out-of-print and available in the Museum bookstore only in bound xerox copies. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Lightning Source, a books-on-demand publishing house, The Murder of Christ is back in print in soft cover and available in our bookstore.

In the past few years the partnership of Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Lightning Source has brought the following titles back into print:


Down East, Maine's premier magazine, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has chosen the Wilhelm Reich Museum as one of 50 select museums, historic houses, and sites of interest in Maine to be recognized and featured in its August issue. Down East enjoys a wide readership that extends far beyond the borders of Maine. And its August issue reaches more readers than its other editions. So we look forward to a host of first-time visitors this summer. 


The Wilhelm Reich Museum has been selected as an Editor's Choice in the Yankee Magazine 2004 Travel Guide to New England. Editor's Choice destinations include must-see scenic areas, attractions, and dining and lodging accommodations. Now in its 33rd year of publication, this travel guide reaches over 600,000 readers. 


As we continually analyze our needs, goals and strategies, we find ourselves increasingly thinking in terms of new "communications tools." How can we best deliver key messages and information to a wide variety of audiences? Our latest tool, now being developed, is a user-friendly Organizational Chart of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust.

In the past few months as we've met and spoken with friends, supporters, fund givers, state and local community leaders, students, journalists, and magazine writers, we've come to realize the need for clarification about the The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust. While the goals and functions of the Wilhelm Reich Museum are generally understood and relatively easy to explain, the nature of the Trust is more complex.

Briefly, The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust was created by Reich in his Last Will and Testament, signed on March 8, 1957, three days before his imprisonment. Its mission was to transmit Reich's scientific legacy to future generations, to safeguard the truth about his life and work against distortion and slander, and to help children in need.

To carry out this mission, Reich stipulated that the Trust was to "operate and maintain the property at Orgonon under the name and style of the Wilhelm Reich Museum... to preserve some of the atmosphere in which the Discovery of the Life Energy has taken place over the decades." The Trust was also tasked with safeguarding Reich's Archives, among other responsibilities.

The Organizational Chart will succinctly visualize the breadth of the Trust by breaking down its responsibilities into three principal areas:

  1. Operating the Reich Museum in Rangeley, Maine.

  2. Maintaining and managing the Reich Archives at the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University in Boston.

  3. Publishing activities with Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York City.

Each of these responsibilities will be broken down into further detail, illustrating specific functions and activities.

This Organizational Chart will provide a uniform picture of the workings of the Trust for different audiences and applications. For Museum visitors, a large display of the Chart will be posted in the Orgone Energy Observatory and in the Conference Building. A Power Point version will be installed in a laptop computer for our offsite educational and fundraising presentations. Printed versions will be included in information packets and fundraising applications. And the Chart will also be accessible on our new website. 


The outdoor Sheltered Classroom, located on a wooded trail near the Observatory, is a venue for many of our Natural Science programs which attract many adults and children to our property each year. We've decided to name the classroom after Thomas E. Ross, Orgonon's longtime caretaker. Following Reich's death, Mr. Ross was instrumental in helping Mary Higgins develop and maintain Orgonon as The Wilhelm Reich Museum, serving as its caretaker from 1960 to 1981. Mr. Ross passed away in 1996. 


Construction of a Reading Room in the Conference Building is well underway. We'd like to thank all of you who responded to the appeal for funds in our March update.

In remembrance of Dr. Chester Raphael's longstanding commitment to Reich's work, the Trust, and the Museum, the Trust's Board of Directors has named the Reading Room in his honor. Dr. Raphael died in March, 2001. 


Our funding needs cover a broad range from individual project support to general support to capital support. With the Museum's annual operating budget now exceeding $130,000 (to maintain seven buildings on our 175 acre property, plus salaries and office expenses), capital support is more crucial than ever.

Like most non-profits, we need to secure a solid financial base as we plan for the future. Which means we cannot survive without a healthy Endowment Fund.

In 1991 The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust began its Endowment Fund which is managed by a senior officer at UBS Financial Services. The Fund now consists of $218,000. This sum represents individual contributions, proceeds from our annual programs at the Williams Club in New York City, and bequests from two individuals who were profoundly committed to Reich's work and the mission of the Trust.

Considering the Fund's thirteen year existence, it's a small sum, insufficient to the task. But in view of the donations that our friends and supporters continually make for many of our immediate needs and projects, it is understandable why the Fund isn't larger.

Nevertheless our goal is to build the Fund to $1,000,000 by the year 2008. Please help us provide a solid financial base for the Trust through contributions of assets during your lifetime or bequests in your will. Helping us reach our goal is a unique and practical way to express your commitment to Reich's legacy. 


Looking to get away in the next couple of months? Although springtime is beautiful in Maine, it is traditionally our slow period up here in Rangeley. Which means our two cottages, Bunchberry and Tamarack, have more availabilities than they do in the summer, fall, and winter.

The cottage we call Bunchberry was originally built by Reich as a study, while the larger cottage--now called Tamarack-- provided living quarters for him and his family. Both cottages offer quiet, seclusion, and access to the shores of Dodge Pond. For more details, please visit our web site or give us a call at (207) 864-3443.


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