In 2008, a few neighbors formed a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to buy and renovate the Old Methodist Church building in Berlin’s town center and make it available to the greater community for daily use.
Our vision was to create a space for people from all walks of life to connect with each other in this hectic time of new technology and social media; a place where generations can comfortably interact; a place where artists and musicians can showcase their talent; a place where people can share information - all within a thriving community space.
Following three years of consulting with builders and donors plus seven years of renovation work, 19 Carter opened its doors to the public in October of 2017.
The founder of 19 Carter, Evy honed her knowledge of non-profit management at Indian Hill Music in Littleton and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Cambridge. She was Board Chair of Berlin's 1870 Town Hall Committee. Also, she had an illustrious career as a professional violinist and fiddle player. Evy is dedicated to making a place for people to connect with each other.
Patent attorney and scientist, Mary has established herself as a prominent member of the Berlin community. She retired from her role as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Cabot Corporation, and now devotes her energy to the revitalization of Berlin’s town center. Also, she is the owner of one of Berlin’s oldest homes.
Judy has held multiple positions in Town of Berlin government as a volunteer, appointed member and elected official. She was on the Berlin Board of Selectmen for 12 years and founded the Berlin Energy Committee. She formerly worked as a Corporate Software Trainer at Boston University.
After 49 years at his private practice, Joe has retired from a successful career in patent law. He has always advocated for small businesses and brings that expertise and advice to his board position at 19 Carter. Also, he is an accomplished woodworker and photographer.
Professional educator, Pat has been a Berlin resident for 45 years. She was highly active in the 1870 Town Hall Elevator Project. An early supporter of 19 Carter, Pat also donates her time as Chair of the Friends of the Berlin Public Library. She is the founder of the biannual Berlin Garden Tours.
Pat’s husband, Mark, sculpted the stone pieces at 19 Carter.
Construction supervisor and landscape designer for the 19 Carter renovation, Paul and his wife, Mary, restored a historic home in Berlin. Also, he's a member of Berlin's Board of Health.
Patrick has been a Berlin resident for over 30 years. He and his wife Mary were early supporters of 19 Carter and continue to help make it a fantastic place for people to connect. He has a strong background in business with over 33 years experience as a General Manager of a large Fortune 500 company. He's looking forward to bringing this experience to the Board of 19 Carter.
A Berlin resident and former 19 Carter volunteer, Kate joined our team in May 2022 as a part-time Operations Manager responsible for managing the volunteers running day-to-day operations. She is active in town as a member of the Berlin Council on Aging Board and the Social Justice Committee.
Born and raised in Bolton, Jessica is the youngest member of the 19 Carter team! She has had an exciting career onstage and on film, having studied Musical Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. She is now earning her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Marketing. She is passionate about treating everyone with kindness and compassion.
Nancy was born and raised in Hudson, MA and attended college in VT. Her work experience is extensive including assisting the elderly community, acting as the Eastern Mass. Representative for Digital Credit Union, and owning and operating a child care center. For 14 years, Nancy worked for the Field Headquarters for the Mass. Wildlife Department. Nancy enjoys working with others and helping to create a warm and inclusive environment for all.
Original Board member and founding donor, Don was active on all levels of the organization. From laying the electric floor heat in the lower level to restoring the historic windows to computer work on the blog, his efforts and steady support were crucial to the success of 19 Carter.
We have been approached by many who wish to replicate what we have created at 19 Carter in their own communities. We have happily given many tours and are pleased to share our story. During our time off this past year, we created this written "Guide" to help those who need inspiration with the practical aspects of making it happen. The "Guide" consists of 74 pages of information on everything from strategic plans to fundraising and marketing along with copies of the written materials we created to make 19 Carter happen.
Copies are $20 each. If you're interested in buying a copy, please contact Evy at info@19Carter.org to arrange for payment and mailing or stop by a pick up a copy in person.
This is the story of the tasks undertaken to restore this historic building and the more than 600 people and businesses who made it happen.
It's a 216-page book written by Mary Redington with photographs by Marty Miller and designed by Felice Katz.
Stop by 19 Carter to see a sample.
Please note - books are available on site at 19 Carter. If you would like us to ship it, please let us know. Thank you!
Copies are $50 each. If you're interested in buying a copy, please contact Evy at info@19Carter.org to arrange for payment and mailing.