Purchase Environmental Protective Agency Case Study

Whom should you call to preserve a historical treasure?

The Manhattanville campus, once the Ophir Farm Estate, is steeped in history. Our college wanted to celebrate and preserve its treasures so they wouldn’t be lost forever. After researching, exploring and savoring fascinating primary sources for two years, we needed a professional editor to help create a succinct and informative booklet.

After much searching, I stumbled upon a Westchester PR firm, now known as Cut-It-Out Communications, in a list published in the Westchester County Business Journal. After visiting its website and meeting the owner, Willy Gissen, I realized he would devote the extreme care and detail needed for this project that was so dear to my heart.

Even so, the final result took my breath away. The booklet was a work of art, and we were so pleased, we mailed it to every household in Purchase at considerable expense.

Today, this booklet and its self-guided tour allow people to walk the campus and learn about our landmarks, buildings and landscaping. It is also used in college courses to educate and inform our students, and to keep history alive. That’s a noteworthy achievement since so many other historical sites have been lost to neglect and development.

Anne Gold
Aide to the President, Manhattanville College