C.S. Lewis Foundation Purchases Historic “Green Pastures” Home in Northfield, MA

Posted by on September 18, 2013

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C.S. Lewis Foundation Purchases Historic “Green Pastures” Home in Northfield, MA

Property to Serve as Home to C.S. Lewis Study Center and College Foundation

NORTHFIELD, MA, September 18, 2013 – The C.S. Lewis Foundation has purchased the historic Green Pastures home in Northfield, Massachusetts. The site will house the C.S. Lewis Study Center and will serve as administrative offices of the C.S. Lewis College Foundation, a subsidiary of the C.S.L.F.

The 4,318 square foot home, consisting of 14 rooms and 3 bathrooms, was built in 1885 and was home to the family of famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody for nearly 100 years. The property was most recently owned by the Northfield Mount Hermon School and was used as administrative offices. It was put up for sale in March 2013, and was purchased today by the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, California.

The C.S. Lewis Study Center will serve as a residential study center for visiting scholars while also offering cultural enrichment programs open to the surrounding community, including a lecture series, Great Books seminars, and performing arts concerts. The programming will reflect the anticipated offerings of the future C.S. Lewis College, but on a noncredit basis.

Dr. Stan Mattson, President and Founder of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, shared his excitement about the purchase of the property, “This step marks a small but significant move towards the ultimate goal of establishing C.S. Lewis College in the Pioneer Valley and Five College Region. We envision Green Pastures as a gathering place for Christian hospitality, study, and conversation. What better way to honor the contribution of D.L. Moody to the educational and spiritual life of New England than to carry it into the twenty-first century through the rich legacy of C.S. Lewis? We invite all to come and share in what is about to unfold.”

For more information, visit www.cslewiscollege.org or call (909)793-0949.

About the C.S. Lewis Foundation: Inspired by the life and legacy of C.S. Lewis, the C.S. Lewis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large. Since its founding in 1986, the C.S. Lewis Foundation has pursued its mission through several initiatives, including conferences and retreats, the C.S. Lewis Faculty Forum, and the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute. The Foundation also owns C.S. Lewis’s Oxford home, “The Kilns,” which it operates as a Study Centre for visiting scholars. The Foundation has long envisioned establishing C.S. Lewis College in the U.S. For more information, visit cslewis.org.

About C.S. Lewis College: Currently in the fundraising stage prior to launch, C.S. Lewis College will be a college of the Great Books and the Visual and Performing Arts. Rooted in the historic Christian faith, the College will be inclusive of Christians of all traditions, representing the center of Christianity without reference to any single denomination. As a Great Books college, C.S. Lewis College will have a curriculum that is grounded in the classic primary sources of western and non-western thought. For more information, visit cslewiscollege.org.

Media Information: Dr. Stan Mattson, Founder & President, C. S. Lewis Foundation, is available for interviews.

Media Contact: Steven Elmore, C. S. Lewis Foundation V.P. of Events & Communications, selmore@cslewis.org or (909)793-0949.

3 Responses to C.S. Lewis Foundation Purchases Historic “Green Pastures” Home in Northfield, MA

  1. Rini Stephenson

    Hi, Dr. Stan!

    Congrats on this terrific purchase! May God use it to further the Kingdom of God!
    Tim and I miss you and the saints in Redlands. Thanks again for helping us get a tour of Lewis’ house in Oxford; it was the highlight of our family reunion in 2007.
    God bless you guys!

    Rini
    raising cows in the middle of nowhere in Appalachia, and loving it!

  2. Lois Walton

    I am so pleased to read of this purchase. I’m very excited that the C. S. Lewis foundation is seeking to begin a college in what is my ancestors home town. My grandmother worked for D. L. Moody’s daughter in the very home that you have purchased. My mother went to the Northfield School for Girls and I still have an Uncle and Aunt that live in Northfield. I would be very happy to attend events in the near future and look forward to hearing more of what is being done in this lovely town.

  3. Linda Holbrook

    This is a big step in the foundation’s growth. Sounds like your dreams and visions are coming true. Wish I were still on the East Coast. Northfield is just south of Richmond, NH where my uncle lives and I passed through it every year on my way to visit him.