On Friday, January 15, the Truro Historical Society (THS) presented a check for $1,800 to the Dexter Keezer Community Fund. The donation reflects a commitment the THS board made last spring after launching its membership drive. Out of concern for the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic was having on the local community, the board voted to give one-tenth of the total raised by the membership drive to the local fund.
The Dexter Keezer Fund, established in 1999 by Dexter’s daughter Anne, disperses funds to Truro families facing financial crises. Keezer had worked for many years as an economist and served as president of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He spent many summers in Truro and moved here year-round after retiring, becoming an active member of the community, serving as president of the Truro Neighborhood Association and as a representative to the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission.
Pictured here: THS Membership Chair Pam Fichtner (right front) hands the check to Mary Rose, from Seamen’s Bank, who administers the Dexter Keezer Community Fund. They’re joined by THS Board President Susan Howe (left rear) and Highland House Museum Director Lauren Kaufmann (right rear).