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MERRIMACK MILESTONES

MERRIMACK HALL
IS TURNING 100!

In order to celebrate our building’s landmark birthday, we’re campaigning to honor the heritage of our community of people with special needs. 

Your donation cements a lasting legacy for that community.

We invite you to donate in honor of Merrimack Hall’s important place in Huntsville's history and of our community’s future of inclusion and diversity.

We’ll be taking a stroll down memory lane, looking back at the tremendous impact Merrimack Hall has made on the lives of people, just like you and us, who call Huntsville home.
Join us in celebrating the families of Merrimack Mill Village workers, celebrity performers who have graced our stage, and the children and adults with special needs who call Merrimack Hall home. Each has a unique story to tell and all share our passion for the way this building changes lives.

Your donation COVERS:

arts education

Art is inspiring and affords a space for independent and creative expression. It brings joy to individuals and has multiple benefits for those with a disability.

PRODUCTION

Our students perform multiple times per year, and your donations provide costumes, professional lighting and sound to accompany them on stage.

socialization

Our programs provide opportunities for our students to interact with their peers in a non-competitive setting, granting them self-confidence..


Featured interviews

SARA

Sara’s life-changing experiences at Merrimack Hall are why we love sharing the arts to those with special needs in our community.

Eliza

Her smile as she dances at Merrimack Hall might be the most precious thing we’ve ever seen.

Alan, Hannah, & Pate

These three are an unlikely trio but Merrimack Hall gives them a place to connect. Your donation will give others that same chance.

Emma

The daughter of our co-founders, Debra & Alan, she has seen Merrimack grow to impact more and more lives every year.

anna

Living her whole life with a rare medical condition has never stopped Anna from Dancing her Dreams at Merrimack Hall.

JENNA

Sharing her passion for dance with our students at Merrimack is where she found freedom and acceptance.

Haleigh

Haleigh’s love for dance led her to Merrimack Hall, and our building and programs altered the course of her life.

NOAH

His connection with Merrimack Hall runs deep, and in our building, Noah finds friendship with our students.

KIRSTEN & PRESTON

After hearing “No” too many times, their family found Merrimack Hall and a place to call home in Huntsville.



MORE coming soon!

100 years
of remarkable
achievements

Tens of thousands of people have passed through Merrimack Hall over the past 100 years. Help us cement its place in history as we lead Huntsville/Madison County to become the Gold Standard for inclusion in our state.
From 1919 - 1989, Merrimack Hall was the centerpiece of the vibrant Mill Village and was a hub of activity for the thousands of textile mill workers who made our community what it is today.
In 2006, Debra and Alan Jenkins purchased Merrimack Hall and revitalized the cultural focal point the building once was.Debra and Alan Jenkins purchased Merrimack Hall and restored it as a cultural focal point in #westsideHSV.
In 2008, Merrimack Hall hosted its first dance class for people with special needs. That class had 10 children enrolled.Merrimack Hall offered one little dance class for 10 children with special needs, sparking a movement of inclusion across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee.
Now 2019, Merrimack Hall stands proudly as the center of activity for hundreds of children and adults with special needs and their families.Merrimack Hall stands as a leading advocate for those in our community who are least able to advocate for themselves and proudly serves hundreds of children and adults with special needs and their families.
Tens of thousands of people have passed through Merrimack Hall over the past 100 years. Help us cement its place in history as we lead Huntsville/Madison County to become the Gold Standard for inclusion in our state.

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In the words of co-founder Alan Jenkins,

“Merrimack Hall is not just about bricks and mortar, it’s about the arts revitalizing a neighborhood.” ​

Merrimack Hall’s has positively impacted our neighborhood and the lives of its citizen in a number of ways for 100 years. Over the next month, we invite you join us in our celebration by donating to the arts related programs for people with special needs at Merrimack Hall.

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