On Saturday, August 23, 2014, guests from around the world packed the house at FEE’s ancestral home in Irvington, New York, to say farewell to the property. This large Victorian mansion on a four-acre estate, FEE’s headquarters since 1946, has been sold.
The sale is the result of a long and deliberative process, which we have discussed in notes, letters, and web posts over the last several years, including this one in May 2014 and this one in June 2013. We reached the inescapable conclusion that FEE's future expansion requires a relocation from our beloved but aging and costly property in Irvington to a more flexible and cost-effective site where FEE can take advantage of new opportunities.
We are in the final weeks of a move to Atlanta, which offers dramatically lower costs of operation for FEE, a dramatically lower cost of living for our staff, and superior accessibility by air to all major population centers of the world. For the next 18 months, we will be domiciled in some 5,000 square feet of modern office space on Peachtree Street just north of the Midtown area while we consider our options for a permanent headquarters elsewhere in Atlanta.
FEE has hundreds of thousands of friends around the world, far more of course than could possibly attend the ceremonies on August 23. We are pleased to offer here the proceedings on video, and the main presentation also in print. This is the order of the evening’s events:
Opening remarks on the history of FEE’s Irvington property by executive director Wayne Olson
Announcements and introduction by chief operating officer Carl Oberg
Brief remarks by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Main presentation, “How to Lose Your Constitution: Lessons from the Roman Republic,” by president Lawrence W. Reed, followed by champagne toasts
If the message of the evening should prompt you to become a new supporter of FEE and its critically important work, this link will take you to our DONATE page: FEE.org/donate.