Nashoba Publishing/Chelsea FeinsteinLindsey Morand stands amid her collection of E.B. White memorabilia.
Nashoba Publishing/Chelsea Feinstein Lindsey Morand stands amid her collection of E.B. White memorabilia.

TOWNSEND -- Lindsey Morand is an E.B. White superfan. She wears a black "Charlotte's Web" T-shirt as she shows off the room in her husband's Townsend home that houses her E.B. White collection.

The walls are papered from floor to ceiling with newspaper clippings and copies of family correspondence, programs from theatrical productions of White's works, letters from schoolchildren addressed to the author.

The White family's typewriter and massive dictionary sit on one table, with a chair from White's childhood home. A family portrait is framed next to them.

And on display on the top of the bookcase, a signed first-edition copy of White's most famous work, Charlotte's Web.

Even Morand's dog, a five-pound long-haired white Chihuahua, is named Princess White.

The reason for her obsession -- White was Morand's great-uncle, a man she affectionately knew during his life as "Uncle Andy," a nickname he had picked up as a student at Cornell University.

Her ultimate dream is to rebuild the old barn on the Townsend property where she grew up and which has been in her family for six decades as a permanent home for her E.B. White collection, so that visitors and students can come and appreciate her great-uncle's legacy.

"When I'm gone I want E.B. White's spirit to live on. I've had this legacy for all these years, and I want to get a permanent place for future generations to be educated on the wonderful author of 'Charlotte's Web,'" Morand said.

White, the famed children's author of "Charlotte's Web," "Stuart Little" and "The Trumpet of the Swan," was the youngest brother of Morand's grandfather, Albert White, who lived on a farm in Townsend. Morand kept in touch with him until he died of Alzheimer's disease in 1985.

Since her retirement, Morand has dedicated much of her time to curating her personal collection, which she frequently shows to students during school visits.

She hopes that by rebuilding the barn as a permanent display of the collection, she can spread the joy that she has received from her great-uncle's work.

Morand said she hopes to have a children's room in the building with toys related to White's books as well as live farm animals on the premises.

She said she would like the barn to one day house a children's theater as well, since Townsend does not have one.

"That would be a real dream come true," she said.

To fund the building process, Morand is trying to raise $50,000 on top of the few small donations she has received so far. She said she is also planning on reaching out to local businesses to ask for contributions.

She has registered E.B. White Memorabilia, Inc. as a nonprofit and said individuals can donate through contacting her at her website, ebwhitememories.org.

Morand said her mission stems from a letter White wrote to her saying, "so often the author is just forgotten."

She promised him she would never let him be forgotten.

"Everything he ever wanted to say in his books is that he loved the world. He showed the world through his writing, the truth, friendship and love he had for life," Morand said.