10th of May 2006
The brave men and women who established The United States of
America had the unique historical opportunity to build a country
and a nation from the ground up. They had in their blood the
experiences—good or bad—of their ancestors from all around the
world and they came to this land crossing the oceans to fulfill
their hopes and dreams. Any woman or man who stepped onto this
land accomplished by doing so their own "Declaration of
Independence" and each of them who built a house wrote their own
In 1914, when the construction of this house began, Sam Hill
said he expected "this house to be here for a thousand years
after I am gone". Three women convinced him later to make this
house last for another thousand years not only as a building but
also as a symbol. So this house became "Maryhill Museum of Art".
One of those three women was my grandmother, Queen Marie of
This year is an important one for the Royal Family of Romania,
as we celebrate 140 years since the Romanian dynasty was founded
under King Carol 1, 125 years since my country became a Kingdom
and a state under the name of Romania. 2006 is also important
for the connection between my family and Maryhill, as 80 years
have passed since the museum was dedicated to my grandmother.
For the tens and hundreds of years to come, may the museum
preserve the heritage and vision of its founders!
King Michael of Romania