A long-time friend of Drew University, Maribeth Collins of Portland, Oregon, has donated $100,000 for the renovation of the Wilson Reading Room. The room is named for her father, Clarence True Wilson, a well-known Methodist minister and prohibitionist whose papers are among Drew’s holdings. The room will be refurbished with new furniture and a new lighting system and a 1,200 square foot single-story addition to the room on the south façade will be added in the future. Fund raising for the expansion is continuing. The generosity of Mrs. Collins will be a catalyst for gifts from additional donors.

Collins was a lead donor in the funding of the Methodist Center thirty years ago. In collaboration with Drs. Robert and Vivian Bull and Dr. Ken Rowe, she has donated a number of unique collections to Drew, including Civil War papers that were pivotal to History Professor Wyatt Evans’ volume, The Legend of John Wilkes
Booth: Myth, Memory, and a Mummy (University of Kansas, 2004).