In 2003, a group of citizens organized as the Hunt Memorial Preservation Committee, Inc. (or HMPC), having as its purpose "to restore and preserve the architectural integrity and historical significance of the Hunt Memorial Building" and "to return it to a combined community/business use in keeping with John R. Hunt's original purpose."
The Hunt Memorial Building and its property are closely tied to the social history of the Village of Ellenville. Through the years, the Liberty Square portico of "The Hunt," and its lawns, have been used for most major community events. Clayton's Band performances have been succeeded by summertime Music in the Square; 9/11 memorial ceremonies fill the Square with firemen and fire equipment; Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the Blueberry/Huckleberry Festival are all annual events and ceremonies that make use of "The Hunt." The "old" library rooms, with tall windows, provide excellent daylight for art shows.
The HMPC believes that a building which has served the community-at-large for more than three-quarters of a century is deserving of historic status and preservation.
The HMPC is incorporated, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization which seeks funding for restoration activities through grants, member items, donations, and activities. Membership is open to anyone who agrees with the organization's purposes. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, three of whom are elected annually for three-year terms at an annual meeting in November.