In the 1920s, Helen became the chairwoman of Eastern States Exposition Home Department. She used her lifelong interest in handicrafts to organize exhibits that represented tradition and innovation in homemaking. One exhibit of note was dedicated to voting, when women finally received the right to vote in the United States. Helen wanted women to enter voting booths and feel comfortable to cast a ballot.
Storrow dreamed up the idea for a permanent structure for exhibits. She was introduced to Arthur Gilbert, Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and purchased his family's 18th century farmhouse for $200. She moved it from West Brookfield, Massachusetts, in 1927, then purchased additional antique buildings that would be dismantled, and reconstructed to create Storrowton Village. Helen was ahead of her time, preserving architecture years before Old Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg and The Henry Ford Museum.
When the project was complete, Storrow used $350,000 of her own money to build our New England village, or nearly $6 million dollars if built today.