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Contribute to Preserving Madison's History

Since its beginning the Madison Historical Society has relied upon the financial generosity of our supporters. Individuals who are passionate about public history education continue to help our organization by supporting our exhibitions and programs. Individuals who have a special interest in historic preservation ensure the conservation of our collections and the maintenance of our properties. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of donors who contribute to the Madison Historical Society. Thank you.

Annual Fund

Please feel welcome to make a tax-deductible gift to our Annual Fund at any time throughout the year. You may use our easy and secure payment option by clicking on the blue button above or to the right. You may also send direct payment by check, made payable to MHS. Please send to MHS, P.O. Box 17, Madison, CT 06443.

MHS Gift Guide

While gifts to our general purposes are the most impactful to our operations, you may designate a gift to our education programs, to special events for children and adults, to preservation of our historic properties and collections, or to the creation of changing exhibitions. The MHS also requires a large variety of supplies to manage our administrative office and preserve our collection of more than 6,000 objects! The MHS Gift Guide will help you direct your donation to our most pressing needs and initiatives. To make a gift to a specific area, please note your preference when you make your gift.


Gifts of Cash

To make a cash donation, you may use our easy and secure Paypal payment system by clicking on the blue button below or to the right. You may also send direct payment by check, made payable to MHS. Please send to MHS, P.O. Box 17, Madison, CT 06443.

Gifts of IRA Assets

Please consider making a gift to the MHS  with a distribution directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Americans over age 70½ can distribute up to $100,000 per calendar year from an IRA, tax-free. For those obligated to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), this Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to the MHS or other qualified organization counts toward your RMD but would not be included in your gross income for tax purposes.

Appreciated Securities

We accept of gifts of appreciated securities. Please contact our office to obtain wire instructions.

Gifts of Personal Property

Many of the items in our collection have been given to us by individuals who want to share something of historical importance. You may own a Madison artifact that will help us to preserve the experiences of your ancestors while educating others about some facet of Madison's past.

Your grandmother's sewing cabinet or your great-uncle's lobster traps--an assortment of tools or a basket of kitchen implements--may be just the missing pieces we have been hoping to find. Please Note: The MHS can only accept items with a direct relationship to the town of Madison.

Please contact our office to begin a conversation about donating a Madison artifact.


Please consider making a bequest to the Madison Historical Society.  If the MHS is in your estate plans or if you are considering naming the MHS as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, please let us know!

Tax Benefit

Madison Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law. Please contact your tax advisor to understand all circumstances surrounding your potential donation.

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