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MHS Gift Guide

The MHS relies entirely on gifts and grants to meet its operating expenses, offer its exhibitions and education programs, and support its comprehensive preservation projects. Unrestricted gifts to ensure that the MHS achieves its mission are greatly appreciated. However, many individuals prefer to give to specific areas. Gifts to a specific area are welcomed at a minimum of $100. If you make your gift by mail, simply note the program or project you would like to support. If you make your gift online, please send a corresponding email to our office to direct your gift to the area of your choice. The following opportunities have immediate need. Your support to strengthen our organization and fulfill our vision for the future is sincerely appreciated.

Thank you for your generosity!

Personnel

Staff Photographer
The MHS photographer documents our collection and manages the MHS Flickr page, sharing the images with the public. $200 monthly

Library Consultant
The MHS aims to hire a library consultant to assess and archive its large collection of print materials and to improve our office organization system so as to increase public access to our collections. $500 to $15,000 

Summer Internships
The MHS employs summer interns to assist with organization, research projects, collections management, marketing efforts, and much more. $1,500 per intern

Programs

Tour of Remarkable Homes
Our premier fundraiser, the Tour is also an educational event that celebrates the architecture and cultural history of Madison. Your gift defrays the cost of promotional materials, advertising, security personnel, and the stipend of our events coordinator. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. $100 or more

Antiques Fair
The annual antiques fair on the historic green is one of our most important fundraisers. Your gift defrays the cost of promotional materials, advertising, security personnel, the stipend of our events coordinator, and installation of temporary fencing. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. $100 or more

MHS Website
Essential to our education program and our public outreach, the MHS website informs the public with invaluable educational information about our town, its history, and its culture. It informs the public about MHS events and programs. Your gift defrays the costs of website maintenance and hosting. $100 or more

Educational Programs 
We provide robust year-round offerings of youth and adult programs that are directly tied to our mission. Our youth programs align with the Madison public school curriculum and  change depending on the current school content standards. Financial support bolsters these programs and also helps us create new youth programs not affiliated with the schools. Our adult education programs include the History Book Group, the Frederick Lee Lectures, Conversations with the Curator, and other ventures. $100 - $5,000

Plaque Program
This program provides invaluable historic information to owners of Madison’s historic properties--and to the public. The fee the MHS charges each homeowner does not cover our costs for deed research, the inspection of the architectural historian, the creation of the final report, or the plaques themselves. $100 or more

Historic Preservation Fund
The MHS has established a fund that supports and advocates for the preservation of the historic architecture and built environment of Madison. Help us to grow a revolving fund that creates and preserves historic districts; protects residences, ruins, and remnants; and educates the public about the benefits of preservation. Bring Madison’s history to the public. $1,000 or more

 

Collections Care

Archival Materials
Help us purchase essential items for the protection and storage of priceless archival materials, textiles, costumes, and objects in the MHS collection. $100 or more

Collections Management and Work Space Upgrades
Tables, shelving, and an organized space are needed for our artifact care manager to prepare treasured objects for proper storage. $100 to $5,000

Book Shelving Units
Secure, enclosed bookcases with adjustable shelves will provide Madison’s historic books with the proper protection and security. $100 to $5,500 

Digitization of Film and Audio Collections 
Hiring a professional company to digitize our media will ensure that future generations have access to this unique part of our collection. $2,500

Costume Management
Our extensive collection of historic clothing needs special care and special storage materials. Help us document and store our clothing in a clean, reorganized environment. $400 to $3,500

Buildings

Refurbish the Annex
Home to our wonderful collection of maritime and agricultural tools, implements, and objects, the Annex needs new lighting and signage. $100 to $5,000

Custom Shelving
Help us purchase appropriate storage for portraits and framed artwork. $5,000

Docent Program
A docent training program will allow us to open the Allis-Bushnell House to the public more regularly. Docents will offer tours to citizens and visitors throughout the year. Jump-start the organization of this essential workforce. $500 to $1,000

Lawn & Garden
The MHS plans to refurbish and redesign our back lawn and garden to allow improved visitor enjoyment of this unique village setting. Help us initiate our future plans for the space. $100 to $5,000

Outdoor Tent
Help us to prepare for educational programs, social events, and rental opportunities on the A-B House lawn. $800 to $2,000

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