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!


Collections Registrar and Manager
The MHS needs a professional to complete our inventories, maintain our catalogue/database, ensure the proper physical care of our collection, and accession any new objects. Help us hire this essential professional. $25,000 salary yearly

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. $1,000 per intern


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. We aim to increase these programs even more in the future. Our youth programs align with the Madison public school curriculum and can change from year to year depending on the current school offerings. Financial support can bolster these programs and also create new youth programs not affiliated with the schools. Our adult education programs include the History Book Group and the Frederick Lee Lectures, and new programs will include reinvigorated Conversations with the Curator and other ventures. $100 - $5,000

Plaque Program
This service program provides invaluable historic information to owners of Madison’s historic properties--and to the public. The fee we charge to each homeowner does not cover MHS 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 protection and storage of priceless archival materials, textiles, costumes, and objects in the MHS collection. $100 or more

Our presentation of the collections at the Allis-Bushnell House requires new signage. Help us to appropriately describe items to the public. $100 to $4,000

Internet Access
Web access at the Allis-Bushnell House will allow the collections manager to access and update our database remotely. It will also appeal to groups interested in renting the property for events. $650 per year

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 

Costume Management
Hiring a professional company to digitize our media will ensure that future generations have access to this unique part of our collection. $2,500

Digitization of Film and Audio Collections
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


Lee’s Academy’s windows need a final stage of finishing to prep and paint. $1,000

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

The Allis-Bushnell House requires new wiring and lighting fixtures. These improvements will allow us to showcase our collection in modern ways and will broaden our ability to host events. $100 to $30,000

UV Light Protection
Ultraviolet light is permanently damaging to our collection. Short-term solutions include purchasing UV film and blackout curtains for the Allis-Bushnell House windows. Long-term solutions include purchasing new windows in the Allis-Bushnell House. $1,000 to $30,000

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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