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

Summer Internships
The MHS employs summer interns to assist with organization, research projects, collections management, marketing efforts, and much more. $1,000 per intern

Exhibition Staff
Docents are needed at the Exhibition Hall at Lee’s Academy on Saturdays from April - November. $2,000 per season


Tour of Remarkable Homes
One of our most important annual fundraisers, 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
Now in its 46th year, the annual antiques fair on the historic green is our premier fundraiser. 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

Frederick Lee Lectures
This important and popular educational program offers three themed lectures annually, increasing civic engagement through multimedia presentations and discussions. $1,000 - $2000

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

National Historic District Tour
In partnership with DHHS students, we are creating a tour of one of our most important and iconic historic districts. Help us unveil this project during our Centennial year. Bring Madison’s history to the public. $100 or more

Oral History Project
This project pairs middle-school students with senior Madison residents to record an interview that preserves Madison history for future generations. $100 or more

Fourth of July Parade
Every year we participate in Madison’s spectacular Independence Day parade. Help us create costumes, banners, “floats,” and much more! $100 to $500

Centennial Campaign

General Support
A donation to our centennial campaign will support our mission and provide engaging educational programming and special events. Gifts of all amounts are welcomed. $100 to $10,000

Historic Preservation Fund
During our centennial year, the MHS wishes to establish a fund that will support and advocate for the preservation of the historic architecture and built environment of Madison. Help us to create a revolving fund that can help create and preserve historic districts; protect residences, ruins, and remnants; and educate the public about the benefits of preservation. $1,000 or more


Allis-Bushnell House
Historic Stone Relocation
Help us move Madison's historic stone horse trough to a more visible location. $400

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

Custom Shelving
Storage for portraits and framed artwork. $5,000

HVAC Improvements
Currently, there are no vents for A/C or heat in the rear upstairs portion of the house. Our office, portraits, and box storage don't deal well with temperature fluctuations. $4,000

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
In partnership with the Garden Club of Madison, 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 $1,000

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

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

Secure, enclosed bookcases with adjustable shelves will provide protection and security for our collection of historic books. $100 to $5,500 

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. $2,500

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