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Annual Appeal 2013
Thank you for your generous support of the MHS. Your financial donations to the MHS ensure that we can continue to make capital improvements to our buildings and properties, and they ensure that we can continue to provide quality programs and exhibitions for the whole family.
If you wish to contribute to our Annual Appeal during 2014, you may select your desired contribution amount from the drop-down menu below and then click "Add to Cart." This button will take you to a secure Paypal payment system.
Please read the 2013 Annual Appeal letter from our board president Rick Camp, and please consider a donation.
This is the time of year when many local nonprofit organizations ask for your financial assistance. We would be the first to tell you most of them are worthy of your attention. And here we are, doing the same thing.
Allow me to tell you why the Madison Historical Society is also worthy of your attention. Ours is the important task of striving to protect and preserve those intangibles which probably attracted you (or your parents, or grandparents) to live in Madison in the first place. Madison is more than just a town; it has roots.
We are a town rich in history. We make no bones about it: we like old homes and old families and old traditions. We are proud that so many of you who have built new homes or revitalized antique homes have striven to maintain the heritage of New England architecture. And not just around the Green, but throughout the four corners of the town.
Everything we do, from maintaining the two historic buildings we own, to providing Madison school children immersion in the historic roots of your community, to our series of Frederick Lee Lectures at the old Memorial Town Hall, testifies to our firmly held belief that what makes Madison special and unique is worth preserving and telling you about.
Like most of you, we, as “homeowners” have to maintain and preserve our valuable assets. We recently spent two years refurbishing Lee’s Academy, which is our headquarters and exhibition space, at a cost well over $100,000. This achievement would not have been possible without your generous contributions. Now it is time to address the many problems of our other historic property, the ca. 1785 Allis-Bushnell House, located on the Post Road, where we maintain our collection representing over 350 years of Madison’s history.
Imagine your house is in dire need of a coat of paint. The painting contractor tells you that you have a house covered in lead paint! That $20,000 paint job suddenly becomes a $40,000 project that involves federal and state mandates on the removal of hazardous materials.
It may surprise you to know that your historical society receives no money from the Town of Madison. Zero. We subsist solely upon donations from you and grants from a handful of historic and preservation foundations. That’s it. And, quite frankly, it’s not enough. Every year we dip deeper into our modest savings just to make ends meet. Having to do something about the lead paint while still providing the programs and opportunities that fulfill our mission to the Madison community is an even more daunting financial challenge.
Hopefully, you found this information worthy of your attention. If you did, please use the enclosed response form and return envelope with your tax-deductible gift. Be as generous as you can. We are your historical society, and our ability to thrive and continue our mission to preserve and protect is possible only through your generosity. Thank you for your continuing support.
Rick Camp, President
Madison Historical Society