Giving to the Museum

Look behind any activity at The History Museum – whether in the museum galleries, the auditorium, Copshaholm, the historic gardens – and you will find different kinds of gifts at work, helping the museum to flourish each day. The most important effort to acquire gifts is the Annual Fund Campaign.


Gifts to the Annual Fund help to sustain daily operations and are used to support The History Museum in the here and now. They provide flexible, immediate funds to support everyday upkeep of collections, facilities and grounds, permanent and changing exhibits, programs presented to the community and to school children, and for the support of the museum staff.


The Annual Fund accounts for approximately five per cent of The History Museum’s yearly operating budget. Although seemingly a small portion, the impact of gifts made to the Annual Fund cannot be overstated. Imagine five per cent missing from the budget designated to present programs to school children, to acquire artifacts for a major exhibit, or to keep the lights and heat on. The Annual Fund is, therefore, a priority of The History Museum’s strategic plan. Our goal is to increase the resources at the museum’s disposal each year, so as to respond effectively to the needs that arise. Gifts to the Annual Fund can be put to work immediately.


Our Annual Fund Campaign generally takes place during the months of November and December, but contributions are gratefully accepted throughout the year.

If you would like to contribute to the Annual Fund, please contact Hannah Couch at (574) 235-9664, ext. 230 or

***Please do not email any financial information when contacting Hannah Couch about contributing to the Annual Fund***