Since our main mission is not to produce revenue from providing a service or a product, we rely on our community of friends, members and local merchants for donations. Without the generosity of our community, the Wappingers Historical Society can't exist.
To raise funds, we hold fundraisers and events, collect membership dues and accept sponsorship by local patrons and business to perform our mission of preserving and education the community on historical matters.
Members and non-Members alike can donate for the good of the Wappingers Historical Society in a number of ways. As a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, any donation made to us are tax deductible. This is true for monetary donations as well as donations of historical artifacts of value to the Society.
There are several ways to donate your "Treasure, Time and Talent" - and all are needed for us to continue our success..
We gratefully welcome any donation you can make to the Historical Society. If you click on the button blow and you can donate money using your credit card in any amount that you would like. If you want to restrict how the money can be spent (educational programs, restoration of the Mesier Homestead, etc), just let us know and we'll ensure that the money you donate is used specifically for that purpose.
Though we only charge a minimal amount for membership, we use this money in the course of our general operating expenses and for providing programs to achieve our mission. If you are not a member, please consider becoming one since there are several advantages to becoming a member. If you'd like to sign up to be a member, click on the "Join" button below and you can join using our online form and payment. Membership is renewed annually.
Attend our Fundraising events
A good example of one of our fundraising events is our annual "Spirit of Mesier". Each year we get together for an evening of cocktails and horderves, while enjoying a local musician group and a silent auction. We hold the event in Mesier Park and the Homestead is open for viewing to the attendees for the evening. The "profits" from this event are used for a specific purpose, which is announced prior to the event. For the last two years, we have put the money we make at this event toward the restoration of the antique windows of the Mesier Homestead.
Remember us in your Estate
Please consider naming the Wappingers Historical Society in your will. After taking care of family and loved ones, remembering the Historical Society in your will is a way to pass along something special that lives on through the work we do. If you would like to discuss this with us, please email us and we'll contact you. You will need your lawyer to enter this in your will, but if we can help in any way, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Treasure - your things
In the past, family heirlooms were passed from generation to generation, preserving family history. While that continues in some degree today, the ever increasing pressures of shrinking house space and changing styles make it hard for younger generations to accept these treasures, so they get thrown out or are relegated to a dusty, corner of the basement or attic and deteriorate. Consider giving your treasure of the past to the Society .. To us, there are no substitutes for having artifacts to tell the story of our history. To be able to maintain these important items of our past, we can begin to tell a informative and educational story of the days gone by - how people lived, the stlyes of the day and the creative inventions of the time that are of interest. When you donate an item, the value of that item is eligible to be a tax deduction for you.
Time - The gift of yourself
We greatly cherish the time that our volunteers give to the society from their love of the history of our area. If you would like to join in, please click on the Volunteer button below and you can register to become one of our volunteers. Our volunteers not only enjoy the historical work that needs to be done, but it is a great way to meet and interact with gfeat group of like-minded neighbors who become good friends along the way working for a common goal.