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Founded
1938
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Preserving history, engaging minds, connecting Maine
Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. he Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state.
Founded
1943
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Preserving Vermont's heritage since 1838
Founded in 1838, The Vermont Historical Society engages both Vermonters and "Vermonters at heart" in the exploration of our state's rich heritage. Our purpose is to reach a broad audience through our outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. We believe that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities.
Founded
1982
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Continuing support for Vermont communities since 1980
The Preservation Trust of Vermont was founded in 1980 to initiate, stimulate and assist local and statewide efforts to preserve and use Vermont's rich collection of historic, architectural cultural and community resources. We help through planning grants, technical assistance, preservation grants, and a variety of educational tools. Much of this work is in partnership with local organizations, communities and individual Vermonters who are actively working to protect and restore significant historic properties, downtowns and community centers. The Preservation Trust has assisted community leaders, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations in virtually every community in Vermont.
Founded
1943
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Enriching Island Life Year-Around
The Nantucket Atheneum provides public library service to the island's year-round and seasonal residents, housed in a historic 1847 building and the Weezie Library for Children. The Atheneum collects, organizes and disseminates books, literature and other materials in a variety of formats to help users of all ages meet their recreational, personal, professional and intellectual needs. In keeping with its heritage, the Atheneum also serves as a cultural center for the Nantucket community by sponsoring educational programming and maintaining special collections related to the history and culture of the island.
Founded
1922
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Making accessible the histories of families in America
Since 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 20,000 members nationwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, reputation, and expertise are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and on-line genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, and Canadian research. The NEHGS research library, located in Boston, is home to more than 12 million original documents, artifacts, records, manuscripts, books, family papers, bibles, and photographs dating back more than four centuries. This incredible collection provides unprecedented access to information that is simply not available anywhere else.
Founded
1932
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Preserving whaling history
The Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum was founded in 1903 to create and foster an interest in the history of the territory included in Old Dartmouth; promote historical research; and collect documents and relics and provide for their proper custody. The Society established the Whaling Museum in 1907 to tell the story of American whaling and to describe the role New Bedford played as the whaling capital of the world in the nineteenth century. Today, the Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area.
Founded
1938
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A library and cultural center for members and scholars
Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. The mission of the Boston Athenæum is to serve its members, the broader community, and scholars throughout the world by preserving and augmenting its collections of books and art, by providing library services and cultural programs, and by preserving and enhancing the unique atmosphere of its landmark building.
Founded
1942
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An independent research library founded in 1791
Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. In the two centuries since the founding of the MHS, its mission has remained constant: to collect, preserve, make accessible, and communicate manuscripts that promote the study of Massachusetts and the nation. The institution today encompasses five programmatic areas: library, publications, research programs, The Adams Papers, and education and public programming.
Founded
1963
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Bringing the Shaker story to life
Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. Through this story we promote appreciation of the aesthetics, beliefs, achievements and controversies that have defined the Shaker experience in America. The Shakers are a religious order which believed in pacifism, celibacy, and communal living. Worship could take the form of singing and ecstatic dance, which is why they were called the "Shaking Quakers," or "Shakers." The utopian sect is renowned today for its plain architecture and furniture.
Founded
1979
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Medium
Edith Wharton's Home
The Mount is both an historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton. Designed and built by Wharton in 1902, the property includes Wharton's gracious main house and expansive terrace; the historic stable, greenhouse, and gatehouse; and three acres of formal gardens surrounded by extensive woodlands. The Mount is the only monument to Edith Wharton in the United States, and one of just five percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women.
Founded
1980
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Rescuing books, inspiring readers
The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to recover Yiddish books and other Jewish treasures and to advance understanding of the history, literature and culture they represent. Our major initiatives include onsite and online education; an online library to make Yiddish books, audio and video freely available to all; and publications and outreach, including a visitors center, exhibitions, public programs, translation, oral history, an English-language magazine, social media and campus events.
Founded
1996
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Medium
Sharing stories. Inspiring lives.
Founded in 1995, the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is a national non-profit devoted to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America and beyond. JWA's mission is to document Jewish women's stories, elevate their voices, and inspire them to be agents of change. JWA is committed to enriching the way we understand the past and ensuring a more inclusive future. At JWA you'll find the world's largest repository of material about and voices of Jewish women, both celebrated and unheralded.
Founded
1934
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Preserving and interpreting the history of Nantucket Island
The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.
Founded
1963
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Providing support for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Founded in 1984, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. The support provided by the Kennedy Library Foundation enables the federal government to expand the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's research and archival capacity, to undertake marketing and public information projects, to offer intern and research fellowship programs, to enhance its museum and exhibits, and to offer nationally recognized educational and public programming.
Founded
1944
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Stimulating the intellect and imagination by providing access to literature, information, nature and the arts
The mission of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is to stimulate the intellect and imagination by providing access to literature, information, nature and the arts. The library first opened its doors to the public in 1894 and is located in the heart of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. The Library is open 65 hours each week, and the collection includes books, magazines, compact discs, DVDs and videos, all totaling more than 170,000 items. The Westerly Public Library is a great resource for the community -- it has something for everyone of every age.
Founded
1925
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Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Island's history.
The Rhode Island Historical Society, believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, collects, preserves, and shares materials from Rhode Island's past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities, and themselves. Pursuing the highest standards of collection, preservation, presentation, and management, the Society encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Rhode Island's varied history.
Founded
1935
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Having nothing in view but the good of mankind
The Redwood Library and Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. Founded in 1747 by forty-six proprietors upon the principle of "having nothing in view but the good of mankind," its mission continues over 250 years later. One of the country's earliest "public" libraries -- that is, open to the public though not "free"--Redwood is the oldest surviving lending library in the country. Redwood remains a "membership library" (open to the public) supported by Proprietors, who own shares and pay an annual assessment, and Subscribers, who pay fees. The Original Collection of 751 titles has grown to a collection numbering more than 160,000 volumes.
Founded
1919
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The library
Providence Public Library is an essential agency of public education and crucial to the infrastructure of our community. Since 1875, Providence Public Library has led residents of Providence and all Rhode Island to opportunities for lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The Library provides free public library services through print, recorded, and digital collections, information resources, programs of interest and relevance, and expert staff. The Library is a committed partner with each individual in meeting their intellectual and cultural goals and with the broader community of reader/learners to achieve an informed, enlightened, and engaged citizenry.
Founded
1928
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Newport history starts here.
The Newport Historical Society is a multi-faceted history-based institution that has three general areas of activity. It retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, documents and properties. It supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history. And, it develops and delivers a variety of educational programs — exhibits, tours, conferences, publications and other formats — to transmit information and open dialogs with the public about history. As a small organization with significant holdings and a large mission, it is specifically a component of the NHS' strategic plan to work as much with other organizations as possible to expand its reach. We are relentless collaborators. Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved five centuries of history and continues to document Newport's unique contribution to our national narrative. The mission of NHS is also to chronicle and interpret this history for a broad audience, so that knowledge of our past will contribute to a deeper understanding of the present and better preparation for the future.
Founded
2000
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One of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era.
Since assuming stewardship responsibility for Blithewold in 1999, Blithewold, Inc. has concentrated on rebuilding a broad base of support for the property in the community and amongst horticultural enthusiasts to preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold.
Founded
1938
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Fostering an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain
The mission of the Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation's defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum offers a wide range of educational programs including lectures by major authors and artists, symposia, dramatic performances, concerts and family friendly activities. Open year round for guided tours, The Mark Twain House attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year and is one of the premier tourist attractions in Connecticut. The Mark Twain House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.
Founded
1943
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Enriching minds. Enhancing community.
The Ridgefield Library is a vital resource for the community- not only in what it has to offer in terms of resources and services, but also in terms of its warm, helpful staff. With over 1,100 daily visitors, The Ridgefield Library serves a large number of new and returning patrons. We are actively involved with the life of our community and seek to serve our patrons with excellence. The Library is an intellectual and cultural center for Ridgefield, offering a supportive, welcoming environment that encourages all to read, discover, question exchange ideas, and grow.
Founded
1947
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History Moving Forward
Founded in 1936 as the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, we are a state-wide network of twelve significant historic properties that span three centuries of New England history. Our museums are starting points, "landmarks in every sense," for deeper exploration and greater appreciation of the Connecticut experience. We have something for everyone: from captivating house tours to lovely historic gardens, history celebrations and remarkable collections of art and antiques. Our real-life stories, as told through our collections, make history matter. Connecticut Landmarks, connects you to Connecticut's past - one great place at a time.
Founded
1943
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Providing free and convenient access to information
On March 15, 1878, the Greenwich Library was incorporated by Joint Resolution of the Connecticut General Assembly. The library's mission is to provide free and convenient access to information and to promote the love of reading and research, and the joy of lifelong learning and engagement with the arts, sciences and humanities. Library staff guide patrons - individuals, businesses, schools and local government - to timely and accurate information to further their educational, social, cultural, and economical advancement. The Byram Shubert and Cos Cob Library branches offer current and popular collections that meet the local community's needs and facilitate access to the broader collection and services provided by the main library.
Founded
1934
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A museum, education center, library, and research center
A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state's official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, the CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center that are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The CHS's collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations.The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present.
Founded
1957
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Explore our Colorful Past!
The Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission at the Bush-Holley Historic Site since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. The circa 1730 structure began life as a home for prosperous merchants and gained recognition later as a boarding house and gathering place for many prominent American artists and writers. It is a National Historic Landmark, a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 18 museums in Connecticut participating in the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Greenwich Historical Society also boasts an extensive research library and archives that contain over 1,200 linear feet of archival material; it is home to the Vanderbilt Education Center, which accommodates lectures, family programs and hands-on activities; and it includes the 1805 Storehouse Gallery, a former warehouse, store and post office that features rotating exhibitions and a museum store.
Founded
1934
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Making the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. BHS's Othmer Library and Archives houses the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn's history and culture in the world. Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Making history matter
The New-York Historical Society is dedicated to exploring the connections between the events of the past and our lives today. Founded in 1804, its programs examine the richly layered history of New York City and State and the nation, fulfilling its dual role as a public educational center and scholarly institution. It holds one of the country's greatest collections of American art and historical artifacts, and one of the most comprehensive independent research libraries in the country.
Founded
1957
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Fostering knowledge of the ongoing story of Jewish life
YIVO is dedicated to fostering knowledge of the ongoing story of Jewish life, with a focus on the history and culture of East European Jewry—the ancestry of a significant proportion of Jews in the world today. This story has played an important role in shaping the times we live in. Scholars continue to uncover new layers of the story in our archives and library, one of the world's most important resources on Jewish life and history in Europe; Yiddish language, literature, and folklore; the Holocaust; and the American Jewish immigrant experience. YIVO brings their discoveries and insights to you and treasures from our collections through public programs, courses, exhibitions, award-winning publications, and websites.
Founded
1933
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Fostering awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage
Founded in 1892, the mission of the American Jewish Historical Society is to foster awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage and to serve as a national scholarly resource for research through the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials relating to American Jewish history. The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. The Society's library, archives, photograph, and art and artifacts collections document the American Jewish experience.
Founded
1935
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Preserving the instinct to explore.
The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Founded in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club actively encourages public interest through its public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other events.
Founded
1934
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A cornerstone of the American tradition of equal opportunity
The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond, operating 90 libraries-including research and branch libraries-throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The Library system offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years, with more than 18 million visits in Fiscal Year 2012. The New York Public Library also serves millions more around the globe online through its website and its extensive social media presence.
Founded
1965
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Saving the world's most treasured places
The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading private organization dedicated to saving the world's most treasured places. For over 40 years, working in more than 90 countries, our highly skilled experts have applied proven and effective techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe. Through partnerships with local communities, funders, and governments, we inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations. Headquartered in New York, WMF has offices and affiliates worldwide. Nearly 90% of the revenue raised by the World Monuments Fund goes directly toward preservation projects, fieldwork, advocacy, and educational programs. Every two years, WMF issues the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites, a global call to action on behalf of sites in need of immediate intervention.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
Preserving, restoring and promoting French heritage
French Heritage Society is a non-profit American organization created in 1982 that includes 10 chapters in the US and one in France. Through various activities and our educational program, we are dedicated to preservation, restoration and promotion of the beautiful French heritage throughout the United States and France. The central mission of French Heritage Society is to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream, and create.
Founded
1982
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Supporting the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel
Founded in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, and spearheaded by Eli Zborowski, the American Society for Yad Vashem works in partnership with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem to support their efforts in the areas of commemoration, education, research, capital improvement and special projects. Yad Vashem was established in 1953 by the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and was entrusted with the task of commemorating the six million murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. It mandates Holocaust remembrance, commemoration, and education to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are secured for posterity.
Founded
1982
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Restoring and preserving the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
In 1982, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation was founded when President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Foundation first tackled the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. The Foundation then turned its attention to the restoration of Ellis Island--the largest historical restoration in the history of the United States. Ellis Island, our most potent symbol of the American immigrant experience, had become sadly deteriorated. When the Island opened in 1990 it unveiled the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, where many rooms appeared as they had during the height of immigrant processing.
Founded
1993
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Providing funding for the Western Wall
In 1988, the government of Israel established the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The Foundation's objective is to convey to all segments of the Jewish people the values inherent in the heritage of the Western Wall, to preserve and develop the Western Wall and its Tunnels, and to develop educational frameworks that make Jews everywhere feel closer to Jerusalem. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation funds its Israeli counterpart in physically maintaining and renovating the area of the Western Wall. This includes providing funding for paving and expanding the Western Wall Plaza, preserving the stones of the Wall, and preparing the Western Wall Tunnels for the close to three million visitors who have, so far, been awed by them.
Founded
1996
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Fostering the creation and dissemination of Jewish knowledge
The Center for Jewish History is one of the great public Jewish historical and cultural institutions in the world, and its mission is clear: to foster the creation and dissemination of Jewish knowledge and to make the historical and cultural record of the Jewish people readily accessible to scholars, students and the broad public. The Center serves the worldwide academic and general communities with combined holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings, and textiles - the largest repository documenting the Jewish experience outside of Israel. This amalgamation of collections and public programs has brought over 100,000 visitors.
Founded
1997
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Tiny
Educating the general public about the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin
The Yitzhak Rabin Center was founded in 1997 to commemorate the life and legacy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, soldier and statesman, as it relates to Israeli Society, peace and security. The Center is taking an active role in teaching the lessons of the assassination and promoting international leadership development, public dialogue and tolerance. The Center includes a museum, educational wing, archives and library and public spaces. It's educational programs center around the newly opened Museum, the first of its kind to tell the story of the modern state of Israel. Using the life of Yitzhak Rabin as a connecting thread, the museum delves into the history of Israel's development, social challenges, and the events that led to his assassination. It will become an important part of civics studies for all students in Israel.
Founded
1951
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America's Fort
The mission of Fort Ticonderoga is to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. We serve this mission by preserving and enhancing our historic structures, collections, gardens, and landscapes, and by educating and inspiring the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga and the diverse peoples who met here in war and in peace.
Founded
2006
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Experience the presidency, shape the future
The George W. Bush Presidential Center endows a presidential archive depository to house and preserve documents, papers and memorabilia of President George W. Bush and to promote the George W. Bush Institute which supports research and educational activities on policy issues. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum promotes an understanding of the American presidency, examines the specific time in history during with President Bush served, and provides access to the official records and artifacts from the Bush Administration. The George W. Bush Institute is an action oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that develops leaders, advances policy, and takes action to solve today's most pressing challenges.
Founded
2006
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Tiny
Invest in the future. Preserve the past.
Global Heritage Fund's (GHF) mission is to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world. Since its founding, GHF has focused its efforts in developing countries and regions on preservation and responsible development of the most important and endangered global heritage sites. GHF projects are selected using strict criteria developed by its Board of Trustees and Senior Advisory Board, and our work on each project follows a methodology termed Preservation by Design ®.
Founded
1987
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Experience New Jersey's cultural heritage
A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor's Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. Home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.
Founded
1991
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Inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in North America, and the inspiration for America's public parks. A National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum, and urban wildlife sanctuary, Mount Auburn's beauty, historical associations, architecture, monuments, landscapes, and horticultural collections are internationally renowned. Mount Auburn serves as a 175-acre community resource, an urban oasis, and a museum of art and horticultural treasures. It is open 365 days a year, welcoming 250,000 visitors annually from around the world.The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery seeks support from its members, other individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies. It receives gifts for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of its historic monuments, structures, and archives.
Founded
1924
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Educating the public about the heritage and history of Lancaster
LancasterHistory.org is a community-based organization established to educate the public on the history of Lancaster County and its place in the history of Pennsylvania and the United States, to advance the missions of regional historical organizations, and to promote the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of resources representing the history of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania within the broader context of state and national history, including the life and legacy of America's fifteenth president, James Buchanan, and to preserve and maintain Wheatland, his home.
Founded
1934
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Connecting readers and rare books
The Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) is America's first successful lending library and oldest cultural institution. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, LCP is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th through 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the LCP houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs and works of art. The mission of the LCP is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials within our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, an online public access catalog, and regular exhibitions and public programs.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Promoting the appreciation, protection and revitalization of the Philadelphia region
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia actively promotes the appreciation, protection, and appropriate use and development of the Philadelphia region's historic buildings, communities and landscapes. Our task is not simply to protect the past; it is also to build public appreciation and support for the distinctive historic character of the city of Philadelphia and surrounding communities, and the assets that contribute to that character. The Alliance is also a public advocate for preservation policies and laws. No other organization performs these functions in the city of Philadelphia; no other organization takes as its mission cooperative efforts with preservation organization in all the Pennsylvania counties adjacent to Philadelphia to achieve these same objectives.
Founded
1989
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At the intersection of heritage, faith and community
Partners for Sacred Places was founded in 1989 by a national task force of religious, historic preservation and philanthropic leaders. Partners for Sacred Places brings together a national network of expert professionals who understand the value of a congregation's architectural assets, its worth as a faith community, and the significance of its service to the community at large. Through their training programs, information clearinghouse, and professional network, they have helped congregations in all 50 states. Partners is the only national advocate for the sound stewardship and active community use of America's older religious properties. Informed by its research, Partners is building a shared sense of responsibility for the future of sacred places.
Founded
1996
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Restoring the historic role of the Union League of Philadelphia to the city, state and nation
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation (ALF) is recognized as a leading cultural organization in the Greater Philadelphia region, restoring the historic role of the Union League of Philadelphia to the city, state and nation. The ALF is an established leader within the Civil War community, championing Philadelphia's contributions to the Civil War. The country's foremost Lincoln scholars regard the Foundation as an important source of high-quality lectures, symposia and exhibits. As steward of priceless art, archival, manuscript, library and object collections, the ALF enables thousands of students, teachers, researchers, visitors and members to experience the history and heritage of the Union League first hand.
Founded
1969
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Supporting the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation supports and enhances programs, services and facilities of The Indianapolis Public Library and its partnerships in lifelong learning initiatives that benefit a diverse community. While tax dollars support basic library expenses such as staff salaries and building upkeep, a need exists to develop and maintain quality programs and services for people in our community. The Library Foundation's support delivers, in part or in whole, many of these important initiatives that patrons have grown to know and appreciate through the generations.
Founded
1970
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Preserving the architectural and cultural resources that make Franklin and Williamson County so unique.
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County protects and preserves the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County. We promote the revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. For 46 years, the Heritage Foundation has been the one consistent advocate of the quality of life we all hold precious.
Founded
1972
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Preserving New York's unique architectural heritage
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, revitalizing, and reusing architecturally significant buildings in New York City and State. Since 1973, the Conservancy has advocated for preservation in Washington, Albany, and at City Hall. Since its founding, the Conservancy has provided more than $30 million in grants and low-interest loans, accompanied by countless hours of hands-on technical consulting, to owners of historic homes, businesses, schools, houses of worship, theaters, cultural institutions, affordable housing units, and community centers. This work revitalizes neighborhoods and preserves the character of our City for future generations.
Founded
1972
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Informing new generations of the ideals and achievements of Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, and perpetuating their legacy.
The mission of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute is to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and to inspire the application of their spirit of optimism and innovation to the solution of current problems. The Institute commemorates the significant events of the Roosevelt years and works with educators to improve the teaching of that pivotal period in American history. The Roosevelt Institute believes that the spirit of pragmatic idealism that these two great leaders brought to the problems of their time can continue to inspire the struggle for peace and social justice everywhere in the world.
Founded
1974
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Americans in alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Founded in 1973, The Royal Oak Foundation is the United States affiliate of The National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Royal Oak raises funds for the conservation of historic properties including houses and gardens in Britain and elsewhere and sponsors educational programs which address issues in conservation and preservation. Royal Oak offers lecture programs which address the topics of art, architecture, collections, garden and landscape design, social history and conservation and preservation. Royal Oak also sponsors a biennial competition in the Architectural Arts and promotes scholarship through ICOMOS, Attingham Summer School and now the Damaris Horan Prize Landscape History Fellowship.
Founded
1974
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Expanding public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States
Founded in 1974 by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the Supreme Court Historical Society is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Society accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs, supporting historical research, publishing books, journals, and electronic materials, and by collecting antiques and artifacts related to the Court's history. These activities and others increase the public's awareness of the Court's contributions to our nation's rich constitutional heritage.
Founded
1949
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The oldest cultural institution in Pittsburgh
Now in its 137th year, the Heinz History Center continues to preserve and present Pittsburgh's past. Founded in 1879, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (which operates the History Center) is Pittsburgh's oldest cultural institution. It is an educational institution that engages and inspires a large and diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The History Center now represents the cutting edge of the history-museum field and has received national recognition. The collections, exhibitions, publications, and programming supported by the History Center have made it an invaluable asset to Western Pennsylvania. The History Center is a Smithsonian affiliate, and also operates the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village and Fort Pitt Museum. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Founded
1993
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Tiny
Maintaining One of Dayton's Oldest & Most Beautiful Landmarks
Founded in 1993, the Dayton Masonic Foundation maintains one of Dayton's oldest and most beautiful landmarks, the Masonic Temple Building. The building is located in the City of Dayton and is listed on the United States Register of Historical Properties. The Foundation maintains the building in its original condition. It also supports organizations in the area who promote and inspire individuals to serve their community and country by providing them with a place to conduct their programs. Finally, the Foundation provides general scholarships to assist deserving students from the fourteen-county area in attaining a higher education and rants to qualified exempt organizations who administer to the poor and needy of the communities in the Valley of Dayton.
Founded
1998
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Home of James and Dolley Madison Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights; America's 1st First Lady
The Montpelier Foundation inspires continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison.Montpelier is a glorious 2,650-acre estate in Orange County, Virginia, and was the lifelong home of James Madison, America's fourth president. Established in 1998, the Montpelier Foundation assumed full financial and administrative responsibility of Montpelier in 2000.We are making Mr. Madison's lifelong home at Montpelier a window into his life and legacy, a place of education where visitors, scholars, and educators can explore the ideas of the Father of the Constitution and get to know America's 1st First Lady.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Celebrating our creative heritage
Dayton History is Montgomery County's official historical organization. Consisting of Carillon Historical Park, the Archive Center, Kettering-Moraine Museum, Hawthorn Hill and Patterson Homestead, Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting and promoting the region's past. Our beautiful 65-acre campus features 25 special exhibit buildings and structures ready for you to explore. See the actual 1905 Wright Flyer III, Dayton-made cash registers, vintage automobiles, train cars and bicycles, a 1930s print shop and the largest carillon in Ohio.
Founded
1940
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Giant
History. . .take it personally
The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) was founded in 1867 to preserve and present the history of all of the people of Northeast Ohio. Today, it is the largest privately supported regional historical society in the nation. WRHS exists to collect, preserve and present Northeast Ohio history and make this history accessible to audiences of all ages through exhibitions and programs that explore the heritage of this region. The Society's main campus in University Circle houses the History Museum, the Archives/Library, the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum and Chisholm Halle Costume Wing.
Founded
1958
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A magnificent historic house museum and country estate
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is a historic estate in Akron which is the former home of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family. In 1957, the Seiberling family donated Stan Hywet to a non-profit organization so that the public could enjoy and experience it. Stan Hywet is dedicated to providing meaningful learning experiences for children of all ages, featuring youth programs that offer children unique, educational opportunities in a historic house museum atmosphere. Stan Hywet's Collections Department acquires, preserves, and provides access to rare and unique materials that document the estate, the Seiberling family, construction, and life on the estate. The department also serves as a scholarly resource for the museum's staff and volunteers as well as local, regional, national and international scholars and researchers.
Founded
1986
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Large
Maintaining, preserving, and enhancing Lake View Cemetery
The mission of The Lake View Cemetery Foundation is for the purpose of maintaining, preserving and enhancing, for the benefit of the general public, the historically and architecturally significant buildings, monuments and areas located within, and the horticulture, botanical gardens, and landscape of Lake View Cemetery and provide education outreach programs.
Founded
1933
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Giant
Connecting people to the past
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has been Indiana's storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating the state's history. IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
Founded
1939
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Open to the public since 1887
The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.
Founded
1992
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Medium
Inspiring libraries transforming communities
As a membership organization of North America's premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent more than 40 years enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets. ULC serves as a forum for thought leaders by sharing best and next practices that result from library-based innovations, targeted research and initiatives, publications, convenings and discussion groups. ULC programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities.
Founded
1987
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Supporting the freedom of all Chicagoans to read, to learn and to discover
The Chicago Public Library Foundation was established in 1986 as an independent educational organization dedicated to working with the City of Chicago in a true public/private partnership to enrich the collections and programs of the Chicago Public Library. The Foundation has provided start-up funding for new programs, such as technology and expanded Sunday and evening service hours, that are now included in the Library's city-funded budget. The Foundation also provides on-going funding for collections, book acquisition and a variety of community-based programs that contribute to the excellence of the Library.
Founded
2000
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Tiny
The Nation's largest African American video oral history collection
Founded in 1999, The HistoryMakers is committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans. Through the media and a series of user-friendly products, services and events, The HistoryMakers enlightens, entertains and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history. The HistoryMakers is the single largest archival collection of its kind in the world designed to promote and celebrate the successes and to document movements, events and organizations that are important to the African American community and to American society.
Founded
2000
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Giant
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation supports the educational and cultural programming of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; fosters Lincoln scholarship through the acquisition and publication of documentary materials relating to Lincoln and his era; and promotes a greater appreciation of history through exhibits, conferences, publications, online services, and other activities designed to promote historical literacy.
Founded
1956
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Large
Serving the Wisconsin Historical Society since 1954
Established in 1954, the mission of the Wisconsin Historical Foundation (WHF) is to strengthen the Wisconsin Historical Society's ability to fulfill its public mandate and mission to help people connect to the past. The WHF fulfills its mission by increasing awareness, engaging with audiences, and fostering philanthropic relationships throughout Wisconsin and beyond, and by seeking resources and solutions that make visionary and entrepreneurial ideas possible. The Society was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became the 30th state, and it ranks as one of the largest, most active, and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. The Society helps people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.
Founded
1994
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Medium
Promotes and supports Madison's library facilities, services and programs
The Madison Public Library Foundation supports and celebrates Madison's library facilities, services and programs in an effort to develop and sustain a world-class library system. The Madison Public Library Foundation provides leadership and resources to help develop and sustain a world-class library system.
Founded
1997
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Small
The tour of a lifetime
The Ten Chimneys Foundation was formed in 1996 to preserve and share the buildings, furnishings, collections, and grounds of a national treasure - Ten Chimneys, the estate created by Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. The Foundation also serves as a continuing resource and powerful inspiration for theatre, the arts, and the art of living, and offers public programs consistent with the Lunts' varied interests and core values, while maintaining the integrity and intimacy of this extraordinary estate. Ten Chimneys is open to the public as a world-class house museum and resource for theatre, arts, and arts education. The estate is a National Historic Landmark, a Save America's Treasures project site, and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
Founded
1944
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Giant
A journey of discovery
The Minnesota Historical Society connects people with history to help them gain perspective on their lives. The Society preserves the evidence of the past and tells the stories of Minnesota's people. The Historical Society is chief caretaker of Minnesota's story - and the History Center is home to the Society's vast collections. Within its archives reside artifacts ranging from American Indian moccasins and artwork to furniture and photographs, Civil War-era flags and a wealth of genealogical information. All of it is accessible today and for future generations. Through its 26 historic sites and museums, the Society offers opportunities for thought-provoking entertainment, learning and fun. Visitors can discover the power of water at Mill City Museum, enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Superior at Split Rock Lighthouse, and experience 19th-century frontier living at Historic Fort Snelling.
Founded
1993
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Large
To preserve, restore, and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations.
The Basilica Landmark's mission is to preserve, restore, and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. The Basilica Landmark was organized in 1993 to preserve and restore The Basilica of Saint Mary and its campus. The Basilica Landmark is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization separate from The Basilica of Saint Mary.
Founded
1960
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Large
Providing vital support to the Saint Paul Public Library
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a private membership organization established in 1945 to support the Saint Paul Public Library. Today, The Friends boasts a membership of close to 2,000 individuals. The Friends' mission is to increase the use of the Library through public awareness and cultural programming; advocate for strong public funding of the Library; and provide private funding to enhance Library services. The Friends will provide the necessary support to ensure that the Saint Paul Public Library is among the foremost library systems in the United States.
Founded
1990
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Medium
Great cities need great libraries
Founded in 1989, the mission of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation is to support the Library's programs and services through advocacy, fundraising and by building relationships with others who share a passion for the Library's work and to conduct a major capital campaign to support the renovation and modernization of Central Library–designed by American Architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1912. In addition, the Foundation operates the Library's membership program, the FRIENDS of the St. Louis Public Library.
Founded
1959
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Large
Fulfilling the Truman Library's commitment to research and education
The Harry S. Truman Library Institute is the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library. The Truman Library is one of twelve presidential libraries operated by the Federal government. Since 1957, the Truman Library and the Truman Library Institute have worked together to fulfill the Truman Library's commitment to research and education The Library Institute was organized to foster and assist in the Truman Library's growth and development as a national center for study and research. The purposes of the Institute are to promote research into the Truman administration through the awarding of grants and the sponsoring of scholarly conferences, to assist in the development of the Library's museum and public programs, and to help the Library maintain the integrity of its programs.
Founded
1976
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Giant
Libraries Change Lives
In 1972 the Tulsa Library Trust was formed as a nonprofit organization to receive and administer donations for services and programs beyond the funding capabilities of the Tulsa City-County Library's annual operating budget. The Tulsa Library Trust supports the Tulsa City-County Library's efforts to provide services to the half a million children, teens and adults who use the library. We strive to cultivate the love of reading and lifelong learning by offering unique programs, services and resources to communities in Tulsa County.
Founded
1976
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Large
Our Mission: Values into Action Our Core Values: Integrity, Perseverance and Civic Responsibility
Friends of Hildene raised the money to purchase the Hildene estate in 1978 and began the long process of restoring the home and gardens. The formal gardens, designed by Jesse Lincoln for her mother Mary, include many of the original plantings from 1907 and produce thousands of peony blooms each June. Hildene became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. Today, Hildene's staff and volunteers welcome thousands of guests daily to the Lincoln home, exhibits, restored 1903 Pullman car, farms and walking trails.
Founded
1926
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Giant
Exploring the people, places and events that shaped Maryland's past
The mission of the Maryland Historical Society is to educate people of all ages about the rich history of Maryland, using the Society's collections, and to collect and preserve important objects, printed materials and images from prehistoric Maryland to the present day. The Maryland Historical Society will become known as the state's preeminent center for Maryland history by 2026, the 250TH anniversary of American independence, focused on educating the public through its vast and unique museum and library collections. It will do so within the context of changing demographics and social values, using technology to connect the collections with those who may benefit from the lessons and stories they portray.
Founded
1962
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Medium
Promoting the history of the Capitol and Congress
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions and the people who have served therein. The Society continues exploring and instituting new and creative ways to bring the fascinating story of the Capitol, its institutions and our national history to people around the world. Society activities include educational tours, scholarly symposia, observances of historic events, enhancement and preservation of the Capitol's collection of art and artifacts, sponsorship of research on the public careers of those who have served in the Capitol, the sale of publications and mementos of historical nature and assistance to Congressional and other Capitol offices.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Promoting national healing, and educating on the Vietnam War era
As the founders of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund works to preserve the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to promote healing and to educate about the impact of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was initially conceived with one overriding purpose -- to bring long overdue honor and recognition to the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in Vietnam. Today, the Memorial has transcended its role as a national symbol of reconciliation and stands as a living history lesson. The Memorial is unique in its ability to inspire exploration and reflection about this critical time in our nation's past, with a wiser eye toward the future. More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall by visitors since its dedication in 1982.
Founded
1988
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Giant
Upholding the public's freedom of access to knowledge
Chartered in 1891, The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to provide all segments of Philadelphia's diverse population with a comprehensive collection of recorded knowledge, ideas, artistic expression and information in a variety of media, including current technology; to assure ease of access to these materials; and to provide programs to stimulate the awareness and use of these resources. In addition, The Free Library creates a welcoming and inspiring environment for learning and promotes individual enlightenment, community enrichment and economic vitality throughout the region.
Founded
1983
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Illuminating and protecting the legacy of the 37th President
Created in 1983, the Richard Nixon Foundation is an educational institution. Its mission is to illuminate and protect the legacy of the 37th President though its own programs as well as by supporting programs and exhibits at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. At the Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, special free admission days throughout the year encourage community involvement.
Founded
1985
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Respect. Honor. Remember.
The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has built the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which is visited by more than 200,000 people annually. In addition the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has successfully lobbied for a federal law requiring all American flags to be lowered to half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15th).
Founded
1993
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Small
Connecting you to America's story.
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country's heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy.As the National Archives' nonprofit partner, the Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America's records to people around the U.S. and the world.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Promoting the memory of the achievement of American independence
The Society of the Cincinnati is the nation's oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. Now a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, library, and museum at Anderson House in Washington, D.C.
Founded
1949
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Dedicated to patriotism, historic preservation, and education
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background - who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution - is eligible for membership.
Founded
1950
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Giant
Save the past, enrich the future.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.
Founded
1941
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Giant
Home for history
Founded in 1831, the mission of the Virginia Historical Society is to connect people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting the Commonwealth's history, we link past with present and inspire future generations. With education as our primary focus we offer public lectures, seminars, conferences and consulting services; publish teacher resource materials; conduct teacher training and recertification workshops both on- and off-site; arrange school and general group tours and activities; support scholarly research through an endowed fellowship program and minority internships; maintain a museum of changing, permanent, and traveling exhibitions, operate a research library, and a publications program that has functioned uninterrupted for more than 100 years.
Founded
1985
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Giant
Preserving and educating
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation operates Monticello, the home of the Nation's third president and author of the American Declaration of Independence as a living memorial to Thomas Jefferson's life, interests, and ideals. Founded in 1923, the Foundation supports its dual mission of preservation and education. Its facilities now include the house and gardens; the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, home to the Jefferson Library; a museum shop; and the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. The Monticello Visitors Center houses a permanent exhibition, a theater, a second museum shop, and the Foundation's Department of Education.
Founded
1931
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Giant
Enhancing the public understanding and appreciation of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis
The mission of The George Washington Foundation is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families. In 1922, an energetic and far-sighted group of people led by Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming, rallied the resources to purchase Kenmore, the Fredericksburg house completed in 1775 by George Washington's sister Betty and her husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis. Launching the campaign to save Kenmore, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge said, "It ought to be preserved for its own sake. It must be preserved for patriotic America."
Founded
1933
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Giant
Home of the Lees of Virginia & Birthplace of Robert E. Lee
Founded in 1929, the mission of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association is to restore and preserve Stratford Hall, the home of the Lees of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee for the benefit of the general public and historical study. Stratford Hall's educational programs offer many opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of a variety of topics, including the Lee family, the Civil War, cultural landscapes, and slavery. Each year, faculty members at local universities help Stratford Hall's educational staff plan and run these residential symposia.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Preserving and managing George Washington's estate and educating the world about the life of George Washington.
The Mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspirefuture generations.
Founded
1941
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Giant
Perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage
Preservation Virginia, a private statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. Preservation Virginia provides leadership, experience, influence, and services to the public and special audiences by saving, managing, and protecting historic places, and developing preservation policy, programs, and strategies with individuals, organizations, and local, state, and national partners. When Preservation Virginia was founded in 1889, a branch structure was established that gave the organization a broader base of membership. Today, the Branches act as advocates for preservation in their cities, counties or regions.
Founded
1984
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Large
Preserving and restoring Thomas Jefferson's retreat
The Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest was formed in December 1983 by a group of individuals to lead the rescue of Jefferson's endangered retreat for the cultural and educational benefit of the public - now and for future generations. In January 1984 the Corporation succeeded in taking title to a 50-acre parcel of land which was all that remained with the original buildings at the heart of Jefferson's original plantation. The ongoing land rescue, archaeological exploration, and restoration is made possible entirely through donations to The Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Our mission is to preserve and restore Thomas Jefferson's retreat so that it can serve the public as an innovative educational catalyst inspiring insight into the past, present, and future.
Founded
1988
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Giant
Saving America's Civil War Battlefields
Since 1987, the Civil War Trust has been America's largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust's 49,000 members and 200,000+ Facebook fans have helped save over 42,600 acres of hallowed ground in 23 states. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to teach the public of the war's history and the conflicts that sparked it. Public education programs offered by the Trust include: Free GPS-enabled iPhone & Android Battle Apps, its quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine, annual Teacher Institutes, Civil War Discovery Trail, battlefield interpretation & Park Day. The Trust's educational website includes animated battle maps, videos, historic maps and photos, quizzes, lesson plans for teachers. Recent efforts have saved key land at Chancellorsville in Va., Shiloh and Franklin in Tenn. & Gettysburg in Pa. Saved battlefields also provide economic benefits including jobs to local communities.
Founded
2000
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Giant
Telling the whole story of the conflict that still shapes our nation.
The mission of the American Civil War Center is to tell the whole story of the conflict that still shapes our nation. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is located on 8 acres on the historic James River in downtown Richmond. A National Historic Landmark, the Tredegar site contains five surviving buildings illustrating the Iron Works era. The National Park Service operates the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center located in the restored Pattern Building.
Founded
1959
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Giant
One hundred acres of history, habitats and horticulture
The story of Maymont began in 1893, when a wealthy Richmond couple, James and Sallie Dooley, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. Upon their deaths and according to their wishes, Maymont - including its architectural complex, the 100-acre landscape, and a collection of exquisite furnishings - was left to the people of Richmond. In 1975, the Maymont Foundation assumed the role of manager, promoter and developer of Maymont under terms of an agreement and contract with the property owner, the City of Richmond. The Maymont Foundation seeks to preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.
Founded
1956
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Giant
Preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports
The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. Founded in 1954, the NSLM is located in Middleburg, the heart of Virginia's beautiful hunt country. The inviting campus, world-class research Library, and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the institution's general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year.
Founded
1941
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Large
Collecting, preserving, and publishing the state's history
In 1855 some of South Carolina's most distinguished citizens came together to record and preserve the past - for the sake of the future. Motivating them was the fear that if they did not act, South Carolina's rich historical legacy would be lost to future generations. They founded the South Carolina Historical Society, which today is the state's oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina history. The mandate of our founders remains our mission today: to collect information respecting every portion of our state, to preserve it, and when deemed advisable, to publish it. The Society's holdings are vast and grow constantly with the addition of materials from 200 years ago and from two weeks ago.
Founded
1963
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Small
Stewards of Columbia's past, present and future
Founded in 1983, Historic Columbia is dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage. Historic Columbia's properties includes historic house museums (the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site, Modejska Monteith Simkins House, Seibels House and Garden, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home) and more than 14 acres of landscaping featuring gardens that range from an expansive park-like setting with a formal garden to a traditional 19th-century swept yard.
Founded
1944
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Giant
Connecting people, history, and culture
Formed in 1926 as the Atlanta Historical Society, the Atlanta History Center strives to connect people, history, and culture through one of the country's premier History Centers. The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus. Throughout the year, we bring history to life through living history programs, lectures with award-winning authors, toddler programs, homeschool days, school tours, summer camps, music series, annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl, and much more.
Founded
1951
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Large
Collecting, examining, teaching Georgia history
Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the state's oldest cultural organization and first and only statewide historical society. GHS is an educational and research institution created to preserve and interpret Georgia history and the state's role in American history through a variety of educational programs, publications, and research services. Headquartered in Savannah with an office in Atlanta, GHS has 6,000 individual members and nearly 200 affiliate chapters.
Founded
1992
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Small
Preserving, maintaining and documenting the proud heritage and rich history of the CEC and the Seabees
Founded in September, 1991, the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation's purpose is to ensure the proud heritage and rich history of the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps and the Navy's military construction force, the Seabees, are properly documented, preserved and maintained. Public awareness of the contributions and accomplishments of the Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps is a primary goal. The Foundation is the private support arm of the CEC/Seabee Museum, providing funds for the improvement, expansion, and upgrade of the Museum. The development, restoration, and construction of major exhibits, displays, and artifacts are also funded.
Founded
1942
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Giant
To collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.
The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. The Filson was founded on May 15, 1884, by ten Louisvillians with a common love of history. The primary founder and first president was Reuben T. Durrett. The Filson's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.
Founded
1980
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Large
Library Champions.
The Louisville Free Public Library Foundation was founded for the purpose of benefiting, promoting, supporting, and enhancing the programs and services of the Louisville Free Public Library, whose mission is to provide the people of Metro Louisville with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information and to support them in their pursuit of learning. Through its support of the public library, the Library Foundation serves the entire Metro Louisville area.
Founded
1997
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Investing in the cultural and educational life of every Nashville citizen
Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) raises private funds to enhance the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library. Private support through the Foundation funds exceptional programming and extraordinary spaces. For example, the Limitless Libraries partnership redefines the role of the public library by giving students in all Metro Nashville Public Schools access to more than 2 million books and other materials delivered right to their school library.
Founded
1964
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Small
Preserving the history and culture of the Cherokee people
The Cherokee National Historical Society was formed in 1963 by a group of visionary Cherokee citizens who shared a desire to establish a permanent culture keeping institution for the Cherokee people. To accomplish their goals, they established the Cherokee Heritage Center. The mission of the Center is to promote, preserve and teach the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center's Education Department helps further the mission by presenting programs that incorporate the Cherokee culture through hosting a variety of hands-on cultural classes, special living classroom events, Cherokee games and offering a college level studies program for adult students.
Founded
1957
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Preserving the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island
Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and reincorporated in 1954 as a non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last 60 years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.
Founded
1942
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Medium
The Authority on Texas History Since 1897
Founded in 1897, the Texas State Historical Association works to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas. The association's publications include the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, more than 150 scholarly books, the Texas Almanac, and the well-known Handbook of Texas Online.
Founded
1988
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Medium
Advancing heritage, culture, and education
Founded in 1976, Humanities Texas advances heritage, culture, and education. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we conduct and support public programs in history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines. These programs strengthen Texas communities by cultivating the knowledge and judgment that representative democracy demands of its citizens.
Founded
1991
Size
Giant
Supporting the activities of the George Bush Presidential Library
The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation (GBPLF) was established in 1991 as an educational foundation to design, build, and support the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. In addition to sponsoring its own programs and activities, the Foundation provides program and financial support to the Library, as well as the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. The Foundation sponsors a number of programs including a yearly domestic and foreign policy conference, the White House Lecture and Exhibit Series, and various other lecture and program series. Through its activities, the Foundation is helping make the George Bush Presidential Library Center a leading center in cultural, policy, and academic discussions.
Founded
1985
Size
Giant
Established by Ronald Reagan and protecting his legacy since 1989
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. The Foundation sustains The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Air Force One Pavilion. Located in Simi Valley, California, the Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 40,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library campus also serves as the final resting place of America's 40th President.
Founded
1973
Size
Giant
Discover the past, share the adventure
Founded in 1983, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and helping to preserve the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo people (also called the Anasazi) of the American Southwest. We conduct long-term archaeological research into the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest, with a focus on the Mesa Verde region in southwestern Colorado. We also teach the public about archaeology, history, and culture through a variety of hands-on experiences.
Founded
1964
Size
Large
Providing advocacy and raising funds for the Denver Public Library
The mission of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is to assist and support the Denver Public Library in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives, and to enhance the services of the Library that are funded by the City's budget through advocacy, activities and programs, fund raising, and the management of private monies raised by or donated to the Library or to the Friends Foundation. Working within our stated mission, the Friends have a long history of supporting the Library, stretching back to 1940. Our spirit of volunteerism and giving reaches across generations and touches the hearts of innumerable individuals throughout the Denver area and beyond.
Founded
1964
Size
Small
Enriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history
The Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history. The Aspen Historical Society actively preserves and passionately presents our local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor our community and its evolving character. We enhance the lives of those with whom we work and live. We offer a compelling reason to live in and to visit Aspen/Snowmass.
Founded
1991
Size
Medium
Exploring and protecting the places of our past
Founded in 1989, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.
Founded
1999
Size
Medium
The heart of the Celtic community
The mission of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland and other Celtic cultures. Programs, classes, festivals, exhibits and special events include history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, language, travel, sports and traditional activities. The goal of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide the public with the highest quality educational and cultural programming. The Center is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated through public private partnership with the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation.
Founded
2000
Size
Large
Promoting charitable and educational purpose.
The mission of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is to preserve and protect Thunderbird Lodge and its artifacts and museum collections as a historic site of national significance. We promote public appreciation and education regarding the historical, maritime, architectural, and cultural resources of Thunderbird Lodge and the Lake Tahoe region through public tours, conferences, and forums. We also support and participate in programs committed to the scientific study, conservation, and preservation of the fragile Lake Tahoe area environment.
Founded
1981
Size
Giant
Supporting the Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library Foundation was established in 1980 by a group of far-sighted citizens who understood that a great Library wouldn't be possible through public funding alone. The Foundation has continued its original vision of generating private-sector support to supplement tax-based funding. The result has been improved collections, expanded programs, and enhanced services. The Foundation's fund-raising efforts focus on three key areas: collections, programs, and facilities. With funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Library can offer a wide range of innovative programs and resources.
Founded
1951
Size
Giant
Preserving and interpreting Oregon's past
Founded in 1898, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) works to preserve and interpret Oregon's past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways. The OHS artifacts collection is comprised of over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and manuscripts. The OHS Research Library contains one of the country's most extensive collections of state history materials, including ancient objects from the earliest settlements and objects that illustrate exploration in the Oregon Country, the growth of business and industry, the development of artwork and crafts, maritime history, and many other topics. OHS Education Programs include internet resources to supplement classroom curriculum and docent-led tours for school groups,
Founded
1996
Size
Large
Enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach
The Library Foundation enhances Multnomah County Library's innovation and reach, helping the library address emerging community needs through private support. Since 1995, gifts to the foundation have helped the library reach tens of thousands of children at risk of low literacy, breathe new life into aging buildings and buy books that capture hearts and minds. Last year's accomplishments show just how much a small nonprofit can accomplish in partnership with a strong public library. Supporters helped the library strengthen/expand 12 programs, reach more than 200,000 people and make more than 150,000 books and materials available to children and adults. The foundation and the library work together, in a strong partnership, to determine where private funds can have the greatest impact, particularly for children and families at risk.
Founded
1952
Size
Medium
Stimulating public exploration of the past
California's Historical Society's mission is to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. CHS stimulates public exploration of the past through exhibitions and public programs statewide, fosters scholarship through research collections and publications, and promotes history education in California. CHS shares its collections through an exhibition gallery in the heart of the Yerba Buena district.
Founded
1997
Size
Tiny
We love our libraries
Berkeley has always put public libraries at the center of city life. Founded in 1997, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation (BPLF) raises funds to support and enhance the facilities, programs and services of the Berkeley Public Library.
Founded
1963
Size
Large
Advocating, fundraising, and providing critical support for the San Francisco Public Library
Formally established in 1999 and originally called Friends and Foundation, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is the union of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Library Foundation of San Francisco. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library and related literary and educational programs. Our mission is to create, steward, and support a superior, free public library system in San Francisco. We are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our libraries by funding programs and services beyond what is allocated in the City's budget. We believe in free and equal access to information for all.
Founded
1938
Size
Giant
Encouraging research and promoting education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences
The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. Building on Henry E. Huntington's legacy of renowned collections and botanical gardens that enrich the visitor, The Huntington today encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, through the development and support of a community of scholars, and through the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public.
Founded
1952
Size
Medium
Helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego
San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by San Diego businessman and philanthropist George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Today, the San Diego History Center seeks to tell the diverse story of our region - past, present and future - educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride. SDHC's core programs and services include: exhibitions; educational programs; the operation of a research library; and scholarly publications.
Founded
1978
Size
Medium
Preserving and revitalizing greater Los Angeles' architectural heritage
The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles. Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of 7,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. With a two-fold mission of advocacy and education, the Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications and programs.
Founded
1979
Size
Giant
Preserving the past . . .for the future
The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Every day, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States are lost forever--along with the precious information they contain. Modern-day looters use backhoes and bulldozers to recover artifacts for the international market. Urban development and agricultural methods such as land leveling and topsoil mining destroy ancient sites. The Conservancy protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.
Founded
1992
Size
Giant
Providing support for the Los Angeles Public Library
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles supports and enriches the capabilities, resources and services of the Los Angeles Public Library. The Library Foundation was founded in 1992 to raise private sector support to benefit the entire Library system. We accomplish our mission through fundraising, advocacy, and innovative programs that benefit our diverse community and promote greater awareness of the Library's valuable resources. Our support complements, but does not supplant, the City's responsibility for funding the Los Angeles Public Library's operations. To date, the foundation has raised more than $75 million to help support the Central Library and its 71 neighborhood branches.
Founded
1996
Size
Large
Thriving prosperity
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association's mission is to promote, perpetuate and preserve Okinawan culture. The organization is made up of 50 member clubs, whose combined member total exceeds 40,000 members. It is governed by a Board of Directors representing each HUOA Member Club, and an elected Executive Council. HUOA employs an Executive Director and a staff of three full-time and two part-time employees. We are truly fortunate to have an extraordinary team of volunteers who become active and represent their Clubs, become officers of HUOA, run various cultural and community events, provide support staff in the office, work as landscapers, maintenance workers, painters, janitors, and the list goes on. What we are known for and our biggest of event the year is the Okinawan Festival, traditionally held on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.