Annual Giving 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

As we come to the close of a year like no other in any of our collective memory, we felt it was important to acknowledge and thank you for the support you have shown to the Society during this time of closure.

Despite the fact that we have been unable to open our doors in actuality, via the power of the internet, we have remained open virtually and our members and friends have embraced our online events, programs, and fundraisers wholeheartedly for which we are very grateful.

Our staff and department heads continue to perform their regular work but have also taken on the many tasks normally performed by our volunteers. Our e-mail in-boxes are full on a daily basis, the telephone is constantly ringing, and the mail slot hinges are getting a good workout as queries, and donations of items to our collections continue to arrive. If there is a bright spot in all of this it is the imminent renovations to our headquarters building taking place during this time of closure which will be well underway by the time this letter reaches you.

We are beginning restoration of the original twenty-six windows, have made repairs to the cupola, and will commence work to restore long hidden architectural features of the lobby in preparation for conversion of the space to a state- of- the- art museum and display area.

Lockdown has however, curtailed our fundraising efforts, forcing cancellation of our Wine & Jazz event, in person yard sale, lectures and other income producing events. As such, we ask that you consider making a tax- deductible contribution to the 2020 Annual Giving Campaign.

Thank you for your support and stay well.

Sincerely,

William Walden
President