Annual Endowment Appeal

2020 Endowment Letter
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Dear Harpersfield Historical Society Members & Friends,
 
If 2020 were a normal year, Harpersfield Historical Society would have opened with new programs along with a grand opening for the new barn.  With the pandemic it was determined that for the safety of our volunteers and members, it was in our best interest to remain closed; thus, delaying the exciting plans we had for this year.
 
Last year’s endowment drive was exceptional, due to the kindness of all who donated.  We  are hoping this year’s drive will be as fruitful.
 
We have continued to be busy answering questions and helping those out of the area with their need for research information.  We have also decided to continue acquiring our permanent charter.  We have been operating on a temporary charter since 2003, renewing it every five years. All paperwork has been submitted to the State Education Department and we are now awaiting a date for a site visit.  Another task we have been working towards is setting up an irrevocable trust for our endowment funds to meet the requirements of granting foundations and the IRS.  Finally, members have been busy getting the barn ready for the planned displays.
 
We have come to a point with our growth where we are in dire need of legal and financial advice, we are looking for that person willing and available to help.  One area we need to improve is having people acting as greeters, meeting the public when we are open.  Anyone interested and has the time please contact the Historical Society.  We are also looking at trying to make arrangements for historical markers, to be placed in designated areas in Harpersfield.  This will be made possible by a grant from the Pomeroy Foundation.  It would also be helpful if there were someone to put articles taken from the newspapers we have in our archives, starting a hundred years ago, and putting them into our local newspapers periodically.  We are still growing with great visions for the area, so please contact us and come and assist.  Your Harpersfield Historical Society has a wealth of information thanks to the kindness of people trying to keep the local history alive for many generations ahead.
 
Please remain well and safe.
 
Thank you,
Thomas Kendall, President
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