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Financial Contributions

 

The Stephenson County Historical Society Museum is partially supported by the Freeport Park District. However,  many functions of the museum do not receive regular funding and rely completely on memberships, donations, and grants.  Your support is always greatly appreciated!  The Historical Society is responsible for funding things such as collections care and development, exhibitions, educational programming, and events, as well as day-to-day museum operations.

 

The SCHS is a 501 (c) (3) organization and your donation is tax-deductible.

 

 

Donation of Museum Artifacts

 

The SCHS is also actively collecting artifacts that relate to the history of Stephenson County.  We are currently accepting high quality artifacts that are in original, excellent condition.  

 

Examples of items the museum is accepting include:

  • Unique items related to Freeport/Stephenson County industries, especially Arcade, Henney, Structo, Stover, and Rawleigh

  • Dirksen Silver pieces

  • Letters, journals, and documents written by or to Stephenson County residents

  • Orginal records of Stephenson County businesses, schools, churches, social organizations, etc.

  • Photographs identified as Stephenson County people or places

  • 19th century textiles in excellent condition, including quilts, clothing, and uniforms (especially Civil War era) that have provenance to Stephenson County

  • Objects that are original to the Taylor House and/or belonged to the Taylor Family

  • Early advertising items from Stephenson County businesses

  • Items related to the Lincoln-Douglas debate 

 

Items that the society cannot accept include:

  • Damaged,  broken, or severely soiled items (unless they are extremely significant)

  • General antiques or "old stuff"

  • Books, magazines, and newspapers not related to Stephenson County

 

Stephenson County Historical Society Museum and Arboretum

1440 South Carroll Avenue, Freeport, Illinois 61032 

Phone 815.232.8419  Fax 815.297.0313  email director@stephcohs.org