The success of the Washington Historical Society and especially the museum is the direct result of the generosity of society members, community members, citizens, and friends across the state and country.
Overall operating costs for the museum cover the cost of a full-time, paid director, building maintenance building, display costs, newsletters and miscellaneous expenses. The Board of Trustees carefully reviews expenditures to hold costs to a minimum.
No revenues come from the tax dollars of the city. We have been able to acquire grant dollars for a specific project from private companies and state or federal funds on several occasions.
On a recurring basis, we receive revenue from annual membership dues and supplement those with two annual major fundraising events–the January Dinner and Golf Tournament. The Board of Trustees has implemented other fund-raising projects which contribute small, but welcome, amounts of revenue.
Revenue from dues and various fundraisers provides 60 to 70 percent of our annual needs. Without generous help from our members and friends, our museum doors cannot remain open.
How much is it worth to preserve the history of the community? How can current and future generations become aware of the past if not through a concerted effort to save and preserve items for the future?
Your donations are greatly appreciated.