Annual Appeal

Support the Milton Historical Society & Museum!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In a recent edition of History News, Thompson Mayes published an article titled “Why Old Places Matter.”  He wrote: “While important for the disciplines of history and architecture, [old places] are meaningful to the greatest number of people because of the sense of continuity, memory and identity they provide.”  I share the findings of Mayes here because of their relevance to our own beloved Milton Historical Society (MHS). 

The MHS is an important part of the Milton community.  We are a space for people to reminisce, to learn, and to share.  We provide an opportunity for locals to be in touch with their heritage and for visitors to learn about the vibrant industries and people that created the Milton of today. Beyond feelings, we are located in a building that has been a cornerstone of Union Street since the 1860s and a spirit of community and ancestry lingers here.  There is always something to learn, to discover, and to enjoy at the MHS. True to its founding mission, the Society remains committed to the common good of our town and the careful stewardship of her history. A visitor to the museum remarked: “MHS is a beautiful museum in the heart of Milton, DE. There is so much to learn for all ages. But don't take my word for it...stop by yourself! You won't be disappointed!”

Each year at this time, we ask for your commitment of support. Please consider the many ways in which MHS facilitates community identity, and consider making your own generous contribution to our end-of-the-year Annual Appeal Fund, which has:

  • Enabled the Society to continue our policy of “donations only” admission to the museum, which is staffed by well-trained, courteous and knowledgeable docents;
  • Made possible the Society’s active participation in the life of the community and its partnership with other organizations, including: the Holly Festival, Milton Tour of Homes, and Zombie Walk 2016;
  • Sustained our FREE educational outreach, bringing the history of Milton to all ages, from area children to adults, through lectures and programs; this includes all 100 second grade children in Milton Elementary and H.O. Brittingham schools and more than 2,500 visitors through the help of 70 volunteers who have given more than 1,000 hours of their time;
  • Encouraged our efforts to mount new exhibitions including “Prohibition” and the upcoming “Frozen”;
  • Supported the Society’s efforts to preserve and conserve valuable artifacts, photos and print documents for the benefit of this and future generations.

To understand the impact of your gift:

  • $50 provides a fieldtrip experience to one second grade class
  • $100  makes available two lectures from the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau
  • $500 allows us to bring in a traveling exhibit, which meets our mission of dynamic programming

All gifts are appreciated.  YOU make all this possible! Please help us continue to share the story of Milton!


Kimberly Fabbri, Director


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