Bringing it Home: The 2011 Annual Fund

This week marks the final push to bring the MHS Annual Fund home. Can we count on you to help us meet our goal by Friday, September 30th?

In 1953, Margaret Chase Smith supported the Jimmy Fund through a donation to her Skowhegan neighbor Colin Quinn.

Mainers, including former Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith, have a long tradition of supporting community needs and causes near to their hearts.

In 1948, the Jimmy Fund was created following a visit by members of the Boston Braves baseball team to a young Maine cancer patient named Einar Gustafson. The Jimmy Fund is now closely identified with the Boston Red Sox. (Come on, Red Sox, hold on!) In the case of the Jimmy Fund, contributing included financial donations, volunteering, and helping raise awareness.

Those are the dynamics that help MHS thrive, too. This week our focus is on the financial piece. The Annual Fund provides essential support for all MHS activities.

Please consider making a gift online to the MHS Annual Fund.

Maine Historical Society depends on the generosity of its members and friends to help support the important work of collecting, preserving and sharing Maine’s cultural heritage. By supporting the Annual Fund, you’ll be helping to preserve Maine history and sustain the team of librarians, museum curators, and educators who are dedicated to bringing Maine history to life, making it meaningful, relevant, and accessible.

The Maine Historical Society is a private, not for profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible. For more information, please contact the Development Office at (207) 774-1822, ext. 231 or email

Additional stories from our THIS WEEK AT MHS e-newsletter can be viewed here.

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