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We Have an Opportunity to Own Our Museum – We Need Your Help Now.
The Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Historical Society has come a long way since its first meeting in 2009. After just two years we rented the 1938 Fire Hall and opened our history museum. In our fourth year we were able to make a down payment on a land contract to purchase the building. In that time we have received over 900 items for our collection of Island memorabilia, and visitors have enjoyed the Museum every Saturday and Sunday each summer. The Society’s popular lecture series has brought many regionally recognized speakers to the island. We have conducted three Tashmoo Day events to bring to life the history of our island.
Today the status of the purchase of the building is as follows:
- 55% of the cost is already paid
- 30% is being held in our savings accounts
- 15% additional is needed to own our building
Recently the sellers offered a substantial discount to the remaining balance if we pay off the land contract in the first few months of 2016. Additionally, the sooner we pay off the balance, the less interest we will pay in the long run. The Board of Directors would like to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the total cost and place the building completely under our control. If in the next few months we can raise the remaining $20,000 needed to complete the purchase it will assure our financial security and sustainability going forward. The discount offered combined with the elimination of future interest makes each dollar donated at this time worth about $1.30.
We hope to make a database of our memorabilia available at the Museum and online. A secondary benefit to paying off the building is that more volunteer time can be focused on the collection.
To help us meet our goal, please consider making a generous donation before the end of the year. If in the past you considered a donation to the building fund, purchasing a Building Brick or upgrading to a lifetime membership, this is the time. We need your help now.
Please fill out the enclosed donation form and return it with your tax deductible donation. The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Feel free to call me at 248-388-0465 or any other member of our Board of Directors if you have any questions.
Thank you and we hope on Memorial Day Weekend to all be celebrating the completion of our Museum purchase.
Robert Williams and the Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Historical Society Board of Directors
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“OWN OUR MUSEUM” DONATION FORM
There are many ways you can support the "Own Our Museum"
Campaign. Below are some suggestions.
( ) $25,000 or more – Diamond Building Sponsor with optional permanent recognition in the Museum and Lifetime Family Membership
( ) $10,000 to $24,999 – Platinum Building Sponsor with optional permanent recognition in the Museum and Lifetime Family Membership
( ) $5,000 to $9,999 – Gold Building Sponsor with optional permanent recognition in the Museum and Lifetime Family Membership
( ) $1,500 to $4,999 – Silver Building Sponsor with optional permanent recognition in the Museum and Lifetime Family Membership
( ) $1,000 to $1,499 - Bronze Building Sponsor with optional permanent recognition in the Museum
( ) $ 500 - New Lifetime Family Membership for yourself or a friend
( ) $ 350 - Recognition on a Buy-A-Brick plaque or plaques in the museum
Number of Bricks at $350 each - ______
( ) $ 300 - New Lifetime Individual Membership for yourself or a friend
( ) $ 100 - Become a Building Supporter
( ) $ 30 - New Family membership for yourself or a friend
( ) $ 20 - New Individual membership for yourself or a friend
( ) $ - other donation amount
Please send name, address, phone number, and email address with your donation toHarsens Island St. Clair Flats Historical Society, P.O. Box 44, Harsens Island, MI 48028. We can accept credit and debit cards.
You will be contacted personally to determine the exact wording for any recognition plaque.
FOR A DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF A DONATION FORM CLICK HERE.
The Society cordially invites you to visit our
Harsens Island / St.
Historical Society Museum
located in the Old Firehall,
3058 South Channel Drive, Sans Souci, Harsens Island, Michigan
THE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.
IT WILL REOPEN IN MAY 2016.
CLICK HERE FOR MUSEUM HOURS
Membership catagories are described
on the membership application.
For a copy of our membership application click here.
A note to members and friends of the society:
If you shop at Amazon will you please sign up for 'Smile' !
Just put into the search area on Amazon, "amazon smile" and it will take you to the sign up page.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to a charity and if you choose Harsens Island St. Claire Flats Historical Society it would be greatly appreciated.
We are getting ever closer to paying off our mortgage and this will truly help.
Or you can go directly to this sight by pasting this address into the URL http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4665162.
Thanks for your help!!!
For a link to Algonac / Clay
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For links to other Harsens Island websites click here.
HISCFHS can be contacted by
sending a message to Email@hiscfhs.org
or by writing to P.O. Box 44, Harsens Island, MI 48028.
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