Your donations keep history alive!

Financial gifts to the Bethel Historical Society support its collections, programs, and general operations. Founded in 1966, the Society collects, preserves, displays and interprets historically significant artifacts and documents relating to western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire for the benefit of residents, visitors, students, scholars, and its members. Through exhibits, programs, events, and publications, we strive to make the area’s history meaningful, accessible, and enjoyable.

For information about becoming a member of the Bethel Historical Society, please visit our Membership page.

Giving Opportunities

Annual Fund

Members and friends of the Bethel Historical Society can make tax deductible contributions to the Society’s Annual Fund Campaign. Such gifts provide about 30% of our yearly income, enabling the Society to maintain the daily operations necessary to carry out high quality programs, exhibits and publications. All Annual Fund donations are listed in our yearly “Report of Giving” under the following categories: $1-249; $250-$499; $500-$999; $1000 and above (Dr. Moses Mason Society level).

Annual Fund gifts in any amount may be made throughout the year to the Society at P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217. Acknowledgments for Annual Fund gifts will be promptly mailed to donors and listed in the Society’s “Report of Giving.” You also may pay online by credit card by clicking the “Donate” button below.btn_donateCC_LG

Stocks, Bonds, or Tangible Property

The donation of stocks, bonds, or securities is an important and useful way of supporting the Bethel Historical Society. If you are interested in making a donation of this type, please contact your broker and ask them to arrange the transaction. Donations of real estate or other personal property are also welcome. If you are interested in making a gift of tangible property, please call 207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910 to speak to Randall H. Bennett, the Society’s Executive Director. The Bethel Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization, and gifts such as those described above are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Charitable Gift Annuities, Bequests, and Trusts

The Society is pleased to offer charitable gift annuities. Under this gift arrangement, the Society will accept gifts of cash or investment securities in exchange for guaranteed lifetime income payments to the donor. These gifts provide an attractive lifetime income payment for the donor, as well as an immediate charitable income tax deduction. The Society will benefit by adding the remaining value of the gift to its endowment fund. Donors also may make charitable gifts to the Bethel Historical Society in the form of a bequest in a will, the establishment of a trust, or other similar financial arrangements. Such gifts can be structured to support the Society’s mission while, at the same time, assuring the security of the donor or the donor’s family. For more information, please contact Randall H. Bennett, the Society’s Executive Director, by calling 207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910, by writing to us at P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217.

Historic Items

If you are interested in donating items to the Bethel Historical Society’s museum or library/archival collections, please call the Society at 207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910 to discuss this donation and its possible relevance to the Society’s existing collection. To avoid any potential conflict of interest, and to comply with tax regulations, the Society cannot appraise donated items with a dollar value. Donors seeking such an appraisal should consult an independent source. The value of such gifts made to the Bethel Historical Society is deductible for federal income tax purposes within the limits of the Internal Revenue Code.