Goshen Township Historical Society
Our current wish list includes:
- John Glancy paintings or memorbilia
- 19th century medical equipment
Tell Us About It Before You Bring It In To Us
We cannot accept unsolicited donations dropped off at our museum. To help us better assess your proposed donation and how it can contribute to our mission, we ask you to complete a form describing the item in detail, how you acquired it, and a brief account of its historical significance. (Photographs of the object(s) are also appreciated). Please wait until you hear from us before you bring the item to the museum. The more accurate information you can give us about an item you wish to donate, the better we’ll be able to understand its significance and interpret it for the education of the public.
Loans for temporary exhibits
We graciously accept loans of objects for temporary exhibit at the museum. Our curator will work with you to determine an appropriate time period for the item to be displayed. Your item will be photographed and documented for our archives, and the item will be returned to you at the end of the exhibit period.
What doesn’t the Society collect?
In most cases, we do not collect:
- Antiques that do not have a prevenance to the Goshen Township area or a Goshen area resident
Now accepting antiques, collectibles and memorabila with a Goshen connection
The museum’s collection deserves the best care we can provide, but our resources are limited. We must be selective in order to preserve the focus of our museum and to ensure proper care of objects. Therefore, we will be most likely to accept your donation if:
- It has a clear connection to the museum’s mission to preserve Goshen area history
- It doesn’t duplicate objects already in the collection
- It is sufficiently well documented that we can interpret it usefully for the public.
Please undertand that not everything we do accept will be on permanent exhibit. Our collections include items used for research and public education programs, as well as rotating exhibits in our museum and other sites. For preservation purposes, some items can only be displayed for brief periods, then returned to our archives. However used or displayed, our collection helps promote our mission of preservation and education. Finally, all artifact donations must be approved by the GTHS Curator or Collections Committee.
Have It Appraised If You Want A Tax Deduction
Your artifact donation may be tax-deductible. However, to ensure the appropriate value of your deduction, the piece must be properly appraised. We cannot appraise proposed donations for you. We are not qualified appraisers, and even if we were, it would be a conflict of interest for us (as a possible recipient) to appraise your potential donation. You can obtain references to qualified appraisers through the International Society of Appraisers (www.isa-appraisers.org).
We greatly appreciate your interest in our museum and your desire to help build our collections.
Please read donation information below. To read our full donation policy, please click here.
The Goshen Township Historical Society reserves the right to dispose of any materials it owns that are deemed by the Curator to be no longer appropriate and/or out-of-scope with the collection. Although de-assessioning is rare, the ultimate disposition may take the form of sale, exchange or discard, subject to the judgment of the Curator, acting with the approval of the Board of Trustees.