Goshen Township Historical Society
Our current wish list includes:
- 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.
Please Understand That We Can’t Accept Everything
The museum’s collections deserve the best care we can provide, but our resources are limited. We must 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 for the collection 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.
Furthermore, not everything we do accept will necessarily 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. All of these uses help promote our mission of preservation and education. Finally, all artifact donations must be approved by the GTHS Curator or Collections Committee.
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
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 policy on donations, 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. 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.