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House of Seven Gables Settlement Association

 115 Derby Street
 Salem, MA 01970
[P] (978) 7440991 x 126
[F] (978) 7455391
http://www.7gables.org/educational_settlement.shtml
kbarter@7gables.org
KAREN BARTER
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INCORPORATED: 1910
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EIN 04-2104324

LAST UPDATED: 09/22/2015
Organization DBA The House of the Seven Gables; The Gables
Former Names Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (1907)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Originally built by sea captain and merchant John Turner in 1668, The House of the Seven Gables is one of the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansions in America, and one of  New England's most important historic sites. Today, The House of Seven Gables' campus constitutes its own National Historic Landmark District on The National Register of Historic Places, and includes the seaside Colonial Revival Gardens.  The Gables received designation as a National Historic Landmark District in 2007.

The House of the Seven Gables is also a long-standing community service provider. In 1910, local preservationist and philanthropist Caroline Emmerton purchased the mansion to preserve the house for future generations and support Salem’s immigrant population with educational and job skills training. Ms. Emmerton opened the historic home as a museum and used the admissions proceeds to fund what was then called “Settlement Work”. This dual mission of preservation and education still exists today and makes The Gables unique among American cultural institutions.  

 

Mission Statement

Originally built by sea captain and merchant John Turner in 1668, The House of the Seven Gables is one of the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansions in America, and one of  New England's most important historic sites. Today, The House of Seven Gables' campus constitutes its own National Historic Landmark District on The National Register of Historic Places, and includes the seaside Colonial Revival Gardens.  The Gables received designation as a National Historic Landmark District in 2007.

The House of the Seven Gables is also a long-standing community service provider. In 1910, local preservationist and philanthropist Caroline Emmerton purchased the mansion to preserve the house for future generations and support Salem’s immigrant population with educational and job skills training. Ms. Emmerton opened the historic home as a museum and used the admissions proceeds to fund what was then called “Settlement Work”. This dual mission of preservation and education still exists today and makes The Gables unique among American cultural institutions.  

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $1,862,420.00
Projected Expense $1,817,139.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Education & Settlement Work
  • Museum Tours

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Originally built by sea captain and merchant John Turner in 1668, The House of the Seven Gables is one of the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansions in America, and one of  New England's most important historic sites. Today, The House of Seven Gables' campus constitutes its own National Historic Landmark District on The National Register of Historic Places, and includes the seaside Colonial Revival Gardens.  The Gables received designation as a National Historic Landmark District in 2007.

The House of the Seven Gables is also a long-standing community service provider. In 1910, local preservationist and philanthropist Caroline Emmerton purchased the mansion to preserve the house for future generations and support Salem’s immigrant population with educational and job skills training. Ms. Emmerton opened the historic home as a museum and used the admissions proceeds to fund what was then called “Settlement Work”. This dual mission of preservation and education still exists today and makes The Gables unique among American cultural institutions.  

 


Background Statement

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association (The Gables) is best known for its flagship property, The House of the Seven Gables, a literary and historical house museum made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel of the same name. But The Gables is much more than a museum. We were founded specifically to fund educational and enrichment programs and services for immigrant families. For more than a century, we have provided such programs and services to undeserved children of immigrant families making us unique among American cultural institutions. The House of the Seven Gables is the engine that drives our mission “to create valued educational opportunities for our communities by interpreting, strengthening and preserving our unique historic legacies and site”.

The House of the Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, was built in 1668 by Salem sea captain and merchant John Turner. It is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden framed mansion in New England. The family of John Turner lived in the house for three generations and then sold it in 1782 to Sea Captain Samuel Ingersoll. Captain Ingersoll left the property to his daughter Susanna. Ms. Ingersoll was Nathaniel Hawthorne’s cousin. Hawthorne frequented the house under his cousin’s ownership, and it inspired him to write his famous novel.

In 1910 Caroline Emmerton purchased The House of the Seven Gables. A local preservationist and philanthropist, Ms. Emmerton had ambitious plans: preserve the house for future generations and support Salem’s immigrant population with educational and recreational activities. Ms. Emmerton opened the historic house as a museum and used proceeds from visitor tours to fund “Settlement Work.” Ms. Emmerton also used the mansion to house social workers or employees of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association . 

Over the following decades, several more historic homes were moved to the grounds. Today the 2 ½ acre waterfront campus includes 9 historic properties. The Gables is currently one of the best known historical sites in New England. In addition to tours, museum programs include a lecture series and historical reenactments. In 2007, The Gables received designation as a National Historic Landmark from the Secretary of the Interior for interpreting the heritage and history of the United States.

The Gables along with its Salem cultural partners the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Maritime National Historic site and numerous historic neighborhoods make Salem an ideal tourist destination for today's heritage tourist.


Impact Statement

2013 Accomplishments
1)  Provided over 90,000 visitors from the US and internationally with a culturally rich experience of early American history, seafaring families' life stories and Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary legacy.
2) Partnered with three to five community organization's to support Salem's immigrant population.  Programs included vocational training that provided teens with their first job; introduction to the world of music, dance and visual arts with performances at The Gables; English as a Second Language classes, and SAT prep classes held onsite.
3) Created a campus restoration plan, grouping essential preservation work into five-year phases. Priority work started in 2013 on The House of the Seven Gables and the Visitor Center. 
4) Secured a matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and raised $150,000  in matching funds for preservation work, and held a new annual fundraising gala at The Gables with over 300 attendees. 
 
2014 Goals
1)  Ensure preservation of our historic campus  and start preservation work on the Hooper Hathaway and Phippen houses.
2)  Develop a series of revolving exhibits designed to encourage multiple visits from local residents.
3) Work to further develop partnerships with community organizations to expand the growth of programs to support under underserved immigrant communities in Salem.
4) Expand educational programs for elementary and middle school children in Salem.
 
 

Needs Statement

Our priorities for 2014 are :
* Preservation and maintenance of The Gables campus and safety of our collection. Preserving and restoring the Hooper Hathaway, Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace and Phippen Houses are the highest priority for the preservation work. Phippen House (1782) is the first building visitors see when they approach the Gables campus. Hooper Hathaway House (1682) was originally used for educational and Settlement programs and its restoration will ensure we can return the building to its original use. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace (1750) was moved to our campus in 1950s and is an integral part of the visitor experience. The preservation and restoration costs associated with these three buildings alone exceed $350,000. The cost to preserve, restore and maintain all of the historic buildings on our National Historic Landmark campus limits the funds that are available to use for our social services/settlement work.
* Expanding settlement programs to support immigrant communities in Salem. Offering a new ESL classes for adults and Citizenship classes too.  The preservation work on the Hooper Hathaway property will ensure that funds  can be targeted toward educational programs again, create space for additional interpretation, open climate-controlled artifact storage space, and provide revenue-generating facility rental opportunities.
* Attracting multiple visits from local residents through an exciting series of revolving exhibits, a garden tour, and expanded  field trips from schools across Massachusetts. 

CEO Statement

For the past century, the House of the Seven Gables has provided residents of Salem and visitors from around the world with a well preserved, nationally recognized historic campus that educates visitors about early American architecture, maritime history, and interprets the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, while delivering community-based services to local families. 
The Gables recently updated Caroline Emmerton's visionary settlement model to better address the needs of today's immigrant population for the 21st century, establishing strategic partnerships with community organizations, including the Salem Public Schools, whose programs align with the spirit and intent of our mission. 
 
We are proud of our historic campus and our ability to fuel the growth of programs to support the underserved immigrant community in Salem.

Board Chair Statement

As board members of this unique American cultural institution, we are thoughtful, active stewards of  The Gables campus. We recognize the need to present the most attractive, compelling and engaging experiences to our visitors. 
 
Unfortunately the capacity to undertake the expense involved in repairing and maintaining the historic properties is costly.  To address these issues ,we created a campus restoration plan grouping the work into five-year phases and secured initial funds to start the project. 
 
Through the energy and leadership of this dedicated board, we also recently renewed Caroline Emmerton's unique vision, reinvigorating our commitment to the needs of contemporary Salem's immigrant community.  
 

Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
NATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL

Salem, MA is a destination for visitors around the world due largely to its rich colonial history including the Salem Witch Trials, maritime heritage, and literary connections.  The Gables along with its Salem cultural partners, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and numerous historic neighborhoods make Salem an ideal tourist destination for today's heritage tourist.  Over 90,000 people from around the world visit The Gables annually. 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - History Museums
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities -
  3. Education -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Education & Settlement Work

The Gables offers and supports changing programs based on community needs and interests.  Since 2011, these programs were accomplished either solely by The Gables, or through partnerships with like-minded, mission driven organizations that focus on improving literacy, self-esteem and job skills for immigrant and underserved children and youth.
Budget  $100,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
* Successful programs in the past year have included structured vocational training providing first jobs for at-risk teens; ESL support; SAT prep and college application orientation; and bilingual story hours. Over 400 young people benefited from our programs last year.
* Changing programs based on need. Since 2011, we have offered programs including: Summer School for English Language Learners; Salem Through Hawthornes Eyes; Express Yourself (Interactive music and dance), Bilingual Story Hour and the Award-winning Caribbean Connection.
* Expanded partnerships with local social services organizations including Salem Cyberspace ,The Plumber Home for Boys, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Family Self Sufficiency Center Inc. and Express Yourself, Inc.
Program Long-Term Success 
* Since 2011 we have increased the number and variety of programs to improve literacy, self-esteem and job skills for immigrant and underserved children and youth, partnering with like minded organizations. Over 1600 children have benefited from these programs in the past four years.
Program Success Monitored By 
* Program evaluation and feedback from participants and their families
* Growing Partnership initiatives. 
* The pride and sense of belonging realized by low income Latino families as they participate in our programs. 
Examples of Program Success 
* The Gables and The Essex National Heritage Commission partnered to provide a program for middle school children from immigrant families.  The program, "Making the Caribbean Connection", offered insights and hands-on projects which explored the historic importance of the Caribbean islands in Salem's maritime success.  Students from Salem's middle school, age 11-14, of Latino heritage were able to learn about the importance of their homeland to Salem's history in shipping.  The Gables received the PIP award for this program.
* In a recent partnership, The Gables entered into an agreement with the Salem Public Schools (SPS) to allow SPS to provide alternative high school programming for at-risk youth in its Emmerton Hall building.   The partnership also enables students to learn firsthand about taking care of historic property and gardens and learn about history and architecture in a hands on approach.

Museum Tours

For the past century, The Gables has opened its doors to thousands of visitors from all over the globe who come to see its 17th, 18th and 19th century structures and learn about Salem's and our nation's early history.  Visitors to our campus experience early American architecture, maritime history, seafaring families' life stories, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary legacy.  In addition to tours, museum programs include a lecture series and period reenactments.  
A trip to The Gables gives the visitor a chance to take a step back into America's history to experience life from another perspective
Budget  $175,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Heritage
Population Served US& International General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
* Visitors experience the heritage and history of the United States.
* Visitors will learn more about Nathaniel Hawthorne and his literary legacy.
* Interpretive reenactments and lectures on Salem's rich history of  architecture and preservation, and the lives of the seafaring Turner and Ingersoll families.
* Activities for children which relate to Salem's  Maritime history . 
Program Long-Term Success 
* The museum is open to the public year-round and its gate receipts make up the majority of the organization's budget.  Tours to the general public account for approximately 90,000 visits per year.
*  Develop higher year-around attendance and multiple visits from local residents
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Program Success Monitored By 
* Regular visitor surveys.
Examples of Program Success 
Wendy Moonan, writing for The New York Times cited "actually the house is much more than a literary shrine.  It is a rare survivor from the 1600s".
 
Timothy T. Orwig, architectural historian said "it's the most important 17th-century house in Salem."
 
Frommers Guide recently said "Tours include a visit to Hawthorne's birthplace (built before 1750 and moved to the grounds) and describe what life was like for the house's 18th-century inhabitants. The costumed guides are well versed in the history of the buildings and artifacts, and eager to answer questions. The site, a National Historic Landmark District overlooking Salem Harbor, also holds period gardens, the Retire Beckett House (1655), and a counting house (1830) where children and families find hands-on activities related to Salem's maritime legacy.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The House of the Seven Gables is a National Historic Landmark District with a dual purpose mission of education and preservation.  We are unique in that the museum was founded (in 1910 by Caroline Emmerton) specifically to support social services for under served children of immigrant families.
The work of The Gables is desperately needed in our community. In 2010 Salem was designated a "gateway city" in Massachusetts. Average household income is below the state average, as is the average educational attainment rate. Over 45% of the population in Salem today is Hispanic/Latino, African American, or multiracial. Given the diverse population, the Salem Public School District faces many challenges. We partner with numerous other like minded non-profits to provide educational opportunities and create solutions to these challenges.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Kara McLaughlin
CEO Term Start Mar 2013
CEO Email kmclaughlin@7gables.org
CEO Experience

Kara McLaughlin joined The Gables in March 2013 as the Interim Executive Director. In January 2014 she accepted the Executive Director position.  Since then she has been responsible for planning and directing the organization's activities, including personnel and financial management, visitor services, settlement programs, development, preservation and maintenance. Prior to joining The Gables, Ms. McLaughlin's career included experience in the for-profit business world as well as public education. She spent almost twenty years in the field of human resources, serving several years as the President and CEO of The Survey Group, a regional compensation consulting firm.  She spent the last four years serving as a math tutor in the Salem and Danvers public schools.

Ms. McLaughlin has very strong ties to the community. Born and raised in Salem, she received her B.A.from Wellesley College, her MBA from Northeastern University and her Master’s in Education from Lesley University. She currently lives in Salem with her husband and two children.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Anita Blackaby 2008 --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Karen Barter Development Director --
Mr. Kevin White Director of Preservation and Maintenance --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Non-profit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 15
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. George Irving Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Salem Law Offices
Board Chair Term May 2014 - May 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Randy Clark Mass Dept. of Transportation Voting
Mr. Kenmore Commoss Thirsty Ventures, Inc. Voting
Dr. K. Brewer Doran PhD Salem State University Voting
Sec. Marion H. Freedman-Gurspan Community Volunteer Voting
Pres. George G. Irving Esq Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Anthony Keck Esq Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Duncan G. LaBay Ph. D. Salem State University Voting
Ms. Phyllis LeBlanc Harbor Sweets Voting
Ms. Marcia MacClary Footprint Power Voting
Treas. Andrew Meyers Breckenridge Capital Voting
Mr. Henry W. Newman II Solstice Capital Voting
Mr. Jude Nixon Ph. D. Salem State University --
Ms. Patricia Pace Eastern Bank Voting
Mr. John E. Randall III Community Volunteer Voting
Dr. Beverley Savage North Shore Medical Center Voting
Ms. Rosario Ubiera-Minaya Salem Education Foundation Voting
Mr. Paul Viccica CBT Architects --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Campus Planning and Development
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Executive

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $1,862,420.00
Projected Expense $1,817,139.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,488,381 $1,603,850 $1,330,226
Total Expenses $1,612,201 $1,635,447 $1,688,075

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $61,513 $60,439 $53,247
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,268,806 $1,319,742 $1,292,898
Investment Income, Net of Losses $98,120 $193,026 $-60,656
Membership Dues $11,040 $10,107 $16,180
Special Events $48,902 -- $18,430
Revenue In-Kind -- $20,536 $10,127
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,210,067 $1,237,916 $1,313,242
Administration Expense $262,184 $253,850 $260,439
Fundraising Expense $139,950 $143,681 $114,394
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 0.98 0.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 76% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 127% 238% 160%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $3,341,851 $3,237,026 $3,287,754
Current Assets $224,649 $249,778 $254,792
Long-Term Liabilities $83,000 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $126,582 $197,563 $216,694
Total Net Assets $3,132,269 $3,039,463 $3,071,060

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $1,890,268.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.77 1.26 1.18

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Gables spends approximately $70-$80,000 per year on deferred maintenance initiatives.  Accumulated deferred maintenance expenses currently exceed $700,000 which we are addressing through the campus restoration plan. 
We recently leased the Settlement Building Emmerton Hall, to generate an additional $100,000 in funding earmarked by the Board of Trustees for deferred campus maintenance. 
 
We are unique in that we derive a portion of our annual operating budget through admission and Museum shop sales. Proceeds from these sales funds our social services/settlement work.  In 2014 we are introducing a new effort to attract local residents to the museum multiple times with a revolving series of exhibits.  As we proceed with the preservation work, we will also have the ability to rent more of the facility for private events.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY13 and per the audited financials for FY12 and FY11. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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