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Contributions are very important to the future well being of the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. There are many ways for you to donate to ensure that the educational mission continues. We depend on donors for new items to both the museum collection and the library’s archival collection.  All of our artifacts come from donors as we have no funds for purchasing.

Donations can be mailed to:  

McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708

If you have questions please call 330.455.7043.

Endowment Funds Supporting levels of memberships Capital & Replacement Plan Annual Giving
  Penny Campaign Memorial and Bequests
Special Friends of Discover World Adopt-an-Artifact Program Donations to the Permanent Collections 
Donations to the Ramsayer Research Library Adopt-a-Book Telescope Donations 

Endowment Funds

 The Museum has two endowment funds. One to support the Memorial and the second to provide investment income for the Museum.  Donations can be made at any time and in any amount for both endowment funds.  Stocks and bonds may also be donated. Please call for details.

Supporting levels of memberships

 Current members and New Members are invited to increase their level of membership support. Please do so when your annual membership billing is mailed to you or click on "Membership" to review the levels of supporting memberships that are offered. Working together we make a difference!

Capital & Replacement Plan Annual Giving

Each October members receive a brochure listing items that are necessary to each department but that are not funded in the annual budget. Donations are tax deductible and provide funding for the educational mission of the Museum. We depend on you for this support. Any amount is welcome. Small donations added together buy big items for the staff. No donation is too small.

Penny Campaign

Over 100 years ago, communities across the nation donated their pennies to help build a spectacular monument to President McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901.

In 2007, the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum celebrated the 100th anniversary of the completion of the McKinley National Memorial with the "Let’s Do It Again!" penny campaign to maintain the Monument.  The campaign continues going strong. So donate your pennies! 

Memorial and Bequests

The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is a private nonprofit
501 (c) (3) organization owned and operated by the Stark County Historical Society, our legal entity. Your donations are tax deductible.
Memorials, bequests and endowments are great ways to recognize the memory of a loved one, provide support for the Museum in meeting current expenses, or provide a living trust to assure a strong museum for the people. Please remember the Museum when you are doing your estate planning.

Special Friends of Discover World

 Your support is important to the animals of Ecology Island.  A donation of $10 or more will make you a "Special Friend of Discover World."  The donation will be used to purchase necessities for the animals, such as food, bedding, and veterinary care.  A special certificate with your name on it will be displayed in Discover World.  Thank you and we hope to see you soon

Adopt-an-Artifact Program

A primary part of our Mission Statement is to collect and preserve the history of Stark County, including the life and career of President William McKinley. Ideally, each artifact in our collection should be housed in an acid free box and wrapped in acid free tissue.  Other storage needs include new shelving in some of our storage areas, polyethylene bags for small artifacts, B-72 Acryloid Lacquer (an archival product used to number the artifacts), archival cleaning materials, and padded hangers for textiles.  With over 26,000 artifacts to care for, it is quite expensive to make sure each artifact is safely housed in the proper storage materials. 

But you can help!

Your tax deductible donation to the Adopt an Artifact Program will help pay for the care, maintenance, conservation, and storage of our Permanent Collection. You can name an item of your choice -- a piece of glass, a wedding dress, an antique tool, a McKinley campaign ribbon.  Or you can let us decide.

Any amount is welcome and appreciated.  You will be listed in our next newsletter as a proud member of the Adopt an Artifact Program!

Donations to the Permanent Collection

We hope that the following commonly asked questions will make you more familiar with how the Museum handles donations to the permanent collection.

Q:  Does the Museum accept everything that is offered for donation?

A:  According to our Mission Statement, the Museum collects items relating to the history of Stark County, including the life and career of the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley.  If your donation does not pertain to our Mission Statement, the Staff will make suggestions for a more appropriate home for your artifact(s).

Q:  Where should I start?

A:  If you have books, photographs, or other paper materials, please contact the Librarian regarding your
donation.  For all other objects, contact the Curator. They will discuss your donation with you and will decide if it is something that fits into the Museum's collection.  If it does, they will ask you to make an
appointment to bring it for further review.

Q:  Should I just drop off my donation?

A:  We ask that you call the Curator or the Librarian first to make an appointment.

Q:  What is a Temporary Custody Agreement?  How is it different from a Deed of Gift?

A:  When you drop off a potential donation, you will be asked to fill out a Temporary Custody Agreement.
This form indicates that you have left something at the Museum for consideration.  This is the first step
in the donation process.  The donation is not official at this time.  Once the Curator or Librarian accepts the donation, you will be sent a Deed of Gift in the mail to sign and return.  This is the legal document
that officially transfers ownership from you to the Museum.  Once the Deed of Gift is signed, the donation process is complete.

Q:  Why do I have to fill out paperwork for my donation?

A:  All donations MUST have signed paperwork in order become part of the Museum*s collection.  The donor may choose to remain anonymous, but we still must have signed paperwork in order to prove that the item belongs to the Museum, no matter how small the donation is.  

Q:  What if I change my mind?

A:  Once the Deed of Gift has been signed, donations cannot be returned to the donor.  Please do not offer items for donation to the Museum if you are not sure that you want to give them to us.

Q:  What will the Museum do with my donation once it is accepted?

A:  Your donation may be placed in the Permanent Collection or the Teaching Collection.  Donations to
the Permanent Collection are designated for preservation.  These items are handled and processed
according to the highest museum standards by trained professionals and are exhibited only under safe and secure conditions.  Items in the Teaching Collection are used by our Education Department and will be
utilized in special programs including school tours, education classes, summer camps, demonstrations, and
other education activities.

Q:  When will my donation be on exhibit?

A:  Because of the Museum*s changing exhibition policy, we cannot guarantee that your donation will be
on view at any given time.  Space limitations and conservation concerns dictate that we cannot exhibit
all of our artifacts at once.  There are many objects that should not be exhibited frequently in order to
protect them from handling, exposure to light, and other potentially harmful things.  However, exhibitions are not the only way a Museum utilizes an artifact.  The Museum is a public institution, and collections are made available (by appointment only) for study by scholars and members of the public.

Q:  Will my donation ever be loaned to someone else?

A:  Artifacts from the Permanent Collection may be loaned to other museums or cultural institutions, but
only those which adhere to the same high standards of professional museum practice.  Items are not loaned to individuals.  The Museum does maintain several off site exhibition spaces, but we require that artifacts be displayed in locked cases.  Also, it is mandatory that other institutions provide insurance for all
items that go out on loan.

Q:  Do you take permanent or long-term loans?

A:  No, the Museum does not accept loans of this type. Long term loans can create confusion in the future.  Due to limited storage space, we cannot care for artifacts that are not owned by the Museum.  Loans are accepted for specific purposes only, such as a temporary exhibition in the Keller Gallery, for a
specified period of time.

Q:  Can I take a tax deduction on my donation?

A:  Certainly!  The Code of Ethics written by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) prohibits museum professionals from engaging in appraisal-related activities.  For your own records, we recommend that you obtain an independent appraisal. Upon request, the Curator will provide a list of resources to help you find an appropriate appraiser for your donation.  The Museum will make your donation available for inspection to the appraiser of your choice.  Your signed Deed of Gift serves as proof of your donation for tax purposes.

Donations to the Ramsayer Research Library

The Ramsayer Research Library accepts donations of books, photographs or other paper materials relating to the history of Stark County, including the life and career of the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley. Our collection includes documents and photos on local schools, organizations and business & industry as well as extensive biographical and genealogical files.


A cash donation to our "Adopt-a-Book" program allows us to purchase both new and used books for our collection.  You may also select a specific title from our “Wish List” for your donation.  All donated books will have a donation plate included.

Telescope Donations

The Hoover-Price Planetarium accepts donations of working telescopes. This enhances our ability to lend telescopes to our members for a two week period. Such donations also allow us to have additional instruments available for evening celestial events (such as eclipses, planet viewings) that take place periodically on the Monument grounds.