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We are happy to discuss the potential donation of objects or items for the collections of the Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites!

All items must be properly examined before they are accepted.

Item Acceptance

Acceptance of an item into the collection is based on the following:

  1. Relevance of the artifact to the history of Moravians, Bethlehem or the Lehigh Valley.
  2. Condition of the artifact
  3. Duplication of the artifact in collection
  4. Adequate storage available for the artifact
  5. Ability to care for and maintain the artifact

It is at the Curator’s discretion to choose which institution would be best served by the item and matches their collecting policy.

 

If an item is accepted into the collection, a Deed of Gift will be issued. Donors must sign this form which transfers legal title to the Partnership Institution. Title to all donations will be without restriction by the donor.

In keeping with IRS regulations, the donor must obtain all appraisals from an independent appraiser within one year of donation.

If an item is left at the Partnership under Temporary Custody for review and is found not applicable for the collection, the owner will be notified and will have thirty days to pick-up the item before disposal.

Donate An Object

The following institutions are part of Historic Bethlehem Partnership:

  • Burnside Plantation Incorporated
  • Historic Bethlehem Incorporated
  • Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

 

Individuals who wish to make a potential donation into the collection should please fill out the request form below.

We also appreciate the attachment of an overall image of the item in question, as well as detailed images of any damage, unique characteristics, or maker's marks or signatures.

The Curator will return your request as soon as possible.

 

Object Donation

Potential Object Donation Form for the Curator
  • Please describe what you know about the pieces. For example, who used them? Where were they made? How did they come into your possession?
  • Please submit an overall image as well as detailed images of any damage, unique characteristics, or maker's marks or signatures.
  • Please submit an overall image as well as detailed images of any damage, unique characteristics, or maker's marks or signatures.
  • Please submit an overall image as well as detailed images of any damage, unique characteristics, or maker's marks or signatures.
  • Upload any additional documents you may have such as an appraisal PDF.

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