Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Planned Giving

1748-1848 Burnside Plantation-a beautiful view of the Summer Kitchen at Burnside Plantation

Plan to give to Historic Bethlehem's endowments!

Join the prestigious Heritage Society, an expression of our appreciation to all who have contributed to our endowment funds, and establish a legacy of support for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites for generations to come.

Endowment funds—which support a variety of important items, from general operating expenses to marketing and children’s activities—provide a financial foundation for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites to build on as it continues to develop and offer high quality public programming, maintain excellent collections care, and preserve historic buildings and landscapes.


Your tax-deductible gift will enable us to steward the area’s rich heritage properly.

Consider donating:

  • Cash, securities, or real estate
  • Bequest
  • Insurance policy or personal IRA


Donations accepted online HERE

Our Endowment Funds

The Historic Tannery building found within the Colonial Industrial Quarter of Historic Moravian Bethlehem

Established in 1995, The Heritage Fund provides general operating support for all Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites' properties and affiliates. Individual funds provide additional support, including:

  • Amalia J. Donchez Archives Fund
  • Bruce and Joanne Haines Fund for the Nain-Schober House
  • Jane Fisher Library Fund
  • Merle-Smith Art and Antiques Fund
  • Donald and Mary Trautlein Library and Archives Fund
  • Valworth MacMillan Foscue Fund for the Apothecary and Gemeinhaus Gardens
Burnside Plantation with Garden

Established in the 1990s, The Burnside Plantation Founders Fund supports operations and preservation at our farm-in-the-city.

Today, Burnside Plantation includes the 1748-1818 Farmhouse, 1820s Summer Kitchen, Corn Crib, and Wagon Shed; 1840s Johnson Barn and High Horse-Powered Wheel; Haas Barn; heritage apple orchard, and Louise Dimmick Garden.

Visitor Center by Jeffrey Long

The Historic Bethlehem Incorporated Fund supports the operations of Historic Bethlehem Incorporated including the Colonial Industrial Quarter, 1810 Goundie House, and the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center and Museum Store. Individual funds provide additional support, including:

  • 1810 Goundie House Fund
  • Dennis E. Benner Fund
  • Robert H. Littner Fund
  • Sarah and Abigail Thomson Smithy Fund
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Established in the 1950s, The Kemerer Museum Fund supports the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts’ operations. Individual Kemerer Museum funds provide additional support, including:

  • Jan Bealer Christmas Fund
  • Bealer/Greene Family Kemerer Museum Garden
  • Blackwood-Schweitzer Fund
  • Helen & Maurice Jones Fund for Children's Programming
  • Helen & Maurice Jones Fund for Adult Programming
  • Kemerer Museum Building Fund
  • Elizabeth Johnston Prime Dollhouse Fund
  • Ernest M. Schneider Lecture Fund
Moravian Museum at night

Established in the 1940s, The Preservation Fund supports operations at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, including the 1752 Apothecary, 1758-65 Nain-Schober House, and 1741 Gemeinhaus. Individual Moravian Museum of Bethlehem funds provide additional support, including:

  • Apothecary Garden Fund
  • Alma A. Musselman Fund
  • Richmond Myers Fund
  • Single Sisters' House Fund
  • Miriam R. and Robert S. Taylor Fund for Music
  • Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture Fund
  • George Z. Heimbach Fund for Single Sisters' House Programming

Click each fund name for more information on the historic site.

Please note: A new named fund can be established with a gift of $100,000 or more. To learn more about contributing to any of the endowments and preserving history in perpetuity, please contact us. We would be very happy to discuss giving opportunities with you.

Charlene Donchez Mowers LoriAnn Wukitsch
President Vice-President and Managing Director
610-882-0450 ext. 11 610-882-0450 ext. 16
Cdm@historicbethlehem.org Lwukitsch@historicbethlehem.org



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