Donating Artifacts to the Stoughton Historical Society

How can you donate to The Museum?

If you are clearing out your attic and find things of interest, contact The Museum. The museum volunteer will be able to tell you whether or not the object(s) would be considered for its collection. The objects are then referred to the Museum Board and will then be accepted or rejected for becoming part of our collection. If accepted the donator will sign a Gift of Deed. In turn they will receive a copy of the deed which will be their receipt of donation for tax purposes. This will not show a cash value.

What happens to donated objects?

Donated objects accepted by The Museum are assigned an accession number and entered into a data base with a description and name of donor and then assigned a location in the museum collection. Items may be put into an existing display or added to our archives for future use in a display or for research purposes. It is the up to the discretion of the museum board to decide.

Are object donations tax deductible?

YES! Under the terms of the Federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, charitable gifts of appreciated property are fully deductible. Contributions of $250 and over will require a receipt for all donations, including property and cash.

Does The Museum staff appraise objects for donation?

NO. The value of an object donation must be appraised by a qualified person. The staff is prohibited from providing appraisals of the monetary value of materials offered as gifts, brought in for identification, or submitted for any other purpose. Therefore, the donor is responsible for obtaining the services of an appraiser.

What type of art work does the museum collect?

The museum collects art work done by Stoughton artist or scenes from Stoughton.

What is the procedure for donating art?

It is the same as donating other artifacts.


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