Supporting NLCHS

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the New London County Historical Society relies upon its members and the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide needed support for our programs and operations.  Please join us in preserving and sharing New London County’s rich past by making a contribution today.

How to Give

The New London County Historical Society accepts gifts by check, credit card and money order; in the form of securities, life insurance and real estate; as bequests and from qualified retirement plans. Donors may also make a tribute or memorial gift to honor a special person or event. Please note that many companies match charitable gifts made by current employees and retirees; an appropriate form from the employer should accompany a qualifying donor’s gift.

Some methods of giving to NLCHS may have significant estate planning and tax benefits for the donor. A NLCHS representative, along with your financial and legal adviser, can help to structure a gift in the manner most appropriate for your individual or family circumstances. All gifts to the New London County Historical Society are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact the New London County Historical Society at 860.443.1209 or via e-mail at All donations made online will be directed to Society’s Annual Fund.


Enjoy the benefits of membership and support the mission of the Historical Society with your annual membership fee. The New London County Historical Society has a number of levels of membership so that you can support our work at a financial level of that is right for your situation. IRS regulations do not recognize membership fees as tax deductible donations.

Annual Appeal

The Annual Fund provides approximately one quarter of the annual operating budget for the Society, funding staff salaries, insurance, electricity, heating fuel, and the basic costs of programming and care of collections. All unrestricted gifts are credited to the Annual Fund.


Funds directly donated to our operating budget helps support facility maintenance, projects, collections care and assists with everyday expenses.

Capital Campaign

Capital campaign funds are used for a specific purpose or project that addresses specific needs for the historical society. 

Endowment Fund

The New London County Historical Society has an investment fund managed by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC as well as an Agency Endowment Fund managed by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. Life memberships ($1,000) and bequests greater than $1,000 will be added to the  investment Janney Montgomery Scott LLC accounts. Donations made to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut can be directed to the New London County Historical Society Agency Endowment Fund.

Foundational Support

Your support as a business member will continue that effort, and will allow a new level of professionalism and care as we approach our 150th anniversary. If you believe history is an important part of the culture we share, we invite your membership.

Planned Giving

We encourage you to support the mission of the New London County Historical Society by making a gift as a bequest in your estate planning. Gifts can be made directly to the Historical Society or to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, earmarked for the New London County Historical Society Agency Fund.

Donor Recognition — The Captain Nathaniel Shaw Society

We are extremely grateful for all donations to the New London County Historical Society, and in close to 150 years of existence there have been many. Thankfully we have a number of friends who have made regular donations through several years; the Board of Directors has chosen to recognize a cumulative total of $5,000 in donations by naming these friends as members of the Captain Nathaniel Shaw Society. This recognition society is, of course, named for the successful merchant captain who built the Shaw Mansion; all of us shape history but it was he who initially created the tangible evidence that we enjoy and preserve today as our home.