The Illinois State Museum Society administers the 1877 Fund. Named for the year the Museum was founded, this fund provides critical support to the functions of the Museum by funding important projects that are not supported through the state budget.

The 1877 Fund makes it possible to:

  • Acquire natural and cultural treasures for the collections
  • Conserve and preserve important objects
  • Create special exhibitions
  • Enhance educational offerings
  • Produce technical and popular publications
  • Develop and produce exhibit catalogs
  • Offer student internships
  • Promote Museum programs and exhibits
  • Support research and new discoveries
  • Develop online educational tools

Contributions to the 1877 fund are fully tax deductible.

Benefits and Privileges
All donors -

  • Recognition in Impressions member newsletter and annual report
  • Subscription to The Living Museum quarterly magazine

Donors $50 and above -

  • All of the above privileges plus
  • Invitation to behind-the-scenes open house at the Museum’s Research and Collection Center

Donors $250 and above -

  • All of the above privileges plus
  • Name listed on the annual wall of recognition in the lobby
  • Invitation to special donor recognition event

Donors $1000 and above -

  • All of the above privileges plus
  • Invitation to distinctive Founders Circle event with Museum Director and curators
  • VIP invitation to opening receptions and special events
  • Recognition as a member of Founders Circle on annual wall of recognition

The Illinois State Museum Society is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the educational and research programs of the Illinois State Museum System. 
The Museum preserves Illinois’ past for the future while stimulating discovery, stewardship, and life-long learning about Illinois and the world. 

Donate By Mail to:
Illinois State Museum Society
1877 Fund
502 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706-5000