The Elbert County Historical Society & Museum relies on generous donations from people like you to enhance our collections.
How do I go about donating an item to the Museum’s collections?
Items donated are deemed to be unconditional gifts and must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted into our collection:
Objects must be approved by the Acquisitions Committee in order to be accepted as a donation to the permanent collection. PLEASE NOTE: Artifacts left at the front door may be considered trash and thrown away.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, but you will need to have the value determined by an independent appraisal. To find out more information about your item, including evaluation of condition, authenticity and value, you will need to contact an appraiser who specializes in the type of material you have. IRS regulations and policies prohibit museum staff and volunteers from appraising artifacts.
When will my artifact be on exhibit?
The Museum cannot guarantee when or where the specific items will be exhibited. Only a small fraction of the collection is on exhibit at any one time.
Will the Museum take my object on loan if I don’t want to donate it?
Absolutely! Many institutions and individuals have generously loaned their items to the Museum’s collections. Items loaned must meet the same criteria as those donated.
If the Museum doesn’t want it, what can I do with it?
Other family members might be interested in having it.. it couldn’t hurt to ask! There may be other museums who would love to have your item. You might also consider donating the items to a school or university. If you are interested in selling your items, you could try e-bay or an antique store.
If you have any additional questions or wish to donate or loan an artifact, please contact us.