In recognition of Giving Tuesday Dec. 1, the Dearborn Historical Museum is asking that the public consider a donation supporting the museum’s free or low-cost educational programming as well as the continued efforts to restore the DHM’s three historic structures.
The museum asks the public to direct donations to the DHM’s 70th birthday fundraiser, and donors of $70 or more will even be entered into a raffle drawing featuring Dearborn-related prize packages donated by local businesses including gift certificates.
Donations may be made online at thedhm.com/birthday, or by mailing a check made out to the Museum Guild of Dearborn to the museum office at 915 S Brady, Dearborn, MI, 48124.
Providing fun and educational programs and events for people of all ages is a decades-long tradition for the DHM, which recognized its 70th birthday on Oct. 14. The DHM typically organizes free monthly lectures on historical topics of interest to residents of metropolitan Detroit and also hosts children’s events, including the annual Teddy Bear Picnic, Halloween Party, and Victorian Christmas Open House.
In addition to these events, the DHM’s Pioneer School Program provides field trips for as many as 1,500 second grade students each spring.
While many of the DHM’s public programs date as far back as the 1970s, 2020 has seen the cancellation of most programs — including the museum’s usual fundraisers — due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the DHM’s staff continues to adapt to changing circumstances, making historical resources come to life virtually, broadcasting its usual monthly lectures on city of Dearborn television, and modifying events to be held safely when possible. 2020’s Halloween party, for instance, was changed to a masked and gloved drive-through format to allow local children to celebrate the holiday safely.
The DHM’s 70th anniversary fundraiser was launched on Oct. 14 with support from major sponsors Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac and AAA — The Auto Club Group. The fundraiser, presented by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Museum Guild of Dearborn, runs through Dec. 4.
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Designated as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it has inspired hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.