Madison Historical Society
PO BOX 17
MADISON CT 06443-0017
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 17
MADISON , CT 06443-0017
Telephone (203) 245-4567 x
Fax 203-245-4567
E-mail contact@madisonhistory.org
Mission

The mission of the Madison Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and information that illustrate Madison’s role in local, regional, and national history. The Society fulfills this mission through its exhibits, educational programs, publications, and entertainments for residents, students, and visitors. The Society provides leadership that encourages broad public engagement in Madison's history and future.

MHS Vision Statement The MHS recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of Madison’s distinctive cultural history. We believe that constant references to common past experiences nurture and sustain a sense of community that links past, present, and future citizens. 


With this understanding, we envision that the MHS can:

  • make history personal, intimate, and meaningful
  • celebrate and cultivate the elements of Madison’s cultural history that create and bind our community
  • make full use of the Society’s collections, archives, and historic resources
  • present reenactments and personal portrayals that exemplify Madison’s historic community lifeways and experiences
  • explore history through literature, music, visual arts, architecture, and features of the local landscape and historic land use
  • provide leadership that encourages broad public engagement in Madison’s history and future.
 
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The Madison Historical Society will be celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2017. We are in preparations for a capital campaign to celebrate this milestone. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1962
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Simpson
Board Chair James Matteson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The mission of the Madison Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and information that illustrate Madison’s role in local, regional, and national history. The Society fulfills this mission through its exhibits, educational programs, publications, and entertainments for residents, students, and visitors. The Society provides leadership that encourages broad public engagement in Madison's history and future.

MHS Vision Statement The MHS recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of Madison’s distinctive cultural history. We believe that constant references to common past experiences nurture and sustain a sense of community that links past, present, and future citizens. 


With this understanding, we envision that the MHS can:

  • make history personal, intimate, and meaningful
  • celebrate and cultivate the elements of Madison’s cultural history that create and bind our community
  • make full use of the Society’s collections, archives, and historic resources
  • present reenactments and personal portrayals that exemplify Madison’s historic community lifeways and experiences
  • explore history through literature, music, visual arts, architecture, and features of the local landscape and historic land use
  • provide leadership that encourages broad public engagement in Madison’s history and future.
 
Background

According to Madison’s Heritage: Historical Sketches of Madison, Connecticut, the Madison Historical Society was founded in 1917 with astonishing speed. In the years 1917 and 1918, during and shortly after the First World War, the idea for the Society was sparked, it is said, by “a fierce fire of enthusiasm.” Witnesses to its sudden presence on the social and cultural scene of Madison say that it evolved from a single comment. One afternoon in August 1917, George Wilcox stopped for his usual daily visit to his neighbors, and Civil War veteran John Henry Meigs returned to greet them. The gentlemen reportedly exchanged tales of “early times, boyish pranks, and school days.” Upon leaving, Meigs mentioned what a delight it had been to be so long at conversation without a single mention of the war.  From that chance remark, George Wilcox began to form notions of a society that would celebrate and commemorate the history of the town. Just a week later, invitations were sent to thirty to forty townspeople. Miss Elizabeth Todd Nash offered her home for the first meeting.

Weeks later, more than 100 charter members had formed the Madison Historical Society. Within the Society's first year, Mr. Nathan Bushnell offered the use of his old family home in exchange for some repairs and the payment of its taxes. By the second summer, the Society had purchased the home. Before long, generous members had repaired it and outfitted it with donated heirlooms. Together they created a period house that could open its doors to visitors.

In later decades, the organization worked to save Lee's Academy from conversion to a saloon. They first arranged its move to a position of honor on the Madison town green, then purchased it outright from the Town. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Society focused its efforts on the development of its collection. It also undertook further restoration of the Allis-Bushnell House. After painstaking restorations in 1975, the Allis-Bushnell House was dedicated in August 1976 as a museum of the history and heritage of Madison.

In the 21st century, the MHS has reenvisioned its role in town life. It has made extensive efforts to increase both its presence and its educational outreach. In 2010 it began to restore Lee's Academy, to which it had moved its administrative offices. That work, aided by generous grants and donations, was completed in 2012. In 2013, work began to preserve and protect the Allis-Bushnell House. 

Impact
2016 accomplishments:
1. Partnered with the CLEMA archives to put on a feature exhibition - WWI
2. Staffed our office with a newly hired Executive Director, Office Manager, and Collections Photographer
3. Completed ADA compliant renovations to the Allis-Bushnell House
 
Needs
1. Prepare the Allis-Bushnell House for public programs and activities. This includes lighting improvements, redesign of our outdoor spaces, publicity to the community.
2. Develop a plan for our 100th anniversary in 2017.
3. Cataloging and Displaying our collection in the Allis-Bushnell House
4. The establishment of a Volunteer Program
5. Identifying effective fundraising events and nurturing our current fundraising events, including the Remarkable Homes Tour and the Antiques Fair
6. Organization of our Office and Library
7. Increase the size of our membership
Board Chair Statement

MHS Vision Statement

The MHS recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of Madison’s distinctive cultural history. We believe that constant references to common past experiences nurture and sustain a sense of community that links past, present, and future citizens.

With this understanding, we envision that the MHS can:

    • make history personal, intimate, and meaningful
    • celebrate and cultivate the elements of Madison’s cultural history that create and bind our community
    • make full use of the Society’s collections, archives, and historic resources
    • present reenactments and personal portrayals that exemplify Madison’s historic community lifeways and experiences
    • explore history through literature, music, visual arts, architecture, and features of the local landscape and historic land use
    • provide leadership that encourages broad public engagement in Madison’s history and future.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Historical Organizations
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / History Museums
Areas Served
Madison
While we preserve community history within the town of Madison, we are aware of our geographic place on the Connecticut shoreline and the State of Connecticut, and our interpretation influences those outlying areas. 
Programs
Description The Frederick Lee Lectures are, typically, a series of three Sunday-afternoon programs offered to both members and visitors during the late winter or early spring months. There is a yearly theme.
Population Served Adults / Families / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Guided Student Tours, tailored to social studies curriculum standards, bring young students to Lee's Academy, the town green, and other nearby historic structures. Every year we host all second grade and fifth grade students in Madison. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Allis-Bushnell House Tours are offered to the public on CT Open House Day in early June and on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and at other times, by appointment, for families, Scout groups, and other groups.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

The Madison Historical Society offers its Historic Building Plaque Program to owners of all town properties that predate 1930. The purpose of the program is threefold: to call attention to the historic character of Madison; to give recognition both to its early buildings and to the people who built or resided in them; to encourage stewardship of and appreciation for the historic built environment of our community. In addition to the name of the MHS, each plaque lists the date of the building construction, the name of the original owner, and the occupation of that owner. To qualify for a plaque, the building must be visually recognizable as an historic building, and its history must be documented according to Madison Historical Society procedures. The dating of a structure is done by deed research and other primary source information, as well as an architectural review. In addition to the plaque, the owner receives a history of the building, a deed report, and an architectural report. 

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
Beginning Summer 2016
Over There, Over Here: Madison in World War I
11 am to 4 pm, Saturday, Public welcome; free
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments In addition to the five programs listed, we also have a robust Education Committee dedicated to providing complex local history enrichment programs to students. Currently our program committee hosts all 2nd and 5th grade students annually. 
CEO/Executive Director
Jennifer Simpson
Term Start Feb 2015
Email director@madisonhistory.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 75
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
We collaborate with several state and local organizations. State includes Connecticut League for Historic Organizations, CT Humanities; Local includes the Madison Public Schools, CLEMA, the Deacon John Grave House, Madison Chamber of Commerce, Scranton Public Library, Bauer Trust, Historic District Commission, local businesses.
Board Chair
James Matteson
Company Affiliation Retired
Term May 2017 to May 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Chip Adams
Ms. Laura Becker Yale University Planned Giving
Mrs. Doe Boyle
Mrs. Victoria Clement
Ret. Maj. Lyle Cubberly Retired USAF, Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Edmiston
Mr. Bob Gundersen
Mr. Mahlon Hale Retired Physician
Mr. James Matteson Community Volunteer
Mr. Fred Murphy
Mrs. Mary Ouimet
Mrs. Connie Piccone Retired Educator
Mrs. Jane Rapport
Ms. Tricia Royston
Mrs. Nancy Smith
Ms. Carol Snow Yale Conservator
Mr. Bruce Wilson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Standing Committees
Collections
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Membership
Nominating
Preservation
Volunteer
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $181,210.00
Projected Expenses $136,606.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$19,537$13,499--
Government Contributions$72,013$67,854$0
Federal----
State----
Local----
Unspecified$72,013$67,854
Individual Contributions------
------
$2,014$2,346--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$34,055$30,538--
Membership Dues$10,633$14,230--
Special Events$14,168----
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--$15,800--
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$128,545$88,726--
Administration Expense$25,042$28,283--
Fundraising Expense$13,294$10,661--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.13--
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%69%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%13%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$384,688$372,705--
Current Assets$376,598$304,687--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$30,231$3,787--
Total Net Assets$354,457$368,918--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSummer Hill Foundation $57,800Summer Hill Foundation $45,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConnecticut Humanities Council $9,5441772 Foundation $14,680--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountErnest C. Bauer Charitable Trust $5,000CT Dept. Economics and Commerce $5,125--
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.4680.46--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. To strengthen our organization and enact a couple of priority projects, including the establishment of a historic preservation fund and the hiring of a collections care specialist to establish a collections plan.
Goal $100,000.00
Dates Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Address PO BOX 17
MADISON , CT 064430017
Primary Phone 203 245-4567
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Simpson
Board Chair James Matteson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired

 

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