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Dear Friends in History,

The end of every calendar year brings an opportunity for celebration and reflection- a time to think about our progress and plan for our future. This letter provides the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County a means to thank you for your previous support and to ask that you remember the Society in your year-end giving.

Your annual gift to the Historical Society will ensure the continuation of our renowned educational programming that engages regional elementary and middle school students in STEM and STEAM curriculum as they learn the story of Southwestern Pennsylvania and its role in the development of our nation. Your gift will make possible workshops to preserve the heritage of our artisan crafts in coopering, tinsmithing and fiber arts. Your gift will ensure that visitors who walk through our doors are greeted by knowledgeable staff to guide them through their experience in hands-on history. Your gift will make it possible for our genealogical library to provide researchers with quality historically accurate materials to trace their familial roots to Somerset County. Your gift will make our mission possible.

The Historical and Genealogical Society is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to provide a valuable preservation and visitor experience at the Somerset Historical Center that is pre-eminent in the region.  However, the Society must rely on its own resources to staff the Historical Center and sponsor all programming. This annual campaign will enable us to raise unrestricted funds that may be used to support the Society’s responsibilities and ensure the continuation of this rich and varied calendar of events for the entire family.

On behalf of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, allow me to thank you in advance for your generous consideration and invite you to become an active member of our organization in 2020. All gifts to the annual campaign will be a tax-deductible contribution if made by December 31, 2020. Or, if you are interested in discussing a planned gift to the Society, please contact us to discuss how we can work with you to ensure your legacy. Please accept our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!



Pamela A. Tokar-Ickes, President




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The Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County has been designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is eligible for tax deductible donations. A copy of the official registration and financial information for the Society may be obtained from the PA Department of Revenue by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1(800)732-0999.