A Charitable Gift Annuity from the Schwartaus
For 50 years, John and Bernice (Gustafson) Schwartau farmed in the Minnesota township of Featherstone in Goodhue County. The Schwartaus have devoted their lives to the wider community, designating time and resources to health care, agriculture and history.
As an expression of their life-long commitment to Minnesota history and the importance of preserving and telling the story for the future, John, Bernice and their daughter have created the John, Bernice and Judy Schwartau Fund for Agriculture and Rural Life.
"This is important to us," John says. "We know the Minnesota Historical Society is the best in the country, and we feel good about this gift which furthers that which is meaningful to us."
The Schwartaus entered into a charitable gift annuity contract with MHS in 2006, and then set up a second annuity in October, 2007. The endowed funds will support MHS programs and projects that focus on agriculture and rural life, including projects centered around oral history, women's history, exhibitions, and conservation.
Through these charitable gift annuities, John, Bernice and Judy have reinforced their personal roots in Minnesota's rural experience. At the same time, they are now helping ensure that the culture of Minnesota's rural heritage is brought forward to the future.
In Recognition of their gift, the Schwartaus became members of the Minnesota Legacy. This membership acknowledges their enduring support of Minnesota history and their contribution to the award-winning work of the Minnesota Historical Society.