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It's Not Too Late: Ramsey House Endowment Challenge Ends December 31, 2013

It's Not Too Late:  Ramsey House Endowment Challenge Ends December 31, 2013
On September 26th, a sellout crowd of history enthusiasts gathered at the Alexander Ramsey House for one of the site's award-winning History Happy Hours. While the idea of sitting in the Ramsey House parlor sipping wine would have been unheard of a couple of years ago, not anymore. Innovative programs are allowing people to experience the Ramsey House in new ways, including:

  • • History Happy Hours
  • • Ramsey After Dark series
  • • Ramsey Time Capsule family days
  • • History Chef cooking classes
  • • A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Click here to learn more about upcoming events at the Alexander Ramsey House.

To continue these programs and preserve the Alexander Ramsey House for future generations, we need your help!

The Minnesota Historical Society and The National Society of The Colonial Dames in the State of Minnesota are working together to build a $625,000 endowment fund for the Alexander Ramsey House.

For a short time, we have an exciting challenge grant opportunity: Gift commitments for the Alexander Ramsey House received before December 31, 2013, will be matched with $1.00 for every $1.50 contributed. Click here to give now. Please include a note that designates your online gift to the Alexander Ramsey House Endowment challenge. If you are considering a multi-year gift commitment please call Mark Haidet at 651-259-3123.

The challenge is made possible by Richard DeLeo, a long-time friend of the Society's Historic Sites program, along with the Scrooby Foundation and the Huss Foundation. Last year, Richard approached the Society about creating endowments to support programming at the Society's historic sites.

According to John Crippen, the Society's head of historic sites, Richard was passionate about Minnesota's historic sites and their importance in helping people of all ages appreciate our history and the accomplishments of those who came before us. He has provided a wonderful opportunity for our members and friends who value these special places to preserve our historic sites for generations to come.

We invite you to consider making a special gift to help us secure the Ramsey Endowment Challenge.

Challenge details:

  • • Gift commitments received before December 31, 2013, will be matched $1.50 for every $1 contributed.
  • • Gifts of $1,000 or more may be spread over 5 years.
  • • Donors of $10,000 will be permanently recognized on an endowment plaque located at the site. Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a campaign plaque that will be on display at the site for at least five years.
  • • Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of others.
For detailed information about the challenge grant opportunity, please contact Mark Haidet at or 651.259.3123

"In our rapidly changing world, it is important that people understand and appreciate our history. Historic sites provide an educational and entertaining link to the past, and the Society's historic sites program is one of the best in the nation." Richard DeLeo

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