With Your Support
Many visitors ask us, "How do you keep this place up and running?" Our answer: volunteers, donations, and one amazing support group. Giving your time to help us with events and the day to day running of the site is one of the most valuable things you can do. If however, you cannot give your time you can always make a donation to the site.
Want to Donate to Duke Homestead?
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Help us grow our Collection!
Duke Homestead is raising money to add artifacts to our collection.
On August 25th, Brunk Auctioneers will be hosting an auction of items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. The great-Granddaughter of Washington Duke, Semans was instrumental in making Duke Homestead into a State Historic Site. The auction will include objects which belonged to the Duke Family when they lived here at Duke Homestead.
On September 28th, Harris Realty & Auction will be hosting an auction of the tobacco memorabilia collection of Joseph E. Hudgins. A long time member of the Duke Homestead Support Group, Joe was an avid collector of tobacco memorabilia and the collection contains some items from the original W. Duke & Sons company.
Site Manager, Jennifer Farley, along with Board President, Mary Bell, and Curator, Martha Jackson, would like to attend both auctions and are seeking funds to bid on items in order that we may preserve some of these artifacts in our museum and bring the family objects back home to Duke Homestead. As the auctions are fast approaching time is of the essence. If you would like to make a donation to "Duke Homestead" indicating it is for the "Auction Fund" we would be most grateful for your help in preserving these artifacts.
The Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-Profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can send donations to:
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
ATTN: Jennifer Farley
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
Where does your money go?
Before you give, you might be asking what will my money be doing here at Duke Homestead? A better question might be, what won't your money be doing? The money donated by the friends and fans and average visitor of Duke Homestead gets used in many different ways all to benefit you and the community around us.
Who does your money go to? Well just like when you put a dollar in our donation box on site, your online donation goes to the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation. The Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Tobacco Museum. These are the same fantastic folks who help us run our gift shop. The money they collect (also known as your donations) goes to do all the amazing things you see below.
Currently Duke Homestead puts on eight events every year. Wow that's a lot of events! Did you know almost all of our events are completely free? Your donations help make that happen. In fact our entire events budget comes out of donations. That's everything from advertising to entertainment to fun historic activities to bags of ice and bales of hay, all covered by the money you give.
The money you give helps make your day to day visits fun and interesting by allowing us to put on a series of temporary exhibits. Temporary exhibits let us share stories we might not otherwise get to tell. Stories that you won't get to hear anywhere else. Stories that teach us what it means to be from Durham, from North Carolina and from the United States.
Supporting Duke Homestead means supporting your local community. Each month we offer educational programming to students from elementary to high school on site. Your donations help make those programs a success and are helping us expand programming in the coming school year. We also help run the history club at the Y.E. Smith Elementary school on Friday afternoons. The money you give supports each activity and makes history matter for these students.
It's a lot of work taking care of a museum. It's even more work when you add five historic buildings in the mix. Your donations help us with all the little things. Trust us, little things add up to make a big difference! It all adds up to helping us keep our historic site open to the public free of charge.