Hartland Area Historical Society


How You Can Help

Volunteer and Get Connected

Visit and Come Join Us

Contribute and Make a Difference

Additional Information

Map to the Florence B. Dearing Musuem

Museum hours are
Saturdays, January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and
February 2nd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Donate Items - Do you have some old things of your grandparents cluttering up the attic or garage? The museum accepts historical and cultural objects, photographs, and archival materials relating to the rural past of the Hartland area from circa 1830's through the 1950's. In 2007, the Hartland Area Historical Society Board of Trustees meeting adopted a Collections Policy for items in the museum or aquired by the museum. The scope of collection statement tells you what the museum collects, both now and in the future. The steps for acquiring objects and accessioning them into the collection as an artifact are explained. Occasionally, a museum finds it necessary to dispose of an artifact by deaccessioning. The policy and procedure for deaccessioning an artifact is explained. If you are considering loaning an object to the museum, the incoming loans section of the policy tells you what you can expect for the care and handling of your object. The outgoing loans section covers how the museum protects the artifacts when they leave the museum as a traveling exhibit. The last section is the ethics policy. It covers what is expected of the Hartland Area Historical Society Board of Trustees, the Collection Committee and museum volunteers while they are working with the collection and the public. To donate an item to the Museum call Curator, Mike Forster, at 810-632-5168.

Bequests and Monetary Donations - It takes time, effort and money to keep the Museum doors open, and thanks to numerous people over the years, we have been able to do just that. Visitors to the museum often donate funds, sales of Hartland: Weaving the Past with the Future continue to occur, and the HAHS has an annual fund-raising dinner that is both enjoyable and profitable. We also receive bequests from the estate of ones who which to remember the museum in their wills or retirement. HAHS is a 501C non-profit organization, and all donations to it are tax deductable. In the past year, we have received generous donations from the family of Ann Dearing Synder, Sharon Hilquist, and Duane Boutell, which allowed us to renovate the main entrance to the museum.