Annual Fund
The Annual Fund benefits all activities which help meet the Discovery Center’s mission. These unrestricted funds support general operations and overall fiscal expectations.  Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the website.

Click here to donate now to the Annual Fund.

John Jacob Housman Tombstone Permanent Exhibit

Keys History & Discovery Center is excited to announce plans for a new permanent exhibit which will include a preeminent artifact not seen by many – the tombstone of the notorious early-19th century wrecker John Jacob Housman, whose remains are thought to have been buried on Indian Key.   The exhibit will be housed on the second floor of the museum and will also feature a series of free-standing interpretive panels and additional historical stories about Indian, Lignumvitae, Windley and Tea Table keys. The existing Indian Key model circa 1840 will move to the second floor to better tell the intertwined relationship between the significant keys. 

Fundraising campaign goal: $75,000.  Exhibit naming right (to be prominently displayed within exhibit): $50,000.  Gifts made at the $1,000 level and above will also be recognized within the exhibit area.   

Click here to donate now to the Housman Permanent Exhibit.

Lecture Series

Keys History & Discovery Center Presents… is a popular and well-attended lecture series featuring renowned authors, professors and scientists.  Donations offset speaker honorariums, marketing and costs associated with virtual platform and equipment needs. We are seeking one series title sponsor, three season sponsors and individual lecture sponsors.

Series Title Sponsor: One at $10,000
Season Sponsors: Three at $5,000 (Fall secured, Winter available, Spring secured)
Lecture Sponsors: 14 at $500 (14 secured, 0 available)

Click here to donate now to the Lecture Series.

Curator Connections

Curator Connections program offerings resulted from the Spring 2020 extended stay-at-home order and feature Cocktails with the Curator and Community Views.  Curator Brad Bertelli added to the program line-up in Fall 2020 with Florida Keys Stories, through which he shares exclusive material for our members monthly via e-mail.  Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the website.

Click here to donate now to Curator Connections.

Jerry Wilkinson Research Library

The Jerry Wilkinson Research Library is attracting scholars, researchers and amateur genealogists. The long-term goal is to provide digital access to each document and photo; the short-term goal is to enter each group of materials into a user-friendly catalog allowing researchers to explore topics of interest in an organized fashion. Your gift supports subscription requirements, archival supplies, furnishings and the work of trained librarians and archivist. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the website and within the Research Library.

Click here to donate now to the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library. 


The Keys History & Discovery Center’s 35 seat theater features state-of-the-art 4K technology and stunning color, sound and design. Numerous naming opportunities exist to have your name, or those of your loved ones, as a lasting tribute in this exciting and unique theater. Gifts to the theater provide significant support to offset the costs of development and ongoing operations of the space.

Click here to donate now to the Theater. 

Tribute Gifts
You can make a tribute gift to the Keys History & Discovery Center in the name of a family member, friend or colleague. Celebrate a special person in your life or honor someone’s memory in a thoughtful and lasting way by giving to any fund or exhibit. Please select a “Click here to donate now…” link for your chosen fund or exhibit above and indicate the type of tribute and name on honoree on the form.

Additional Ways to Give

Individual Retirement Account (IRA): For those over 70½, use your required minimum distribution from your IRA to make gifts directly to the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation.

Stock Transfer: Gift of stocks can be made through TD Ameritrade. Details below.

DTC #0188
TD Ameritrade
FBO Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Inc.
Acct. #941588264
P.O. Box 2209
Omaha, NE 68103-2209

Planned Giving
Endowment gifts allow you to make a long-term impact on the Keys History & Discovery Center. These funds are invested and sustain the organization in perpetuity. The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation maintains the Meeks Endowment which accepts gifts in the form of cash, checks, wire transfers and security transfers of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Legacy giving, or identifying the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference.

Yes, I believe in the importance and value of preserving and sharing the unique history and ecology of the Florida Keys and want to provide long-term support!  For more information on planned giving options please click here or contact Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker at or 305-922-2237.

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  State of Florida registration number: CH38469.  EIN: 46-1936911.


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