The Annual Fund benefits all activities that help meet the Discovery Center’s mission. These unrestricted funds provide vital support for maintaining our current collection and exhibits, developing future exhibits and offering educational and enriching programming for locals and visitors alike.
Click here to donate now to the Annual Fund.
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 visit the “Donate” page for your chosen fund or exhibit and indicate the type of tribute and name on honoree on the form.
Jerry Wilkinson Research Library
The Jerry Wilkinson Research Library is a non-circulating library and reading room at the Keys History & Discovery Center. Your donation will help us process and digitize the unique documents, photos, pieces of artwork, memorabilia and other historical materials, including previously not yet digitized microfilm run of Keys Veterans News from the early 1930s, invaluable oral histories dating back to the 1970s and original photographs and maps previously belonging to Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway Chief Engineer, William Krome that are just some of the items contained in the Research Library’s collections.
Over the past four years, our lecture series Keys History & Discovery Presents has become our most popular program. The 2018/19 series begins in October with a revealing presentation by our curator, Brad Bertelli, on how tall tales reshape local history. It is followed by twelve additional lectures an interesting array of topics such as endangered sawfish, the 1733 Spanish galleon trail and the legacy of FDR’s WPA in Florida. Our goal this year is to make it easier for locals to dig into history and discover something new and fascinating about the piece of paradise they call home. So we are decreasing the non-member fee from $25 to $10. We have received financial support through grants and donations totaling more than $12,000, but we still need to raise $20,000 to offset costs this season.
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.
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 an endowment with Islamorada Investment Management. The endowment accepts gifts in the form of cash, checks, wire transfers and security transfers of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.
Legacy giving does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference by identifying the Keys History and Discovery Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan.
For more information on planned giving options please contact Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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