St. Mary’s County Historical Society
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Continuing to Unlock the History of St. Mary’s County
the “Mother County of Maryland”
Established on October 25, 1951, the St. Mary’s County Historical Society's mission is “to collect, preserve, research and interpret and history of St. Mary’s County, Maryland.”  Our collections focus on the County’s people, places, and events and are held in trust for the use and education of the public. Historical and genealogical records are available at the Historical Society's Research Center, through its Archives, through quarterly publication The Chronicles of St. Mary’s, as well as through its programs and exhibits.  The Historical Society also provides stewardship of 18th century Tudor Hall, which functions as its headquarters. 
You can support the Historical Society by becoming a member, contributing to the Annual Appeal, creating an endowment, by remembering the Historical Society in your estate planning, or simply by supporting our various programs and events.
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Membership Annual Dues Members are the heart of the Historical Society. Benefits are based on Membership Level. Memberships are for one year from the date of membership.
The Historical Society appeals for one or more areas critical to operations
Mid- to late-Summer via check, credit card, or through PayPal. 
 Planned Giving*
Appreciated Securities
Give securities owned longer than one year, and receive a deduction and avoid capital gains tax.
Anytime:  Consider this gift whenever long-term capital gains taxes are an issue.
Establish a fund to support a specific interest, leaving the principal intact in perpetuity.
Life Insurance
Name the Historical Society as owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
Charitable Gift Annuities
Make a donation and, in turn, receive a fixed annuity payment each year for life.
Anytime:  Benefit from a current tax deduction and augment potential retirement income on a tax-favored basis.
Retirement Assets
Designate all or a portion of your retirement plan to SMCHS while retaining control and use of the funds during your lifetime.
Anytime:  Give the most-taxed asset in your estate to SMCHS, leaving more favorably taxed property to your heirs.
Retirement Plan
Name SMCHS as primary or contingent beneficiary of part or all of your retirement plan.
Anytime:  This tax-heavy asset makes a great charitable gift after your lifetime.
* If you wish to participate in Planned Giving, we urge you to consult your attorney, financial advisor, or estate-planning professional to discuss your options.  If you would like further information on ways to give, please contact Christine Senese, Treasurer, at 301-475-8966, ext. 11, or vial email at
The St Mary's County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations to which are deductible to the full extent of the law.  The Historical Society’s current financial statement is available upon request.  Information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Charitable Solicitations Act is available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.
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