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David Davis Mansion Foundation

The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in June 1986. Its mission is to help the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency engage, enlighten and entertain visitors with the stories of the site, of the David Davis household, and of their special relationship with Abraham Lincoln and others.

The Foundation's membership is comprised of mansion volunteers and citizens in communities throughout the nation who support the mansion through private fundraising efforts. Although the State of Illinois provides funding for day-to-day operations at the site, the Foundation plays an important role in several ways including:

  • Publicizing the site
  • Funding educational, volunteer and special events programs
  • Underwriting the cost of acquiring additional period furnishings and landscaping materials to further the site's restoration

The Foundation's contributions have helped improve working conditions for staff and have enhanced the public's enjoyment of mansion programs and exhibits.



Foundation Information
Corporate StatusPrivate, Not-for-Profit; 501 (c) (3)
GovernanceBylaws and Articles of Incorporation (1986)
Total Membership200 paying memberships; 50 honorary memberships
Member BenefitsMuseum Shop discounts, invitations to members-only events, discounts on special events, Foundation newsletter

Board of Directors
An eighteen-member, all-volunteer Board, comprised of nine members from the mansion's corps of volunteers and nine members from the local community, is responsible for directing the work of the Foundation. Additionally, a corps of Ex Officio members serve with the Board.


Officers of the Board
PresidentKathe Conley
Vice PresidentLinda Beard
Corresponding SecretaryDonna Dickson
Recording SecretaryLinda Beard
TreasurerRoy Braun

Other Board Members
Dan Barringer Bob Bradley Ed Carroll
Linda Groves Kay Henrichs Tom McCulley
Ken Menestrina Randy Middleton Scott Rager
Gordon Ropp Megan Schmidt Paul VanNess
Elizabeth Whisman VogelStewart Winger

Ex Officio Members
Dr. Marcia Young, State Site SuperintendentBeth Kater
Sheri Brownfield, Foundation Executive DirectorRobert Lenz
Bekah Litchfield, Clover Lawn Gift Shop Mgr.Pat Schely, Research Historian

Board TenureThree-year term, limit two terms in succession
Board MeetingsMonthly; Annual Meeting 3rd Wednesday in September
 
Standing CommitteesAcquisitions, Financial, Fund Raising, Nominating, Planning, Educational, Programming, Public Relations, Special Events, History

Major Projects

  • Restoration of Sarah Davis's 1870s Garden
  • Microfilming of Davis Family Papers
  • Looking for Lincoln Tourism Program

Fund Raising Projects

  • Glorious Garden Festival Garden Walk
  • Specialized Auto Exhibits
  • Civil War Days
  • Christmas at the Mansions
  • Special Evening Tours/Receptions

Volunteers

  • Guide and host Tours
  • Staff Tour Office
  • Participate in special presentations
  • Help prepare for holidays and special events
  • Work in Sarah's Garden

Publications

  • Clover Lawn: The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site. Pub: David Davis Mansion Foundation
  • Home for the Holidays: A Victorian Christmas Cookbook. Pub: David Davis Mansion
  • Sarah's Garden. Steve McDaniel, Horticultural Historian. Pub: David Davis Mansion
  • Managing Clover Lawn - From Ingredients to Enjoyment: A Guide to the Kitchen of Sarah Davis and the Life that Filled It. Sarah Vales. Pub: David Davis Mansion
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