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B. Gratz and Mary Gunn Brown Foundation

The B. Gratz and Mary Gunn Brown Foundation, created in 1997, will help assure that the Cole County Historical Society Museum, with its historic collections, will continue to be preserved as guardian of our past and a beacon for our future. This fund was established to:

  1. Preserve the memory and artifacts of past Missouri Governor B. Gratz Brown and his wife, First Lady Mary Gunn Brown and everyone associated with Cole County history

  2. Preserve the building Brown built, which houses the museum of the Cole County Historical Society

  3. Facilitate the continued maintenance, preservation, protection and display of a unique collection of inaugural gowns of the First Ladies of Missouri, other artifacts and documents of Missouri's Governors and First Ladies, the Victorian Parlor, the Civil War Room, as well as other items significant to the history of Missouri and Cole County

  4. Encourage the study and preservation of the history of Missouri and its seat of government, Cole County

Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) organization, created as a trust exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.


Options to consider:

  1. Your Will:  The foundation is happy to receive bequests from individuals who care to name the Foundation as a beneficiary in their will.

  2. Matching Gifts:  Many companies will match their employee contributions to the Foundation. If your company has such a policy, it may allow you to make an even greater impact with your gift.

  3. Appreciated Securities:  Many donors choose to make gifts of common stock or other securities that have appreciated in value.

  4. Life Insurance:  Assigning ownership of an insurance policy to the Foundation is an excellent way to help us provide for the future.

  5. Deferred Gifts:  Donors can make gifts in their lifetime which may make them eligible for substantial income tax benefits, while providing generous life income for the donor or other beneficiary.

Consult your attorney or tax advisor when preparing a major gift. We do urge that your gift be unrestricted, to give the Foundation flexibility to use your gift where it is most needed.

Myrene Houchin Hobbs

 First CCHS President

1941 - 1944

Caroline Tweedie North

Second CCHS President

1945 - 1946

E. Madge Waddill McHenry

Third CCHS President

1946- 1948

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