Thank you for being a member of the Troy Historical Society and a Villager. As we write this letter, our historic interpreters have already registered nearly 500 classrooms for Village field trips in the 2019/2020 school year. Your membership dollars buy supplies that bring history to life and make hands-on learning fun and memorable for tens of thousands of school kids.
We are also grateful for your contributions of expertise, supplies, and time. In 2018, THS volunteers contributed 7,750 hours of service. In Michigan, that time is valued at $24.85 per hour, so volunteers have contributed the equivalent of $192,588 to the Village in the past year. While that value is not seen on a profit and loss statement, it is critically important and is recognized and appreciated by the THS Board and Village staff every day.
Our community of Villagers includes THS members and volunteers, as well as business and corporate sponsors, all of whom provide the financial and hands-on fuel that runs the Village. However, we still face financial hurdles, including the loss of grant funds to compensate professional Civil War Days re-enactors and musicians and to develop new programming. So we still need your generous support. As 2019 draws to a close, we ask you to consider making an end-of-year donation to advance education at the Village and in our community. Your gift will support research for new programs, guest speakers, great historic interpreters, and expanded technology that improves visitor experiences.
We have enclosed a summary of our progress during Fiscal Year 2018/2019 to highlight the gains made possible by your financial and hands-on volunteer support. Thank you for being a Villager who makes a difference as a donor and a THS member.
Sincerely, Padma Kuppa
President, Troy Historical Society
Executive Director, Troy Historic Village
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