Tara M Stewart
Where to Donate Military Memorabilia
Preserve your family member's history and honor all those who served by donating uniforms, memorabilia, documents and photos.
If you have been struggling with guilt around letting go of old military uniforms because you want to find the best way to honor your family member(s) who served, then this is for you.
Local theaters are a great place to donate historical pieces and a great way to support your local arts. However, local historical societies/museums are also in need of military memorabilia as well.
On one of our most recent projects, our client's husband and father (both of whom have passed away) served in the military. Since both were native to Kentucky, the goal was for their uniforms to remain in Kentucky. Depending on where you live, you will want to give your state a quick google search if your goal is to also keep your items in state.
Maggie, one of our Associate Organizers, worked with Tish Boyer at Frazier History Museum, and after a short waiting time for board approval, they accepted the clothing of our client's father. Not only that, but Tish came and picked up the items and she also offered to have our client call her directly to set up a time for her and her family to visit the museum to see her father’s items on display.
In this case, not only did our client have the uniforms but also photos of her father in uniform, and his rank change papers and honorable discharge papers. Copies of these items will be sent with clothing for display.
Now these items, that used to be collecting dust in a basement, will be on display for others to learn from and connect with in a meaningful way. Along with the uniforms, most museums collect any other evidence of service (such as pictures, documents, letters from time of service, etc.) to help tell more of the story.
In this case, the first call was to The Filson Historical Society. They currently didn't need the items, however they refereed us to Fraizer Historical Museum. Be prepared to send photos of the items so that they can be reviewed by board members.
Sidenote: Sometimes locations already have plenty of items representing that time period, however, they typically can refer you to another organization you might not have thought of.
If you are a fellow Kentuckian, you will find a few options below:
829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
1310 S. 3rd St.,
Louisville, KY 40208
6614 Old Danville Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356
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