Education Fund

Every year fewer and fewer school children visit the elegant and historic Fenton Mansion.  Local school districts and their teachers are often forced to forgo field trips by no choice or fault of their own due to time and financial restraints.  Help us assist our local teachers in their important work!   

Children’s minds come to life when they visit the museum or experience the Fenton History Center’s Moving Museum in their classroom.   This experience ignites a passion for learning, allows our educators to reach children who have difficulty focusing on their studies and  is doubly meaningful for children that come from families that do not visit museums, public galleries or attend other community events.   

In addition to ensuring area students are able to visit the Fenton Mansion and can experience educational services such as the Moving Museum, we desperately in need your financial support to reinvigorate the Fenton History Center’s current exhibits.

As a museum and as an educational platform, it is essential that our exhibits are brought into the 21st century.  National statistics report that the average visitor spends less than 10 seconds looking at an exhibit before they decide to read further.   Your donation can help the Fenton History Center remain relevant in today’s technologically driven society. 

Donations can be made in person, by phone during Monday from Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at (716) 664-6256, or by mailing a personal check or a certified money order to the Fenton History Center at 67 Washington Street in Jamestown, New York.

Individuals who would like to show ongoing support to the Fenton History Center’s Education Fund can:

  • Donate stock or appreciated securities directly to the Fenton History Center and avoid paying any capital gains tax that would have been due had you sold the stock.
  • Take advantage of The Pension Protection Act of 2006, that enables certain IRA owners to help their favorite non-profit organizations now through December 31, 2007 without onerous tax complications. (Please check with your CPA or accountant as to eligibility.)
  • See if your employer or company may support a matching gifts program.

For more information about any of these options, please call Joni Blackman, Director at the Fenton History Center, (716) 664-6256 or by email at 

We would like to take this moment to thank you for your support of the Fenton History Center.  You are the backbone of this organization, a valuable part of the ongoing work of the Fenton History Center.

Thank You!