Adopt an Artifact

The Cayuga Museum holds tens of thousands of objects that tell the story of Cayuga County, but we have room for only a very small percentage to be on display at any given time. The rest of the collection is kept in storage where proper protection and care are necessary to preserve objects for the future. To help us care for the collection, please consider participating in our Adopt an Artifact program. 

Choose an object to adopt from the list below. Your tax deductible adoption donation will go directly to the collections fund, helping us purchase archival supplies such as document boxes, folders, and shelving.

-With all donation levels, you will receive a photo of your object with an adoption certificate, acknowledgement on our website, newsletter and annual report.
-For a donation of $100 or more, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection in addition to the basic benefits.
-For a donation of $500 or more, you will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection, as well as the option to choose a topic to be featured in a mini exhibit in the third floor community room.

1982 Auburn Astros Cards
$25
Status: Adopted!

Adopted by: Kevin Dorsey
Corn Husk Doll
$25
Status: Adopted!
Adopted by: Natalie and Chelsea Crawford
Mrs. Saunders Button Bag
$25
Status: Available
Grandma’s Pudding Stick
$25
Status: Available
Lucas Bros. Brewery Bottle
$25
Status: Available
Ivanhoe Onion Jar
$25
Status: Available

General John S. Clark’s Epaulettes
$50
Status: Available
Leather Fire Bucket
$50
Status: Available
WWI Helmet, 27th Infantry Division, Army National Guard
$50
Status: Adopted!
Adopted by: Noah Lewis
Owasco River Railroad Model Locomotive
$50
Status: Available
Ladies Hat
$50
Status: Available
Downtown Auburn Photograph, 1906
$50
Status: Available

Adopt an artifact in the $100 level and you will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection in addition to the certificate and photograph.

YMCA Camp Crate
$100
Status: Available
Untitled Watercolor, Robert Goodnough
$100
Status: Available
Mastodon Vertebrae
$100
Status: Available
Revolutionary War Drum
$100
Status: Adopted!

Adopted by: Robert & Corliss Hunter
Martha Jenks Chase Hospital Doll
$100
Status: Available
Cayuga County Bicentennial Quilt
$100
Status: Available

Adopt a Collection
The following objects represent the sub-collections with the highest need. Your $500 donation will cover the cost of boxes/folders/tissue/etc. as well as new shelving units to hold the collection. You will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection, as well as the option to choose a topic to be featured in a mini exhibit in the third floor community room. 

Case Research Laboratory Archival Collection
$500
Status: Adopted!

Adopted by Dr. Greg Wilsbacher and Ms. Sharon Verba
Photograph of Harriet Tubman, c1895 | Photography Collection
$500
Status: Available
“Jane Clark” by Julia Ferris, 1897 | Cayuga County Historical Society Collection
$500
Status: Available
“Sophie Soule” by Sheldon Peck, 1830s | Painting Collection
$500
Status: Available
Civil War Quilt | Quilt Collection
$500
Status: Available
Clothing Collection
$500
Status: Available

Please contact Karyn with any questions or if you’d like more information about this program.

Many thanks to Christopher Molloy for the photographs used on this page.