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.

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With all donation levels, you will receive a photo of your object with an adoption certificate, acknowledgement on our website, newsletter and annual report

$100+

For a donation of $100 or more, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection in addition to the basic benefits

$500+

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

$25

1982 Auburn Astros Cards

Status: Adopted by Kevin Dorsey

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Corn Husk Doll

Status: Adopted by Natalie and Chelsea Crawford

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Mrs. Saunders' Button Bag

Status: Adopted by Janet Graham

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Reunion Ribbons

Status: Available

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Lucas Bros. Brewery Bottle

Status: Available

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Within Prison Walls by Thomas Mott Osborne

Status: Adopted by Rhonda Miller

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$50

19th Century Medical Kit

Status: Available

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Leather Fire Bucket

Status: Available

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WWI Helmet, 27th Infantry Division, Army National Guard

Status: Adopted by Noah Lewis

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Owasco River Railroad Model Locomotive

Status: Available

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Ladies Hat

Status: Available

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Downtown Auburn Photograph, 1906

Status: Available

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$100

Thalofide Cell

Status: Available

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Kalets Coat

Status: Available

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Mastodon Vertebrae

Status: Available

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Civil War Drum

Status: Available

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Martha Jenks Chase Hospital Doll

Status: Available

Cayuga County Bicentennial Quilt

Status: Available

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$500

Case Research Laboratory Archival Collection

Status: Adopted by Dr. Greg Wilsbacher and Ms. Sharon Verba

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Photograph of Harriet Tubman, c1895 | Photography Collection

Status: Available

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Cayuga County Historical Society Collection

Status: Available

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Painting Collection-Fair Haven Beach by Frank Barney

Status: Available

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Civil War Quilt | Quilt Collection

Status: Available

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Clothing Collection

Status: Available

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Please contact Karyn with any questions or if you’d like more information about this program.
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Many thanks to Christopher Molloy for providing his photography services!