Together, we can beat the heat!

About the Project

It's the dog days of summer and the two of the three HVACs that preserve the history of the entire community need to be replaced. Unlike the way you heat and cool your home, the museum's collection need to be maintained with constant temperature and humidity controls 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Replacing these HVACs will cost $17,000.  So far we have already raised $7000.  

Sandy Spring Museum cares for thousands of objects, photos, journals, letters, paintings and more on behalf of the community.  Treasures include all of the minutes from the longest-running social clubs in the United States (more than 150 years of minutes from the Sandy Spring Farmers Club, the Women's Mutual Improvement Society, and others); family documents from as early as the 1720s, including letters, deeds, contracts, wills, and diaries; more than 4000 photographs of houses, businesses, individuals and families, and landscapes; maps and deeds; manumission papers, and many more irreplaceable items.  

Stewardship of the museum collection is one of our greatest collective responsibilities.  We take seriously our obligation to provide proper physical storage, care for the collections, and associated documentation. We hold the museum collections in trust for the public.  

It's up to all of us to care for the community's history.  Can we count on you to play your part?  

What this project includes:

    • Remove and dispose of existing units
    • Permit and inspection
    • (2) 16 SEER A/C system with electric heat and steam humidifier 
    • Upgrade electric with 30 amp circuit breaker
    • Labor and materials to install new units, duct, electric, controls, water, condensate lines and refrigerant lines 
    • Temperature controls reconnect to existing
    • Cut, patch and paint walls as needed
    • Warranty. Startup and test. Cleanup. 


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We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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  • Donate $15 or more

    Receive a folding map of the Sandy Spring community based on a watercolor painting by artist Miche Booz.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
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    Receive a watercolor print of the Sandy Spring (the spring around which the community was built) painted by Miche Booz, the architect of Sandy Spring Museum.
    Amount over $1 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Want to see what's behind the closed doors at the museum? The collection! Most museum's exhibit only about 2% of their collection at any given time. See the collection that we're caring for on behalf of the community.
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  • Donate $500 or more

    Learn more about your own history. Is there anything in the collection that was donated by your family? We will conduct a search to identify artifacts and archival materials related to your family history. If any items are identified, you will be invited for a private viewing at the museum.
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  • Donate $1,500 or more

    Want your story preserved for future generations? Everyone's story is part of the community's history. We will conduct an oral history with you (or the person of your choosing), transcribe the interview, and give you a copy of each and keep a copy in the museum's archives. This offer applies only to people living within the historic Sandy Spring area (which is all of the communities located within 6 miles of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House).
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$10,112.10 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 32 days ago

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