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In 1928, the College Heights Foundation sent dime banks to schools across Kentucky. With the slogan, "A Dime Makes a Stock Holder," the Kentucky Building - now home to the Kentucky Museum - was established as a place for "Kentuckians to know Kentucky."

You can help continue this legacy.

While the Kentucky Museum receives financial support from Western Kentucky University for its maintenance and staffing needs, all of our exhibits and programs are funded by people like you. 


Sponsor an Exhibit or Program


Suggested sponsorships are listed below. If you prefer to support a specific program, please write your preference in the "notes" section of the online form or your check.

Specific Programs: 

  • $100 - one WKU Student FunShop
  • $300 - one K-12 field trip (provides class with snacks and gas)
  • $500 - Hammer-In (held in October)
  • $100 to $2,000 - Christmas in Kentucky (held in December)
  • $100 to $1,000 - Felts House Restoration

 General Exhibit Needs:

  • $5 - one pack of Command Strips for art hanging
  • $25 - one can of paint
  • $100 - general supplies and tools
  • $500 - Patron sponsorship of 1 exhibit
  • $1,000 or more - Benefactor sponsorship of 1 exhibit
  • $2,500 - Title sponsorship of 1 exhibit

Click here to make your gift online or send a check to:

Kentucky Museum 

Attn: Tiffany Isselhardt

1906 College Heights Blvd #11092

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Adopt an Artifact


Want to help protect our collections and ensure they continue to be used in exhibits, classroom close studies, and research projects?

Adopt one! 

Adoption levels:

  • $20 - 1 artifact in Political Memorabilia
  • $30 - 1 artifact in Toys and Games
  • $50 - 1 artifact in Sports
  • $100 - 1 artifact in Business, Doll, Music, or Science & Technology
  • $250 - 1 artifact in Fine, Folk, and Decorative Art
  • $500 - 1 artifact in Quilt and Historic Textiles
  • $1,000 - 1 Historic Costume

Click here for the list of artifacts available for adoption.

To adopt an artifact, please donate via this link and write the "Object ID" from the list in the additional information box.


Endowments and Planned Giving

Want to see your gift maximized for years to come?

Endowments, established through one-time, multi-year or planned estate giving, ensure that we have the resources to properly care for and exhibit our collections. Endowments can support any area of the Museum. Our wish list for endowments includes:

Museum Excellence Fund

Curatorial Fund for Excellence


To discuss these opportunities, please call Tiffany Isselhardt at 270-745-3369.


Have questions? Please contact Tiffany Isselhardt, Development and Marketing Manager, at 270-745-3369 ortiffany.isselhardt@wku.edu 





We Are Collecting!

The Kentucky Museum is especially interested in acquiring: historic clothing & textiles, especially quilts, political memorabilia, toys and games, and fine, folk, and decorative arts. The Kentucky Museum Collections Committee reviews potential donations to see if they meet our criteria for acceptance. 
If you have artifacts that you believe would add to the Kentucky's Museum's collection, use the donation form on this website to transmit a description of your proposed donation. If you are unable to complete the online form, contact the Kentucky Museum Collection Curator by E-MAIL or call 270-745-6260.



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Updated on January 14, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! All contributions to the Kentucky Museum are 100% tax deductible. The WKU Foundation will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

Yes. Please follow the instructions in our online form or contact WKU Advancement Services, 270-745-6208, for assistance.

No! You are free to define your own generosity. 

However, if you wish to receive Friends benefits, your gift to the Friends (634005) must be a minimum of $50.

Yes. Please mark your gift as anonymous when donating online, or enclose instructions with your check.

Yes! In the online form, you will need to complete the “Matching Gift Information” section for us to process your employer match. If you wish to give via check, please contact WKU Advancement Services, 270-745-6208, for assistance.



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 Last Modified 1/14/20