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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, we must seek private-dollar support to fund our exhibits and programs. Our  Friends group provides annual support, but we also have funds specifically for collections care and exhibits.


Sponsor an Exhibit or Program


Updated on October 14, 2019

Suggested sponsorships are listed below. For more information on the program, click red link to download the PDF.


Education Programs:

  • Christmas in Kentucky - $500-2,000
  • Field Trips for K-12 - $3,000 per year
  • WKU FunShops - $100 per shop ($1,200/year)
  • Camp Scholarships - $150 per child



Click here to make your gift online. 



Adopt an Artifact

Updated on October 14, 2019

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.

For questions or more information, call Tiffany Isselhardt at 270-745-3369.



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


Preserving Our Treasures Fund

To discuss these opportunities, please call the WKU Foundation at 844-WKU-GIVE (958-4483)


Prefer to give via check? Please make all donations out to "WKU Foundation" and specify the area of support in the notes section. Send your check to: 

Kentucky Museum

Attn: Tiffany Isselhardt

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Have questions? Please contact Tiffany Isselhardt, Fundraising Coordinator, 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.



Dime Tin 1928


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 10/14/19