The Sharon Historical Society & Museum collects, preserves and shares Sharon’s stories. 

The vision of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum is to maximize the power of personal and community stories and shared history to enrich and impact lives by serving as

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[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]A caring steward of historical collections that engages audiences with authentic objects and the stories that they tell. [/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]A thriving center for research and learning that inspires historical understanding and civic pride.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]Committed to expanding public access to information through its collections, exhibitions, and programs, and the creative use of technology.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-caret-right” type=”icon”]An active collaborator and contributor to our community and field.[/list_item]


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Business Model

We serve an audience that is defined as “the Sharon community” and consists of Sharon residents of all ages and backgrounds. We place a high value on our service to students at the Sharon Center School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School, and museum colleagues primarily within the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Corridor. By maintaining a content-rich website and through our regular use of social media, we reach out to non-local audiences that are interested in the history of Sharon and the programs available through the Sharon Historical Society.

The programs we offer include school programs, a newsletter, exhibits (on-site and online), publications, a website, field tours, DVDs, social events, and a social media presence that includes but is not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and HistoryPin.com.  Other programs include fund raising events, lectures, The Gallery SHS program of changing contemporary exhibiions, a volunteer and intern program, research opportunities, a book store, and genealogy and historical structure assistance.

Our funding comes from private donations and membership dues, fund raising event revenue, and project-based grants.

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