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Marion Galbraith Merrill WebEach of us leaves a legacy through a lifetime of words, deeds and accomplishments.

You may include the Vermont Historical Society in your legacy in many ways. The best option for you depends on your goals, whether it's to remove taxable assets from your estate, generate income, reduce your taxes, or make it possible to support the VHS more than you can during your lifetime.

Planned Gift choices can include: wills & bequests, gift of retirement plan, gift of life insurance, charitable gift annuities, or charitable trusts. For more information on these options, please contact Tori Hart at (802) 479-8516;

Federal ID #: 03-0179602

We take responsibility to contributors seriously and use donated funds wisely. If you wish to donate in the form of stocks, trusts, life insurance, bequests, etc. please obtain professional counsel before making a gift.

Join our Legacy Circle

When your will or estate plan includes the Vermont Historical Society, you may, if you wish, become a member of the Vermont Historical Society Legacy Circle. Benefits:

  • A Vermont Historical Society Legacy Circle membership certificate
  • Invitations to special Circle programs
  • Inclusion in Legacy Circle member list
  • You'll inspire others to give the gift of history to future generations, and your legacy will live on

Meet some of our Legacy donors

Marion's love of Vermont lives on with her gift

Marion Galbraith Merrill WebMarion Galbraith Merrill loved Vermont. Though she lived the last years of her life elsewhere, she never forgot her beloved state. When we received the news of her passing, we knew Vermont had lost a devoted friend. Even after her passing, however, Marion gave the gift of history to future generations by including a bequest to the Vermont Historical Society in her estate plan.

A 2009 celebration of Marion's life included a piece written by a good friend of Marion's, which noted that "The Vermont character is part of her personality DNA. The motto of Vermont is 'Freedom and Unity' and this just about says it all. Marion has cherished her freedom, freedom to make up her own mind, and she has striven all of her life for unity, unity of all peoples without regard to race, religion, class, education, social status or sexual orientation....freedom and unity; this is the Vermont spirit that has lived for 95 years in Marion."

Thank you Marion—we are honored and proud that you chose the Vermont Historical Society to carry on your Vermont spirit.


alan-weiss-for-webIn Alan Weiss' own words:

"I was a history teacher and had a great love for civics and U.S. history. I taught at Northfield High School for a number of years, and I became part of the Northfield Historical Society and was president for a good number of years.

I realized the importance of collections, maintaining them and making them available.

I have had major interest in historical societies and been involved with the Vermont Historical Society. I saw the VHS newsletter notice about buying a computer, and I thought 'that makes sense,' and I did that.

Then, I thought that with the few assets I've managed to accumulate, 'What better way to use them than for an organization that will be here forever. . . and that meets the tenets of preserving, collecting and utilization.' As I was changing my estate plan, I decided I would like to support that going forward. You [VHS] do great things!

Based upon my experience, I heartily wish other like-minded folks will include VHS in their wills."

Thank you Alan—we are very grateful for your generous gift that helps preserve history for future generations.


Nick and Carol Muller

NickCarolMullercropped 250forweb"I believe most of us leave our legacy though strengthening institutions that project our values, what we hold important, and secure them for future generations.

For that reason, Carol and I have named the Vermont Historical Society as a beneficiary of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust.

We want to assist those who follow us to understand their heritage as part of valuing and understanding themselves, and in Vermont, the Society does that the best." —H. Nicholas Muller, Honorary VHS Trustee

Thank you Nick and Carol—we appreciate your commitment to preserving our heritage for the future.

Meet our staff

Any member of our development staff can help you find out more about your giving options. We'd love to hear from you!

For a confidential, no obligation discussion any of these options, please contact any of us.

ToriHart116Tori Hart, Development Manager
Phone: (802) 479-8516

Tori came to the Society with experience in both the museum and development fields. She has a Master of Arts Degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and previously worked in the development departments at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and Norwich University.

Tori enjoys sharing her passion for history and museums with VHS members and the Vermont community.

She resides in Randolph with her husband, John, and daughter, Lilliana.


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Diane Campbell, Development Assistant
Phone: (802) 479-8503

Diane Campbell has worked for the Vermont Historical Society since 1995. Her position as Development Assistant has evolved over these 18 years, and her expertise and knowledge is a valued resource for the VHS members, staff and trustees alike.  
Diane’s responsibilities include: membership and donor record keeping; maintaining the Society’s primary database; performing general secretarial work for the Development department and board of trustees; recruiting, training, and coordinating the VHC front desk and History Expo volunteers.
She lives in Barre Town with her husband, Sandy. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her children and grandchildren.


When you contact us, there is no obligation, and your inquiry will be kept confidential. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to ensure that the option you choose is the best for you.

Federal ID #: 03-0179602

We take responsibility to contributors seriously and use donated funds wisely. If you wish to donate in the form of stocks, trusts, life insurance, bequests, etc. please obtain professional counsel before making a gift.

Thank you!