• Museum's Fall Fundraiser,November 4
  • The Big Dirty Rock Club
  • Grapes and Grains Festival
  • Gifts and Bequests Information
  • The Museum Becomes More Accessible
  • Volunteer's Corner: A Profile

Fall Edition 2001

Gifts and Bequests

Submitted by Soma Baldwin, Attorney at Law and Board Member

How fortunate we are to be able to participate in the establishement of a Natural History Museum in our community. The Natural History Museum in Santa Maria, is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose mission is "to establish an environment for the interpretation of the natural world available for all who wish to experience it, and to provide education, exhibits, and the opportunity for research in the Santa Maria Valley that will inspire in all a respect for nature and the natural environment."

To achieve these goals, enchance its collections and exhibits, and expand its educational outreach programs, the museum needs the financial assistance of the community.

There are many ways to donate to the Natural History Museum:

Gifts of Cash and Property

The most common method of donating is the outright gift of cash or other property.These gifts can be given in the name of the donor or in memory or honor of another.


Naming the Natural History Museum as a beneficiary of a portion of one's estate in a Will or Trust is another method of donating, called a Beqest. Bequests take effect after the donor has died.


A donor may purchase an annuity (life-income agreement) which provides the donor with a source of income during the donor's life and specifies that the Natural History Museum receives the remainder interest in the annunity to be transferred when the donor dies.

Life Insurance

A life insurance policy purchased on a donor's life may name the Natural History Museum as beneficiary or the owner and beneficiary of the policy. When the donor passes away, the policy proceeds are distributed to the Natural History Museum.

The above are just a few of the ways members of the community can donate to the Natural History Museum.

Such gifts are tax-deductible up to the limits permitted by law. Gifts can also be earmarked for a specific use such as exhibits or educational programs or for whatever purpose the donor desires.

To find out more information regarding gifts to the Natural History Museum in Santa Maria, contact your Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, or call the museum office at (805)614-0806.

Grapes and Grains Festival 2001

Mark your calendars now! The museum is excited to participate in the next Grapes and Grains Festival, sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. October 6 is the date for this local celebration of our wine harvest and a time to explore the rich agricultural and artisitc environment of our region. The event takes place on McClelland Street and at the Santa Maria City Hall The Museum will be open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and we plan to use this opportunity to showcase recent additions to the museum and let visitors know what we've been up to and what we are planning. Stop by and visit the museum!

Museum Becomes More Accessible

The City of Santa Maria, through a Community Development Block Grant(CDBG), is in the process of building an access ramp attached to the museum. This ramp will allow the museum to meet standards set by the American Disabilities Act. With this ramp, wheelchair users, and others whoa re not comfortable climbing the steps to the museum can now enter the front door with ease. This is a much-needed addition to the museum and will assist us in being a resource to the community. If you, or anyone you know, has hesitated to visit the museum due to an inability to negotiate our front stairs, please come and visit now! We hope you enjoy this addition.

More Hours? More Volunteers!

During the summer, the museum increased it's public hours to be open from 11am to 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday in an effort to be accessible to children and families who utilize the public pool and the library on McClelland Street, and to serve tourists to the area. It was a great success. Now that the museum has been open almost 2 years, we would like to permanently increase the amount of hours we are open to the public. Our current voluneteer staff has worked very hard to help the museum increase our open hours for the summer but we need more volunteers to make this a permanent change.

Our next volunteer training session will be Saturday, September 22 from 10am to noon. If you, or someone you know has 2-4 hours per month to share their time with the public, join us for our next training session. Please call the museum at 614-0806 for more information, or come by and visit. We are a great place for learning and teaching and more help is always welcome.

"The Big, Dirty Rock Club"

October, 2001
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm
Ages 8-12 years old
$28 per student($23 for museum members)

As a collaborative team, the Natural History Museum and the Discovery Museum have developed a science-focused afterschool program for students, ages 8-12. The focus of this session will be on geology and fossils. Students will meet at the Natural History Museum on Tuesdays and at the Discovery Museum on Thursdays throughout the month of October. Each session will include a snack, formal discussion on the day's topic with an educator, time for journaling and/or sharing, a hands-on activity and summary/wrap-up time. For more information or to register, call the Natural History Museum at 614-0806 or the Discovery Museum at 928-8414.


Did you know about our science curriculums and kits "Wee Beasties" and Birds in Our Backyards?" Please call the Natural History Museum at 614-0806 for free loans. The "Wee Beasties" kit is designed for 4th-6th grades and the "Birds in Our Backyards" is for 3rd grade. Coming soon, "Rocks & Fossils" kit which is designed for 6th grade.

We Asked. You Answered.

Thank you so much to the following museum supporters for their generous gifts. Your support means a lot to us.

The Morgan Family has extended a long term loan of gorgeous shells collected over the past 20 years from our local beaches and coastline. This loan helps to further enhance the shell collection previously on display. In addition to the shell collection previously on display. In addition to the shell collection, the Morgans also loaned a wall mounted bison head.This is a wonderful addition to our exhibit on California history. The Morgan's specimen provides the museum with another wonderful example of Calfornia's interesting and diverse natural history.

Randy Sharer thoughtfully donated some much needed office supplies.

Ron Villarino of Health Sanitation Services donated the filing cabinet and slide projector the museum requested in our last newsletter.

Ann Cardona of Seagate Co, also donated office supplies to the museum.


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