Historical Items

If you are interested in donating North Berwick historical related items to our museum or library/archival collection, you can deliver them to the Morrell-Sherburne house during our open hours or by appointment. We can also pick-up donations (even if it’s one photo or item), depending on the distance. Large items will need to be discussed first as our museum floor spaces are somewhat limited. To eliminate any potential conflict of interest, and to comply with tax regulations, the Society cannot appraise donated items with a dollar value. Donors seeking such an appraisal should consult an independent source. We will provide you with a receipt for the donated item(s). The value of such gifts made to the North Berwick Historical Society is tax deductible within the limits of the Internal Revenue Code.



Your paid membership in the North Berwick Historical Society will provide you with many exciting benefits, including but not limited to:

Invitations to programs of historical interest sponsored by the society.
A copy of the society’s newsletter, “The Sponge Cake Review”, (sample of our Newsletter) loaded with informative articles, photos, biographies, and notices of future events.
The satisfaction that you are supporting the appreciation and preservation of our local history.

You can mail a check with membership form to: North Berwick Historical Society, P.O. Box 477, North Berwick, ME 03906.

Click here to print a Membership Form
You can also join or renew your membership by clicking on the icon below and choosing a membership level. Be sure to add all contact information and which method the newsletter is to be sent to you (email or postal) in the PayPal “add – Mail Address/Phone #/E-Mail/Newsletter” section – Thank You!


Cash Contributions

As a nonprofit organization, the North Berwick Historical Society relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses to support our educational programs, library/archival collections, historic properties and museum artifacts. Your generous donation, above and beyond membership dues, will provide critical funding to ensure the continuance of our programs and daily functions. A gift to the society can also be a meaningful way to mark the passing of a friend or family member who has enjoyed our historical properties and/or programs.
To make an on-line tax-deductible donation with a credit card, click on the icon below. You may also mail a check to: North Berwick Historical Society, P.O. Box 477, North Berwick, ME 03906. For more information, email


Stocks, Bonds, Securities, or Personal Property

For some, a gift of appreciated stock to the North Berwick Historical Society may be preferable to a cash gift. Gifting appreciated stocks, securities or bonds to a non-profit group allows the donor to avoid capital gains tax and qualifies the donor to declare the entire full market value of the gift as a charitable deduction.


Real Estate

In the past the North Berwick Historical Society has benefited greatly from donations of real estate. In addition, through a gift of real estate with a retained life estate, a donor can transfer ownership of the property to the Society, yet continue to use and enjoy the property for the rest of the donor’s life. Such a donation with retained life estate also offers possible tax benefits, including a charitable income tax deduction and savings in capital gains and estate taxes.


Bequests and Trusts

Donors may make charitable gifts to the North Berwick Historical Society in the form of a bequest in a will, the establishment of a trust, or other similar financial arrangements. Such gifts can be structured to support the Society’s mission while, at the same time, assuring the security of the donor or the donor’s family.


Your planned gift to the North Berwick Historical Society will accomplish:
A more secure future.
Ability to offer educational outreach and programs for all ages.
Ability to attract and preserve historical collections from our community’s history.
Ability to maintain our historic properties as community landmarks and resources.