Old Sturbridge Village hosts several special donor events throughout the year to honor those who play an important role in furthering the long-term success and fiscal health of the Village and to make new friends for the Village.
Old Sturbridge Village Gala
Old Sturbridge Village’s Gala is one of the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising events, celebrating the museum’s patrons, members, and friends during a lively evening of delicious food, live and silent auctions, and celebration.
Save the Date for our 75th Anniversary Celebration Gala: June 4, 2022. More information coming soon.
If you have immediate questions or wish to support the Gala, please call 508-347-0294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award
Celebrated documentary filmmaker Ken Burns returns to Old Sturbridge Village, where he made his first film, to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of history through the arts.
Past recipients include:
- Norm Abram (2018)
- Cokie Roberts (2016)
- John Williams (2013)
- Tom Brokaw (2012)
- Sam Waterston (2011)
- Doris Kearns Goodwin (2010)
- Laura Linney (2009)
An invitation-only annual event honoring a leading figure in the world of antiques collection and restoration. Please call 508-347-0294 or email email@example.com for more information about joining the celebration.
Past recipients include:
- Miguel Gómez-Ibañez (2019)
- Dennis Fiori and Peggy Burke (2018)
- Phil Zea (2017)
- Nancy Coolidge (2016)
- Jonathan Fairbanks (2015)
- Martha Hamilton (2013)
- Ron Bourgeault (2012)
- Abbott Cummings (2011)
- Brock Jobe (2010)
- Jane C. Nylander (2009)
Joan M. McGrath Memorial Dinner and Lecture
A memorial dinner and lecture bringing distinguished speakers to Old Sturbridge Village. Named in honor of the Village’s longtime volunteer and Chairman of the Overseers, Joan M. McGrath, who passed away unexpectedly in 2018, this memorial event continues Joan’s vision of a Distinguished Speaker Series, which she began in 2013.
Past speakers include:
- David McCullough (2019)
1946 Circle Appreciation Evening
An exclusive appreciation event for members of Old Sturbridge Village’s 1946 Circle held every December during Christmas by Candlelight. For more information about joining the 1946 Circle, please call 508-347-0294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exclusive appreciation dinner for members of the Village’s Federalist Society.
The earliest years of the American republic are often referred to as the Federal period. In the years just after American Independence, those who advocated for the ratification of the Constitution and a vigorous national government were called Federalists. They were particularly strong in New England.
Today, more than 200 years later, members of the Federalist Society at Old Sturbridge Village are still leaders—major supporters of the museum and advocates for the importance of history in our lives today. Please join us for a dinner to honor our Federalist. More details to come soon!
Cornerstone Circle Evening of Appreciation
An annual event celebrating members of the Cornerstone Circle. Learn more here or call 508-347-0207.