Adopt an Object provides the people of Greensboro – individuals, families, organizations and businesses – an opportunity to support very important conservation projects through tax-deductible donations.
The Greensboro History Museum, Inc. houses more than 525,000 archival items in addition to more than 25,000 three dimensional objects. Many of these artifacts require specialized treatment by a professional conservator. Your tax-deductible donation in any amount would help the museum’s mission of preserving the history and heritage of Greensboro.
How to Adopt an Object
Donations can be made ONLINE or via check, credit card or pledge. Questions? Contact Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart at 336.373.2306.
2013 Ready for Adoption
Brass Bugle, circa 1920
Estimated Conservation Cost: $425
Originally owned by Lieutenant Robert S. Campbell, WWI veteran, 368th US Infantry Regiment, this bugle was used by both the African American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars bands for parades and memorial services from the 1930s through the 1950s. Campbell, an employee at the Negro Agricultural and Technical College, (now North Carolina A & T State University) was also involved with the campus Drum and Bugle Corps. (2006.044.0001) ADOPTED!
Civil War Kepi, circa 1862
Estimated Conservation Cost: $1300
Lt. Col. William S. Rankin (1824 – 1899) wore this forage-style kepi, or cap, during the Civil War. Enlisted with 21st NC Regiment, Co. M, known as the Dixie Boys, Rankin participated in many major battles, and was wounded and captured at Gettysburg. The metal “21 NC” sewn to the crown may have been added after the war. (1989.061.0001) ADOPTED!
Oil Painting by Warren Brandt, 1942
Estimated Conservation Cost: $825
Warren Brandt (1918 – 2002), born in Greensboro, moved to New York after high school, studied at Pratt Institute, the Art Students League and was an official portraitist in the Army during World War II. A renown American painter with work in art collections around the world, this painting depicts a busy day at a Greensboro downtown farmers’ market. (1974.060.0001) ADOPTED!
Hilda Lanier Ogburn Sketchbooks
Estimated Conservation Cost: $1,700
Greensboro artist Hilda Lanier Ogburn (1895 – 1984) filled her sketchbooks with figures, landscapes and thumbnail drawings. These were illustrations she would later use in her drawings, paintings and unique “scrap sketches.” (1975.89.4-5) ADOPTED!
Revolutionary War Knit “Liberty” Cap, circa 1781
Estimated Conservation Cost: $6,000
This knit cap was worn by Guilford County militia officer Captain Arthur Forbis who fought and was mortally wounded at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781. According to one military historian, no similar cap from this era has survived. (1926.155.0001) ADOPTED!