Adopt an Object

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.

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Pair of lions originally from Bellemeade, 1860
Estimated Conservation Cost: $9000

Since 1983 the lions have decorated the Summit Street doors to the museum, becoming the face of the institution. Manufactured by James, Beebe & Co., Bronx, New York, the lions are cast iron painted to look like bronze. They previously graced Bellemeade, the home of Harriet Eliza and Henry Humphreys Tate. When the house was demolished in 1954, many of its furnishings were donated to the museum, along with the lion sculptures.

Portrait of “Jed” Lindsay, circa 1840
Estimated Conservation Cost: $2000

This oil painting on canvas by an unknown artist was donated to the museum in 2018. Its subject, Jeduthan “Jed” Harper Lindsay (1806-1881), was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He and his brother Jesse gave land for the church building and cemetery. Both are buried in the cemetery, as are their parents.

Map of North and South Carolina, 1775
Estimated Conservation Cost: $1600

Drawn by Henry Mouzon Jr., this map was used extensively by American, British and French forces during the American Revolution. General Nathanael Greene and Lord Charles Cornwallis surely studied their copies closely before the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781, and the Mouzon map continued to be the best source of information about the Carolinas for several decades after the war.

Disfranchisement Document, circa 1890
Estimated Conservation Cost: $550

This rare document contains the names of over 600 African American voters registered in Greensboro. The local Democratic Party apparently produced the list for registrars willing to prevent black citizens from voting, a right guaranteed to them by passage of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870. Visit http://archives.greensborohistory. org/digital/disfranchisement for more information about the document and its historical context.

Mark Iddings Clothing, circa 1814
Estimated Conservation Cost: $2200

According to Armfield family tradition, this clothing was a militia uniform worn by their ancestor Mark Iddings (1784-1848), a Guilford County Quaker. An attractive homespun cotton tailcoat, a linen neck stock and drop-front cotton pants form the ensemble. (1939.510)

Watercolors of John & Nancy Logan by the Guilford Limner, 1827
Estimated Conservation Cost: $975

These watercolors are among over 70 attributed to the “Guilford Limner,” a traveling artist who produced much of his work in this area. In addition to displaying the artist’s unique skill, these paintings provide a window on life in Guilford County at the time through clothing, furniture and the items held by the subjects. (1939.135.1; 1939.144)

Zachary Taylor Daguerreotype, circa 1847
Estimated Conservation Cost: $3200

This daguerreotype of President Zachary Taylor is likely among the earliest photographs of him, probably taken soon after his return from the Mexican War. Although it shows Taylor in civilian dress, it became the basis for an engraving of him in military uniform. (1973.208.1)


To learn more about objects that have been already been adopted and conserved, visit our page about Conserved Objects.