David Davis Mansion Foundation

The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in June 1986. Its mission is to help the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency engage, enlighten and entertain visitors with the stories of the site, of the David Davis household, and of their special relationship with Abraham Lincoln and others.

The Foundation's membership is comprised of mansion volunteers and citizens in communities throughout the nation who support the mansion through private fundraising efforts. Although the State of Illinois provides funding for day-to-day operations at the site, the Foundation plays an important role in several ways including:

  • Publicizing the site
  • Funding educational, volunteer and special events programs
  • Underwriting the cost of acquiring additional period furnishings and landscaping materials to further the site's restoration

The Foundation's contributions have helped improve working conditions for staff and have enhanced the public's enjoyment of mansion programs and exhibits.

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Foundation Information

Corporate Status Private, Not-for-Profit; 501 (c) (3)
Governance Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation (1986)
Total Membership 200 paying memberships; 50 honorary memberships
Member Benefits Museum Shop discounts, invitations to members-only events, discounts on special events, Foundation newsletter

Board of Directors

An all-volunteer Board, comprised of members from the Mansion's corps of volunteers and members of the local community, is responsible for directing the work of the Foundation. Additionally, a corps of Ex Officio members serves with the Board.

Officers of the Board
President Matthew Hany
Vice President Lynda Straw
Secretary Carrie Vogel  
Treasurer John Elterich

Other Board Members
Member at Large Ellen Culver
Member at Large Barbara Ely
Member at Large Linda Groves
Member at Large Tom McCulley
Member at Large Randall Middleton
Member at Large Andrea Norton
Member at Large Gordon Ropp
Member at Large Stewart Winger
Member at Large Linda Beard
   
   

Ex Officio Members
Site Superintendent Jeff Saulsbery
Advisory Council Elizabeth D. Kater
Advisory Council Robert J. Lenz
Research Historian Pat Schley
Programs Coordinator/Clover Lawn Gift Shop Mgr. Audrey Paulson
Executive Director Sheri Brownfield
Board Tenure

Three-year term, limit two terms in succession

Board Meetings

Monthly; General Membership meeting December

Standing Committees

Acquisitions, Financial, Fund Raising, Nominating, Planning, Educational, Programming, Public Relations, Special Events, History

Major Projects

  • Restoration of Sarah Davis's 1870s Garden
  • Microfilming of Davis Family Papers
  • Looking for Lincoln Tourism Program

Fund Raising Projects

  • Glorious Garden Festival Garden Walk
  • Specialized Auto Exhibits
  • Christmas at the Mansions
  • Special Evening Tours/Receptions

Volunteers

  • Guide and host Tours
  • Staff Tour Office
  • Participate in special presentations
  • Help prepare for holidays and special events
  • Work in Sarah's Garden

Publications

  • Clover Lawn: The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site. Pub: David Davis Mansion Foundation
  • Home for the Holidays: A Victorian Christmas Cookbook. Pub: David Davis Mansion
  • Sarah's Garden. Steve McDaniel, Horticultural Historian. Pub: David Davis Mansion
  • Managing Clover Lawn - From Ingredients to Enjoyment: A Guide to the Kitchen of Sarah Davis and the Life that Filled It. Sarah Vales. Pub: David Davis Mansion

David Davis Mansion

1000 Monroe Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Contact Us

Phone: (309) 828-1084
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Wednesday - Saturday
9am - 4pm