There are several ways for you to become involved at the David Davis Mansion. As we strive to provide educational programs and tours for historic site visitors, it is only due to the assistance of our members and volunteers that we are able to expand and further develop the program offerings. If you are interested in finding out how you can be a part of the David Davis Mansion, please click on one of the links to the left for more specific Membership, Volunteer, and Internship information. Join the David Davis Mansion Foundation today and help us work to keep the facility open!
We invite you to give yourself a "gift of history" by joining the David Davis Mansion Foundation. Your gift will help to preserve the unique legacy that David Davis (Lincoln's friend and campaign manager) left behind. It will also ensure that future visitors, both young and old, will have a chance to experience a remarkable moment in time-when Illinois stood at the crossroads of the nation's history.
Your gift entitles you to a 10% discount on all purchases in the museum shop. You will also receive invitations to lectures and members-only events, along with discounts on special programs and publications. Please join us today by downloading and returning our Membership Form or Contribute Online.
Your membership will help us to underwrite these current projects and reach our program goals:
Lincoln Bicentennial Programs
- Visiting Lincoln scholars
- Exhibit: 8th Judicial Circuit, (Guy Fraker & Stewart Winger, curators)
Audio Tours and Lincoln Exhibits-New
Sarah's Garden-Educational programs; research; publications; annual maintenance of rare, heirloom plants
Educational programs-School Field trips, special programs, and classroom presentations
Looking for Lincoln-Statewide tourism initiative: Lincoln exhibits and educational programs.
Christmas at the Mansions-special evening tours
Research, Transcription & Digitization:
- David Davis family correspondence
- Publish research & give access via internet
Please click here for a printable version of our membership form to enclose with your check.
The David Davis Mansion Foundation is an IRS Code Section 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your generous contributions are eligible for tax deduction to the full extent allowed by law.
The David Davis Mansion needs you. When you join the Mansion's volunteer corps, you become a part of history. Volunteers are absolutely vital to the Mansion's successful operation. They expand our resources, create and strengthen our ties to the community, and bring new skills and a fresh perspective to our programs. As interpreters of the Mansion's past, volunteers have a chance to make a lasting contribution to the visitors' appreciation of American history. Volunteers may also help to preserve the Mansion as an essential cultural and aesthetic resource, making the community a better place to live.
Provide guided, interpretive tours of the Mansion. The interpretation includes family and social history, architectural and decorative arts information, and political history, including the relationship between the Davis family and Abraham Lincoln.
Greet visitors as they arrive at the Visitor Center, organize tours, and help with special assignments.
Volunteers also participate in a variety of educational programming and special events throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to participate in Mansion activities a minimum of 4 hours per month.
Interns at the David Davis Mansion are involved in all aspects of the museum profession. Each program is designed to fit the needs of the site and intern, assuring an interesting learning experience that also meets staff needs. For further information or to schedule an interview, contact Jeff Saulsbery, Internship Coordinator, at (309) 828-1084 or by mail at:
The David Davis Mansion
1000 Monroe Drive
Bloomington, IL. 61701
- Education programs designed for specific age groups
- Interpretation of the site on daily tours.
- Administration of the historic site and assistance to the staff.
- Computer assistance and formatting
- Historical research
- Special event programming and participation
- Marketing and development
- Assistance to curator of collections and archives
Your Membership gift to the David Davis Mansion Foundation will help us underwrite current projects, further develop educational programming opportunities, sponsor Davis Mansion events, support research and maintain digitized correspondence. The David Davis Mansion Foundation is an IRS Code Section 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your generous contributions are eligible for tax deduction to the full extent allowed by law.
For your contribution, you will receive a 10% discount at the Museum Shop, invitations to special member-only events and lectures, and the Clover Lawn Newsletter.