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The Campaign for a New Home

The FHS Building on History campaign is a $6.325 million initiative to construct the first building designed to accommodate the collections and work of the FHS. This new 16,750-square-foot facility will advance research, practice, and collaboration by increasing library, archival, and study space, as well as work areas for processing, restoring, and digitizing collections. It will also add an important new multi-purpose meeting space for workshops,  forums, distance learning, and collaborative opportunities at the local, national, and international level.

BUILDING THE FACILITY OF THE FUTURE

Help us build the facility of the future! The new Forest History Society library, archives, and headquarters will be a point of pride for the forest and conservation communities. Nestled on 8.6 wooded acres, this 16,750-square-foot building is the first to be designed from the ground up to accommodate the collections and work of the Forest History Society. It will transform the way we work and contribute to the work of others. We welcome your interest and participation in this historic initiative.

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Board Approves $6.325-million Campaign

In April 2017, the FHS Board of Directors approved a $6.325-million goal for the Building on History campaign to construct a new facility.  Co-Chairs of the Building on History capital campaign, Michael Kelly and Ned Phares, reported Gifts & Pledges received of $4.6 million, and an estimated $825,000 in funding from the sale of the Society’s existing facility, and donated construction materials.  The board also approved for construction to begin in 2017.  The new 16,750-square foot facility will increase the Society’s Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Library from 1,148 square feet to 4,763; the archives from 1,100 square feet to 3,079; and FHS will gain 1,081 square feet of new multi-purpose meeting space, to be known as The Commons.

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The Langdale Capstone Challenge

In May 2017, the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation issued a momentous $250,000 challenge gift, which must be earned by FHS raising $500,000 in new gifts and pledges to the Building on History Campaign by December 2018.  Harley Langdale, Jr. (1914-2013) was a forester, business environmentalist, and former chairman of The Langdale Company who grew the business from a small turpentine and land holding company into a fully integrated diversified forest products company.  Harley, Jr. valued the Society’s work in preserving and helping people use the documents of forest history, and he and The Langdale Company have provided decades of support for FHS.  Calling all donors to help us meet The Langdale Capstone Challenge!

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102 Donors Have Given $4.735 Million So Far

By July 30, 2017, 102 donors had made gifts and pledges totaling $4.735 million.  FHS President Steve Anderson credits former board members Charley Tarver and Mark Wilde, Honorary Co-Chairs of the Building on History campaign.  Wilde and Tarver report that campaign support is strong among current and former board members, with their gifts and pledges totaling $1,587,959 so far.  FHS board member and Chair of In-Kind Donations, Kent Gilges, reports that the new FHS building, destined to be a point of pride, has attracted the attention of eight leading companies so far that are donating over $200,000 in construction materials.  The individual names of all donors making gifts and pledges of $5,000 and above will be recognized on the “wall of gratitude” in the new building.

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    We invite you to join Forest History Society board members and other leaders in the forest and conservation communities in supporting the Building on History campaign.

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  • Inspiring Others – Mrs. Penelope Wilson

    Penelope Perkins Wilson has a deep and abiding love for art, education, architecture, conservation, and historic preservation, and she has found supporting FHS to be a meaningful way to transform those loves into broad impact. The grand-niece of pioneering forestry educator Carl Alwin Schenck, Mrs. Wilson’s support was instrumental in developing and helping the FHS documentary…

  • The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation

    Harley Langdale, Jr. (1914-2013) was a forester, business environmentalist, and former chairman of The Langdale Company who helped to grow the business from a small turpentine and land holding company into a fully-integrated, diversified forest products company. Beginning with one crop of turpentine timber on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in 1894, the…

  • The Gift of a Lifetime – L. Michael and Karen C. Kelly

    Michael and Karen Kelly have no shortage of funding priorities, including college expenses for two daughters, various local and national charities and the building and renovation of a 384-acre farm where, working with numerous local and national rescue groups, they have fostered over 150 dogs to date, caring for them at their own expense and…

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Goal
$6.3 Million

$825,000

In-Kind Donations & Sale of Existing Building

$4,816,195

Gifts & Pledges

$5.4 Million

Thank You To Our Donors

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  • Anonymous
    In Honor of the Paper Industry
  • Atlanta Hardwood Corporation
  • Henry Barclay III
  • William D. Baughman
  • Ann Smith Bedsole
  • L. Tom Birdzell
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Matthew Morse Booker
  • Ronald M. Bost
  • Christopher R. Boyer
  • Lisa M. Brady
  • Edgar B. Brannon Jr.
  • Hayes D. Brown II
  • Steven & Patricia Burak
  • Harold E. Burkhart
  • Margaret W.G. Carr
  • The Cashdan/Stein Great-Grandmother Fund
  • The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
  • The Cherbec Advancement Foundation
    In Memory of Carl A. Weyerhaeuser
  • Norm & Portia Christensen
  • Arthur Cooper
  • Terry S. Collins
  • Truman C. Collins Jr.
  • Columbia Forest Products
  • Christopher Conte
  • Barbara & Tom Cushing
  • In Honor of Herb Winer
  • F.K. Day
  • Lincoln Day
  • The Lynn & Stanley R. Day Fund
  • Stanley R. Day, Jr.
  • Vivian W. Day
  • Doug Decker & Marie Mahon
    In Honor of Howard & June Decker
  • The Driscoll Foundation
    In Memory of Lynn W. Day
  • Thomas R. Dunlap
  • The Elise R. Donohue Charitable Trust
  • Stephen E. Fairweather
  • Susan Flader
  • The Carol & Carter Fox Family Fund
  • Frazier & Deeter LLC
  • Kent Gilges
  • Nancy & Blaine Gaustad
  • Allison Haltom
  • Hancock Natural Resources Group
  • Virginia S. Harrigan
  • In Memory of Dwight Harrigan
  • Gary & Lynne Hartshorn
  • Hancock Natural Resource Group
  • Healey Timber
  • Robert G. Healy
  • The Hearthstone Foundation
  • Joy Hodges
  • Huber Engineered Woods
  • Humboldt Redwood
  • Timothy A. Ingrham
  • Bob Izlar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Hunter R. Jenkins
  • Scott Jones
  • Lucy Rosenberry Jones
  • Richard Judd
  • John T. Karakash
  • L. Michael & Karen C. Kelly
  • Klumb Lumber Comapny
  • In Memory of Buddy Klumb
  • The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation
  • Nancy Langston
  • L. Keville Larson
  • Stallworth M. Larson
  • Russ Lea
  • Louisiana Pacific
  • The Lyme Timber Company
  • Doug & Ruth Ann MacCleery
  • Glenn Mason
  • Scott & Nina McCampbell
  • John P. McMahon
  • Tony & Gretchen Melchiors
  • Menasha Forest Products Corp.
    In Honor of Mark Wilde
  • Brooks Mendell
  • Jean-Claude & Lisette Mercier
  • In Memory of William Duerr
    Peter & Carolyn Mertz
  • Char Miller & Judy Lipsett
  • The MillsDavis Foundation
  • Dick Molpus
  • Susan Ferriers Moore
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • David L. Nunes
  • Rob Olszewski
  • Edward W. & Beverly Phares
  • The Piasecki Family Foundation
  • Vivian W. Piasecki
  • Port Blakely Companies
  • Richard & Rita Porterfield
  • Kurt Pregitzer
  • Cody Reiter
  • The Rhodes Family of Charleston, SC
    In Honor of Dorothy McLeod Rhodes
  • W. McLeod Rhodes
  • Daniel D. Richter
  • David Roby
  • The Rodman Foundation
  • The Rosenberry Charitable Term Trust
  • Ruswood Library Furniture
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roger Sedjo
  • The Sequoia Foundation
  • Seven Islands Land Company
  • Theresa Larson Scheetz
  • William C. Siegel
  • The Simpson Family Fund
  • Sizemore & Sizemore
  • Cherida Collins Smith
  • Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
  • Southern Pine Plantations
  • B. Bond Starker
  • Starker Forests, Inc.
  • George & Emma Steen Family
    In Honor of Harold K. Steen
  • Michelle Steen-Adams
  • Peter R. Stein
  • Donald L. Stevens, Jr.
  • Jeffrey K. Stine
  • Christopher R.W.D. Stroh
  • Structural Wood Systems
  • Superior Pine Products Company
  • Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP
  • Charles M. Tarver
  • Frederick W. Titcomb
  • Blake E. Titcomb
  • Frederick W. Titcomb
  • Third Bridge Group LTD
    In Honor of Mark Wilde
  • Larry Tombaugh
  • Richard P. Tucker
  • Charles & Carol VanOver
  • R. Scott Wallinger
  • The Frederick & Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Foundation
  • George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr.
  • Rick Weyerhaeuser & Annie Brewster
  • Ted & Nancy Weyerhaeuser
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Mark & Mary Wilde
  • Penelope P. Wilson
  • Ed Wilson
  • Herbert I. Winer 
  • Peter H. Wood
  • F. Christian Zinkhan
    In Memory of George M. Zinkhan, Jr
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