FHS’s 75th Anniversary

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In June, the Forest History Society celebrates its 75th year and we have much to be grateful for. The new library, archives, and headquarters will enable the Society to collect, preserve, and share historical collections of all sizes into the next few decades. The building—as well as an expert, dedicated staff and committed Board of Directors—positions us to provide greater access to that history for current and future generations.

Matching Gift Challenge!  
We have a matching gift challenge. Having you renew your support at last year’s level is our first goal. But in honor of our 75th, four anonymous donors have committed $25,000 in matching funds to encourage new and increased giving. Any new or additional gift will be doubled! This means that every dollar you donate above last year’s contribution level will be matched dollar for dollar. If you have already given, then any additional gift will also be matched. If you are a first-time donor, that will be doubled also!

Your gift will help support things including:

  • Digitization of historic photos
  • Conducting oral history interviews
  • Creating digital exhibits
  • Researcher travel grants to FHS
  • Hosting virtual lectures on forest and conservation topics

Challenge Period
The Challenge Period kicks off Monday, June 7, and runs through our anniversary date of June 12, the Day of Giving for Forest History! Please plan your gift for that week and help us meet the challenge amount of $25,000! Don’t worry if you mail your gift. Any response to this letter will help us earn the match as long as it arrives prior to June 30, 2021.

Our Gift to You!
Those making a new, additional, or increased gift this year will also receive a selection of special 75th anniversary items as our gift to you during the challenge period. We know you will enjoy them! Look for details on scheduled events in upcoming emails and social media.

You can give through our secure website by clicking this button.
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  Check out our 75th Anniversary events!

June 8 (Tues.) - 1 pm


“Wings of the Forest” Interactive Raptor Experience
Presented by Noelle Dalhouse, Conservation Coordinator of the Piedmont Wildlife Center
During this 30-minute experience, participants will meet different raptors from Piedmont Wildlife Center and learn about their natural history. You'll get an up-close view of their birds and get your raptor questions answered by Noelle Dalhouse, the Center's Conservation Coordinator. (Click HERE to learn more about the Piedmont Wildlife Center.) Registration for the free Zoom event is required.
June 09 - TBA Join FHS President Steve Anderson for "A Walk Through Forest History" – a guided video tour of our wonderful new headquarters. It's a chance to meet some of the FHS staff.
June 10 (Thurs.) - 1 pm


"Fire Breaks: Fire Suppression, the 'Light-Burning' Controversy, and the Return of Indigenous Flames"
A Presentation by Char Miller
Historian Char Miller will be speaking about this history of fire use by Indigenous populations in what is now California and the impact of fire suppression on the land and peoples. Registration for the free Zoom event is required.

If you have questions about the events or about supporting the Society during this special week of giving, please contact Laura Hayden.