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You can become a member of the Middletown Springs Historical Society at one of the following levels. Members receive MSHS newsletters and other updates.

  • Individual ……….$10.00 per year
  • Family ……………..$15.00 per year
  • Business ………….$50.00 per year
  • Contributing …..$25.00 per year
  • Sustaining………..$100.00 per year
Large family poses in front of a farm property.  Two show off their bicycles.
An inter-generational group poses in fancy goods at a farmhouse in Middletown Springs around 1890. Photo by Dana Carpenter.
Facility Maintenance volunteers recently repainted the facade of the Elisha Leffingwell tin shop in the Mineral Springs Park. From left are Maureen McCormack, David Wright and Pat Hemenway. Chris Hoyt, the fourth painter, took this photo. The Elisha Leffingwell Tin Shop was moved to the Mineral Springs Park in1991 from its original home on East St. Read more about the building, Elisha Leffingwell, and the project in the Jan.-Feb. 1991 Newsletter.

Volunteers Welcome Here!

Becoming a volunteer in your local historical society is a great way to meet neighbors, make friends and connection with your community!

New volunteer opportunities have emerged since the MSHS Board of Trustees adopted a new Strategic Plan in 2021 to reinvigorate the organization. The plan creates vibrant committees with new goals and strategies. (You can review the plan here.) Find a fit for your skills, interests and enthusiasm by volunteering for one of these committees:

We welcome help on:

  • Education
  • Public Outreach
  • Social Media
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Governance
  • Finance

After committee service, you may want to become a member of the Board of Trustees of this all-volunteer, non-profit organization. (You can review the Bylaws here.) 

Monetary donations help us fund our many activities: Museum collections care; Mineral Springs Park development; Adams House Building maintenance and projects; Education initiatives; and  day-to-day annual budget expenses. Donors also have the option to give to our endowment, the Heritage Fund. Donations of goods and services are also appreciated. Donations to the Middletown Springs Historical Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, are tax deductible. 

The Collections Management Committee meets regularly to consider items offered for the permanent collection. The Museum collects items that document the artistic, agricultural, industrial, religious, commercial, and political history, and the traditions and material culture of Middletown Springs. The Committee also considers the space it has available to safely store items, the amount of care they require, and the possibility of duplication. Donors are asked to first review our Collections Management Policy , and then to contact Collections Manager via the button below.

Circa 1947, swimming hole under Fox Bridge crowded with adults and children.
The Fox Bridge swimming hole at the intersection of West Street and Orchard Road was a popular gathering place. 1947. Photo donated by Aileen Winkopp. This image is from the collection of the Middletown Springs Historical Society. Please credit