Museum as a Non-Profit

The Museum as a Non-Profit Organization



Organizational Structure -The museum is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, managed by a full-time Administrator. It is governed by a volunteer, 24-member Board of Directors who serve for 3-year terms. An active volunteer staff of over 50 individuals conduct tours and perform needed tasks in support of museum operations and special events.
A variety of programs are currently underway at the museum. These include efforts involved in the restoration of the mansion and adaptive restoration of the Carriage House.

Research – Research based on the archives of the museum and the expertise of the staff and volunteers, can be performed for a nominal fee. This capability is limited and sufficient time should be allowed for the completion of these tasks.

Volunteer – More than 50 people have joined the volunteer staff of the museum. New members are welcome. To participate, please call the Director at (812) 283.3728 to find out when a training class will be scheduled or to offer your specific talents.

Funding – The interest from a generous endowment from Mrs. Frances Howard Kohlhepp (great-granddaughter of the founder of the shipyard) provides restricted funds for capital improvements to the museum. Operational revenues are obtained from donations, tour admissions, gift shop sales, special events and memberships. Begun with a bequest from Jane Duffy Comstock, an Operating Endowment has been established with the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. Prospective donors to this fund are encouraged to contact board member Damon Massey at 502-625-9191 or the Foundation at 812-948-4662.

Donations and bequests are gratefully received. The Clark County Historical Society/Howard Steamboat Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Therefore, your gift may be tax deductible. Kindly contact your tax consultant for details.

The museum receives no regular federal, state, county or city tax dollars. Occasional grants from a variety of entities are used to fund special projects.

Wish List – The museum always has basic needs to function properly.  We are grateful for all the support we receive from the community and our guests.  However, there are a number of things we need for daily operation.  If you have these items or know of someone who may be willing to donate them to us, we would be very appreciative!

Office Supplies

  • Printer Cartridges HP 60XL Black, HP 60XL Color, and HP 61XL Black, HP 61XL Color)
  • Printer Paper
  • Ink Pens (Black)
  • Paper Clips
  • Tape
  • Post-it-Notes
  • Stamps (Forever stamps, preferred)
  • #6 ¾” Envelopes
  • File Folders (standard Manilla and Hanging)
  • Staples
  • 2 Computers
  • 2 Monitors
  • Office365 for Business

Housekeeping and Household Supplies

  • Coffee (Reg. and Decaf)
  • 2 Vacuum Cleaners
  • Window Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Paper Towels (regular)
  • Paper Towels (for electronic dispenser)
  • Cleaning Buckets
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Garbage Bags (Kitchen size and full size)
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Napkins