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Support the History Program

The History Department fulfills Miami University's mission of promoting liberal education by transmitting a sense of the past to new generations, especially the many heritages of the people of the United States and the diversity of people throughout the world. The department works to transform students into life-long, independent learners, responsible, morally committed professionals, and thoughtful citizens. Faculty present scholarly research in the classroom and in the wider world of the public to help frame local, national and global issues.

Through the generosity of donors to the History Department, we can continue to expand opportunities for Miami students. Please consider how valuable a resource the program is to our students and help us continue these efforts with a gift.

There are several ways you can help us.

Unrestricted Gifts
These gifts allow us to apply your gift to the area of greatest need.

Designated Gifts

  • Provide funding to offset travel expenses for students to visit museums and historically significant sites in the United States and abroad, especially in small-enrollment seminars.
  • Create a classroom enrichment fund to support the purchase of films, specialized library materials, and new classroom technology.
  • Contribute to scholarships to reward the very best students in History. This may include a donation to an existing History scholarship fund: Fred B. Joyner Memorial Scholarship, James Watson and Lois George MacDonald Scholarships, Boyd and Carol Shafer Scholarship, A. Dane Ellis Scholarship, and the Mary E. Brandon Essay Prize.
  • Sponsor a speakers fund for topics related to any aspect of history. This could include a donation to one of our existing funds: the McClellan Lecture Series for lectures and symposia on a wide variety of topics proposed by department faculty, or the Manning Morgan Memorial Lecture fund for programs on public history topics.
  • Support the rising generation of teacher/scholars with grants to help them travel to archives to do research or to present their work to colleagues at professional conferences. This could include a donation to an existing fund or a gift to honor a History Department faculty member who had a lasting impact.

Please contact Evan Lichtenstein at the Miami University Division of University Advancement at 513-529-1263 to find out how you can provide support for these areas.

How To Make Your Gift
Please make your check payable to the Miami University Foundation, designate History Department on the memo line, and send to:

Department of History
c/o Miami University
725 E. Chestnut Street
Oxford, OH 45056

Or give online. Visit Miami's secure, encrypted online giving form.

Stock/Appreciated Assets
Donors may transfer assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, or real estate as gift commitments. The benefits of transferring appreciated assets may include tax deductions and the avoidance of capital gains tax. Please contact Evan Lichtenstein in the Miami University Division of University Advancement at 513-529-1263 for further information.

Estate or Deferred Gifts
An estate or deferred gift to the Miami University Foundation designated for the History Department can allow you or your advisors to incorporate future support for Miami University into your individual financial planning strategies. Please contact Evan Lichtenstein in the Miami University Division of University Advancement at 513-529-1263 for further information.