Become a Member of Heritage Frederick

For more than 130 years, the generosity of our donors has enabled Heritage Frederick to collect, preserve, and share authentic content and artifacts that connect the public to Frederick’s unique place in history. Only through your financial contributions can we continue to provide resources and experiences through our museum, library, education programs, and events.

With a membership to Heritage Frederick YOU help keep history alive! Just by joining, members make our work of uncovering and sharing the stories preserved within our collection possible.

We invite you to join us to be part of Frederick’s story.

Membership Circles

Heritage Circles

Membership in Heritage Circles ensures long-term financial support for Heritage Frederick. It is an investment in the preservation of Frederick County history, as well as the mission and work of Heritage Frederick. Heritage Circle members pledge to make a meaningful annual donation to Heritage Frederick, for 5 years, giving our organization a powerful tool that helps us plan for our future. Heritage Circle members receive all of the benefits extended to our annual members, plus additional benefits.

Jacob Engelbrecht Circle: $1,000 per year (for five years)

All Benefactor benefits, plus:

  • 1 complimentary engraved brick for the Heritage Garden
  • invitation-only events/sneak previews
  • name listed on Giving Wall

Claire McCardell Circle: $2,500 per year (for five years)

All Benefactor benefits, plus:

  • 1 additional engraved brick for the Heritage Garden
  • rental of the Reed Room or Heritage Garden

Gov. Thomas Johnson Circle: $5,000 per year (for five years)

All McCardell benefits, plus: 

  • 1 additional rental of the Reed Room or Heritage Garden

Loats’ Girls Orphanage Circle: $10,000 or more per year (for five years)

(honoring the female orphans who lived at 24 East Church Street from 1882-1956)

All Johnson benefits, plus: 

  • private tour of the Historic Preservation Center
  • 4 complimentary tickets to fall fundraiser
  • additional benefits customized to your interests*

(*restrictions apply)

Member Levels

FRIEND ($40)

  • Discounted admission to museum and walking tours for the individual
  • 10% discount at gift shop
  • Email newsletter
  • Invitation to the annual membership meeting

FAMILY ($75)

All Friend benefits, plus: 

  • Additional three discounted museum admissions

PATRON ($150)

All Friend benefits, plus: 

  • Complimentary admission for two to the museum and research center
  • Recognition in Annual Communication


All Patron benefits, plus:

  • First access to events and programs
  • Heritage Frederick souvenir


All Contributor benefits, plus: 

  • Behind the Scenes private tour
  • Complimentary property or family research (four hours)