Sponsorships

Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark, designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Guided by Rachel Gilpin and Rowland Thomas Robinson’s commitment to speaking truth to power, today’s Rokeby is committed to serving as a center for the exploration and discussion of contemporary social justice issues.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities and sponsor benefits, please call or email executive director Lindsay Houpt-Varner.

2024 Seasonal Sponsorship

Seasonal sponsors enable Rokeby Museum to provide free and reduced-cost family-friendly activities throughout the year. Activities you will support in 2024 include a seasonal exhibition, lectures, a public reading of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” three free museum days, and free admission on Tuesday afternoons. 

Marquee Seasonal Sponsor — $15,000

This exclusive sponsorship will support programming activities throughout 2024 and the Museum’s commitment to providing equitable access to the site. The Marquee Sponsor will offset the cost of three free museum days—Opening Day, Juneteenth, and July 5—and support the Museum’s free admission program on Tuesday afternoons throughout the summer and fall. 


2024 À-la-Carte Sponsorship Opportunities

2024 Seasonal Exhibition
2024 Seasonal Exhibition Sponsor — $5,000

The 2024 seasonal exhibition Artifacts & Anecdotes: A Behind the Scenes Look at Rokeby Museum, shares the Museum’s staff and volunteers favorite stories from the Museum’s history. 

2024 Programming
2024 Programming Sponsor — $5,000

Support the Museum’s programming throughout 2024. Programs include free museum days, talks and discussions with experts, book groups, and the annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” 

2024 Programming Tent
2024 Programming Tent Sponsor — $5,000

As a small museum, Rokeby struggles to accommodate programs during inclement weather. As the Programming Tent sponsor, you will ensure the Museum has a place to hold all its seasonal programs, rain or shine! 

2024 Preservation
2024 Preservation Sponsors (fulfilled!)

Support Rokeby Museum’s ongoing preservation efforts. Thanks to generous donations from The Patrick Foundation and Peter Swift & Diana McCargo, Rokeby will be starting multiple preservation projects in 2024 on our historic buildings.

2024 Education
2024 Education Sponsor — $3,000 (fulfilled!)

Thank you to Ted and Mary Sapoznik for your continued support!

History is the key to understanding our present and our youth education programs will incorporate the stories of four generations of the Robinson family into conversations surrounding race, social justice, conservation, and literacy. Your sponsorship enables Rokeby Museum to offer free and low-cost youth programming.


2024 Event Sponsorships

Yearly, Rokeby Museum hosts activities and fundraisers to support the Museum’s mission. Event sponsors receive recognition on the Museum’s website and social media pages, acknowledgment on all marketing materials, and during the event. Sponsors also receive tickets to the event sponsored. 

2024 Pie & Ice Cream Social
2024 Pie & Ice Cream Social, August 11, 2024

The Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social is a community favorite! Yards and yards of homemade pies, ice cream, live music, and raffles—a perfect summer afternoon and a delicious
way to support Rokeby Museum! 

GOLD: $1,000
SILVER: $500
BRONZE: $250

2024 Music with the Museum
2024 Music with the Museum, May 30, 2024

This annual fundraiser features music, food, and a silent auction. Funds each year support ongoing activities at the Museum, including preservation, conservation, and exhibitions.  

MARQUEE: $5,000
GOLD: $2,500
SILVER: $1,000
BRONZE: $500

2023 Spirits of Rokeby: Spectral Rooms
2024 Spirits of Rokeby, October 19, 25, & 26, 2024

Robinson House hosts a roving play inspired by the Museum’s spiritualist collection and séances experienced by the Robinsons. This participatory dramatization allows you to witness what an actual séance was like 180 years ago. All sponsors will be recognized during the performance and listed on the Museum’s website and social media. Sponsors donating $500 or more receive six tickets to the performance for a time slot of their choice. Donations of $250–$499 receive four tickets. 

SPIRIT: $2,000
MEDIUM: $1,000
ROWLAND ROBINSON: $500
ANN KING: $250

All Sponsors will be recognized at the Museum with signage throughout 2024. Additionally, you will be recognized on the website, e-newsletter, and social media.

Your support makes Rokeby’s work possible. Thank you!