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Endowment Profile- M. Holmes Russell

Spring Appeal

It's your support that keeps the Lewes Historical Society a premiere institution. The Lewes Historical Society will work with you and your advisors to design a plan that achieves your financial and philanthropic objectives. Gifts can be wonderfully simple, flexible and easy to make.

You may have received something in the mail about our spring appeal, but if not you can donate here: shop.historiclewes.org.

Holmes Russell was dedicated to Lewes and The Lewes Historical Society.  The Russell family has deep roots in Lewes with one of Holmes’ ancestors, Phillip Russell, owning the Society’s Ryves Holt House in the late 1600s.  The last to bear the name Russell and live in the City of Lewes in an unbroken line of family members stretching back to the 17th century, genealogy was a passion of Holmes and the important research he did into the family line will live on forever in our archives, thanks to generous gifts from both Holmes and his estate.

A former Board member, Buildings & Grounds Chair, Endowment Chair, docent, and baker of world-famous black walnut cookies, Holmes left a lasting memorial to Lewes and his family by establishing a named fund at the Society in his estate plans.  Interest from his fund will forever be dedicated to helping maintain our grounds – a true of love of Holmes’.

The Lewes Historical Society, owing to its tax-exempt status, receives the full benefit of all bequests. Making a planned gift through your will or other instrument is perhaps the easiest way to make such a gift to the Endowment. For more information, please contact your estate planner, attorney or financial consultant. If you wish to notify the Society of a planned gift so we may acknowledge it, please contact Mike DiPaolo at (302) 645-7670.