Despite moving administrative offices to Philadelphia in 2004, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic has never been identified solely with one locale. Like the people, themes, and geographies that we study, the Society has held conferences across the continent, and the Journal of the Early Republic and the annual conference have embraced broadly defined geo-temporal and thematic scholarship.
Since we are not rooted in a specific place, we have never needed to raise funds for a new building or archival repository. Yet, we still need to plan for our future. This spring, to honor SHEAR’s past and build toward the Society’s future, we are having our first major fundraising campaign in quite some time. The $40-for-40-Years Campaign asks simply that each member donate $40 in honor of our fortieth anniversary meeting, which will be held in summer 2018 in Cleveland. Individually, $40 is not much, but if 80% of members each contributes $40, we will raise over $25,000 towards our Society’s future.
Still, we recognize that some members may want to do more, and we welcome your support. So, we encourage you to be creative. Give $400! Or multiply $40 by the number of years you have been a SHEAR member! Or give for yourself and in honor or memory of someone else! Whatever your gift, all donors will be recognized at the fortieth anniversary meeting. So, thanks in advance for investing in SHEAR’s future.
Craig Thompson Friend, President