The Washburn Society
The prestigious Washburn Society recognizes a special community of people: the visionary, generous individuals who have included the Museum in their wills or estate plans, or who have otherwise conducted life income arrangements with the institution.
It was created in 2006 and named for Brad and Barbara Washburn, who guided a comprehensive campaign in 1950 to raise money for endowment, buildings, and exhibits, including a bequest program that resulted in a continuing strong endowment. A talented photographer and cartographer, Brad shot photographs that allowed the first full mapping of Mt. Everest and propelled numerous studies of the world’s highest peaks. An intrepid explorer, Barbara was the first woman to scale Mt. McKinley. Their leadership is synonymous with the Museum of Science.
The lasting legacy of bequests and other special gifts to the Museum has laid a solid foundation for future generations to discover science in a fun—sometimes profound—and always personal way. With the first bequest in 1838 by Ambrose S. Courtis, Merchant of Boston, legacy gifts continue to build our endowment and provide critical support in areas of greatest need or to fund innovative initiatives.
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