Museum Village establishes endowment fund within Community Foundation

Provided photo Paul Campanella, treasurer of Museum Village Board of Directors (left), and Michael Sosler, executive director of Museum Village (right), give Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President and CEO, a tour of Museum Village.

MONROE — Museum Village, an open-air historical museum located in Monroe, recently established an Agency Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.
This fund was created by the staff and Board of Directors to ensure the long-term sustainability of this unique museum that offers visitors the opportunity to explore vignettes of 19th century American life.
Museum Village was established in 1950 by Roscoe William Smith with a vision to educate generations of Americans about the work and life of their ancestors.
His work was not in vain with the museum in its sixty-eighth year of successful operation. The establishment of the fund within CFOS is sweetened by the contributing force of the late Mr. Smith’s granddaughter Nan Russell and her husband Pat, who feel a special connection with the museum and property. Nan had a close relationship with her grandfather and remembers fondly the time spent with him and his eclectic collection of historical pieces.
“The establishment of this fund furthers the legacy of Roscoe Smith and his vision of 'Old Museum Village of Smith’s Clove,'" said Michael Sosler, executive director of Museum Village. "This will also prove the endurance of Museum Village and will allow us to continue into the future. This endowment is being set aside to maintain the buildings and protect the valuable assets of this museum. Because of the generosity of Nan and Pat Russell, future generations will enjoy this remarkable 19th Century Living History Museum for many years to come."
About Museum VillageMuseum Village is a living history museum preserving a vast collection of eclectic, 19th century artifacts for educational purposes. Using these artifacts and reproductions, we provide hands-on experiences and exhibits illustrating the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America, provoking thought and discussion about history.
About Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
Contributions to the fund may be made to CFOS-Museum Village Fund and sent to the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 203, Montgomery, NY 12549. Secure online donations can be made online at
The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and gifts are tax deductible. Since inception, the Foundation, with its donors and fund representatives, has awarded more than $11 million in grants and scholarships, including more than $500,000 in scholarships just this year. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan has established more than 300 charitable funds that support animal welfare, arts and culture, community initiatives, education, the environment, health and human services, recreation and youth. For more information about the Community Foundation call (845) 769-9393 or visit