Plumb Memorial Tri-Centennial Fund

Plumb Memorial Library.

Part of the mission of Shelton’s public library system is to ensure that residents keep up with our ever-changing society. The Plumb Memorial Tricentennial Fund has been established to assist the Library in achieving this goal.

“The Board of Directors decided in 1976, at the time of the United States of America’s Bicentennial,to invest some of the Library’s funds for 100 years,” explained Barbara Glover, who was a Board member at that time. “The thought then was that a new library would be needed by the time the Tricentennial came along.”

Plumb Memorial Library was originally built in 1895, but after only a decade, the Board of Directors felt it had outgrown its physical space. It would be almost another 80 years before the public would approve funding for an addition. Shortly after that time, the Board agreed to create this fund so that resources would be available the next time Plumb Memorial needed to expand. In 2016 the Library’s current Board of Directors voted to transfer the assets into an endowed fund at the Valley Community Foundation.

Board Treasurer Aleta Miner said, “This is the second fund the Board has entrusted to VCF. The staff at the Foundation has the knowledge to provide guidance as we strive for specific goals. By partnering with VCF, our hope is that others will learn of this fund and contribute to it.”

And in 2076, the Tricentennial of the United States, there will be a welcome source of funding for capital improvements or other needs the Plumb Memorial Library or Huntington Branch Library may have.

“The Library boasts a variety of historic items and periodicals, documenting Shelton’s memorable events and people,” Barbara said, mentioning that people come from all over the country to make use of the Library’s materials as part of genealogy research. “As hard as it might be for some to believe, you can’t find everything on the Internet. This Fund will allow us to help provide support for Library needs for years to come.”

To make a tax-deductible contribution to this fund, please complete the secure, online credit card form below: 


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