Arts, Culture, and Humanities

HENRY CLAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

  • Lexington, KY
  • henryclay.org

Mission Statement

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation exists to promote the legacy of Henry Clay, to share his continued relevance locally and nationally as a great statesman and to preserve his beloved "Ashland" as a testament to his life and his love of Kentucky and the country.

Main Programs

  1. Education and Events
Service Areas

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International

The original Ashland Farm was 600 acres. The majority of the property was subdivided 1920's creating the Ashland Neighborhood, Ashland Park and Chevy Chase. The remaining 17 acres of the Henry Clay Estate serves as a park-like environment for these neighborhoods. However, the mansion, its collections and the legacy of Henry Clay serves an international audience interested in historic preservation and American history.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 2015

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Mr. James M. Clark

Keywords

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National Historic Landmark, Museum, History Education

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EIN

61-0461732

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Foundation's top three accomplishments for 2015 1. Hired an Executive Director with extensive nonprofit experience.2. Programs including Tours remain strong and are poised for growth.3. Created the Kentucky Christmas Market featuring KY Proud vendors and Kentucky artisans -- the inaugural year was a great success. In 2016, we seek to grow our outreach to local and regional schools and home-school networks. We will be reintroducing industrial Hemp to the Estate (Ashland was one of the largest producers of Hemp in Kentucky); and, we will be integrating contemporary art into the Mansion for the first time with the exhibit, The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry & Binding by NYC artist, Camilla Huey.

Programs

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Program 1

Education and Events

Ashland offers a wide variety of educational programs and special events. We serve visitors from all around our nation and the world with tours of Ashland by our knowledgeable docents including the Mansion, outbuildings and grounds. Tours are offered February through December, Tuesday - Sunday on the hour. Ashland offers tours and educational activities for school students throughout the state to help enhance school's core history curriculum while teaching students about the value of compromise in their lives and relationships. Ashland's vast array of special events serves a wide variety in this community and beyond with living history activities including Civil War re-inactors, Clay family history, garden tours, Arbor Celebration to preserve Ashland's 400 mature and historic trees, lighting of Ashland's 140 year-old live Norway spruce tree at holiday time which is free to the entire community. For a complete listing of programs and events, we invite you to visit henryclay.org.

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Service Areas

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International

The original Ashland Farm was 600 acres. The majority of the property was subdivided 1920's creating the Ashland Neighborhood, Ashland Park and Chevy Chase. The remaining 17 acres of the Henry Clay Estate serves as a park-like environment for these neighborhoods. However, the mansion, its collections and the legacy of Henry Clay serves an international audience interested in historic preservation and American history.

Funding Needs

1) Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is replacing the 25 year-old furnace and air conditioning systems which are in serious disrepair. We are installing a new geothermal system for energy cost efficiency and green environmental technology. This geothermal system will also provide a protective environment for the furnishings and artifacts in the Mansion as well as being better for our outdoor environment for the future. Financial gifts are needed to pay for this new geothermal heating and cooling system.2) Friends of Ashland annual memberships - in a city of over 300,000, Ashland has less than 300 annual Friend memberships. Memberships are just $50 per year for single, $75 for family and $125 for family and friend. This is an important source of income for our annual operating budget and much needed for the daily care and maintenance of the mansion, outbuildings and 17 acres of grounds, gardens, 400+ trees and walking paths which are open and free to the public 365 days a year. 3) Henry Clay Society Members - memberships begin at $5,000 and these funds go into our endowment for the long-term preservation of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate as a National Historic Landmark, Museum, and Educational Center for thousands of Kentucky school students and visitors for all around the world. 4) Volunteers - the backbone of Ashland is our over 200 member volunteer force of docents, museum store staff, grounds maintenance, board members, working committees, education and events help.

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HENRY CLAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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HENRY CLAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

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Principal Officer

Mr. James M. Clark

BIO

Clark brings to the Foundation more than 25 years experience in nonprofit arts and cultural management. Recognized as a leader in his field, he has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and on the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. Most recently, Clark served for 12 years as the President & CEO of LexArts, Lexington, Kentucky's United Arts Fund and Local Arts Council. He was the President & CEO of CultureWorks, Dayton, Ohio's United Arts Fund; he was the Executive Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City; Clark also worked in local government in Los Angeles and New York City. Clark has Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from New York University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. A.J. Singleton

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Term: Apr 2015 - Apr 2017

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