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Planned Giving

Retirement Plan Assets

"When someone supports a museum, she helps educate the world."

Ann Creager, Paintings Conservator

Karen is a professor of English literature and art history. She is creating a legacy at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

She says, "I've made a gift in my will to the Museum dedicating half of my retirement account for the purchase and care of artworks for the museum's permanent collection."

After a lifetime as an educator, Karen's bequest will perpetuate the values and ideas that are important to her. In her teaching she emphasizes the full story of American art from the Hudson River School to modern art which doesn't get as much emphasis in world art history texts. She loves modern art as well as the American illustrators. Her spare time is often devoted to historical and local art museums. She says of her gift, "When someone supports a museum, she helps educate the world."

Including the museum in your estate plans is a great way to preserve your cultural values for the next generation. The development office is available to discuss how easy dedicating your retirement account to the Museum can be at 202-633-8420 or by e-mail.

Pictured: Ann Creager, Paintings Conservator