COnservation Fund

The Delaware Valley Historical Sampler Guild (Guild) was formed in 2000 and currently has close to 100 members. Members of the Guild share a passion for antique needlework samplers. The purpose of the Guild is to promote the art of historic and contemporary sampler making, pursue and study sampler history and contribute to the preservation of antique needlework samplers.
Members meet on a monthly basis at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, Delaware on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The general public is welcome to participate. Annual dues are $25 payable in January for the calendar year. Meetings are devoted to sharing information, hosting teachers of needlework designs and techniques and hosting guest lecturers on needlework related projects. Guild information including meeting dates and programs is available at or
The Guild's Conservation Fund is supported by a portion of each member's annual dues and members' voluntary donations throughout the year. Conservation Funds are donated annually to a community non-profit committed to the conservation and the general public's education of antique needlework samplers. In previous years, the Conservation Fund has ranged between $500 and $1,000, the amount depending on the number of members and member donations for that year. Conservation Fund monies have been awarded in the past to non-profit organizations and used to conserve a specific antique sampler, offset the cost of seminars open to the public, and to purchase museum quality storage cabinets to protect samplers.
The Guild invites non-profit organizations to submit their written request, on an annual basis, to be considered to receive the current year's Conservation Fund.
Non-profit organizations may submit their request in letter format, to the Guild from April 15th to August 31st by mailing it to :
Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild Attn: Conservation Fund Committee PO Box 1292 Hockessin, DE 19702The following information must be included:a. Organization's name, street address, web address and phone numberb. Contact person's name and contact information
c. Organization's Mission Statementd. Acknowledgement of Non-Profit Status by IRSe. Organization's reason for making the request
f. Description of how the funds will be used, anticipated date of completion, anticipated outcome, etc.Inclusion of documents and photos is acceptable as well as any other relevant information.
Letters of request must be date stamped (by the U.S. Postal Service) by August 31st, to be considered. The Conservation Fund Committee shall review each request and made a recommmendation to the Guild's Board for final approval. In November, the Guild shall notify the awarded organization by U.S. Mail of its selection organizations not awarded shall also be notified by U.S. Mail. The decision of the Guild's Board is final. Organizations are encouraged to submit a request each calendar year, as each year is processed separately

Questions and concerns may be directed to Guild Member, Ann, at 302-678-0108.