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Urgent Need

The two- and four-wheeled hose carts that have for many years graced the front lawn of the Buena Vista Heritage Museum are showing serious signs of wear. Because the carts have rested on the lawn for several years, lawn sprinklers and snow, as well as the legendary sun and wind of this area, have weathered the wheels of the carts considerably.

Local wagon restoration expert Charlie Abel of Woolly Bear Trading Company works regularly with an Amish friend on such projects. As the craftsmen meet only twice a year to transport wheels and other projects, we’re eager to raise the funds needed in time for the April cycle. Estimates for restoring were requested on two levels: at minimum, stopping the deterioration and, ideally, full restoration. To restore just one cart at the minimal level we needs to raise $1,000; to restore both to the top level would take $5,900.

  Any amount would help!

Financial Donations

If you would like to make a donation to our organization for operating support, an endowment or a property under restoration, simply mail your check to P.O. Box 1414, Buena Vista, CO  81211.

We can also accept your donation by credit card online below. If your donation is in honor or memory of someone, please indicate that so we may acknowledge the gift appropriately.

 Help us maintain our operations, including the BV Heritage Museum.

  Ensure the longevity of BV Heritage.

  We're raising money for exhibits in the freight room.

  For ongoing maintenance needs of the school

Collection Items

If you have items to donate to our collection -- illustrating local history, including agriculture, mining, domestic life or railroads, Buena Vista Heritage would be pleased to receive them. Please contact us at your convenience.


There are many ways to support Buena Vista Heritage. One of the simplest is a bequest. It is also the most enduring way to leave a legacy for yourself or a loved one.

Making a provision in your will for Buena Vista Heritage is a simple process. Bequests can be included when your will is created, or they can be added and updated later by a codicil. The following language may be used in your will when providing a specific bequest for our organization:

I give, devise and bequeath to Buena Vista Heritage, a nonprofit corporation located in Chaffee County, Colorado, the sum of $__________.

If you prefer to state a specific purpose for which your bequest is to be used, please keep in mind that our programs and projects change over time. However, it is our desire that you feel confident your funds be used to benefit the areas you care about the most.

We would be honored to help you craft a bequest that will achieve your objectives. While not necessary, sharing your plans with us during your lifetime gives you a fuller opportunity to decide how your gift can best be used and could encourage others to make similar gifts. We also would like the opportunity to recognize you for your generosity.

If you would like to discuss including Buena Vista Heritage in your estate plans, please contact Kathi Perry or Melanie Roth at 719-395-8458 or

Gifts of Stocks

Gifts of stock (or other appreciated property) entitle you to a tax deduction for the market value of the donated stock. If the stock you wish to donate has been held for more than one year, you can avoid capital gains tax on any appreciation of the stock by donating the stock prior to the sale. Buena Vista Heritage benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from making a contribution that would be larger than what you might have been able to donate in cash.

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is a life-income gift: a charity (like BVH), in return for a transfer of cash, marketable securities or other assets, agrees to pay a fixed amount of money to the donor (like you), for their lifetime. Both Buena Vista Heritage and you can benefit from life income gifts.