Support the Schomburg Center!

The Schomburg Society is made up of committed men and women who are passionate about our mission to preserve the rich history and tell the stirring story of the people of African descent.

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If you wish to make a fully tax-deductible gift, you can waive membership benefits below or click here.

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  • Personalized membership card
  • 10% discount at The Schomburg Shop, in-store and online, and preferred shopping times with an additional discount
  • Access to the Schomburg Connection, our e-newsletter with regular updates on news, programs, and events

All Associate benefits, plus:

  • Discount on select ticketed Schomburg Center public programs
  • 10% discount on general admission LIVE from the NYPL tickets and access to the presale
  • Year's subscription to the exclusive Schomburg Society member newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only exhibition previews

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to members-only VIP events, like author talks and panel presentations
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library’s annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year

All Supporter benefits, plus:

  • 20% discount for LIVE from the NYPL and access to presale tickets
  • Special membership gift from the Schomburg Center
  • Two additional invitations to The New York Public Library's annual Holiday Open House, for a total of four attendees
  • Invitation for two to the annual Book Swap, where members share favorite books and get reading recommendations from NYPL librarians

All Patron benefits, plus:

  • Reserved seating at select Schomburg Center public programs
  • Complimentary invitation for two to attend the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, featuring today’s most exciting writers and thinkers
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Book Swap, for a total of four attendees

All Sustainer benefits, plus:

  • 10% discount on Schomburg Center space rentals
  • Gift a complimentary membership to a friend or family member ($50 Friend)
  • Acknowledgement in the Schomburg Center member newsletter and The New York Public Library’s Annual Report
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, for a total of four attendees
  • Small group research discussions with curators and scholars

All Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour of an exhibition or research division of your choice
  • Complimentary Business Leadership Council membership, where influential executives and leaders discuss market trends, business strategies, and ideas
  • Invitation to an exclusive gathering with Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young and other patrons
  • Private tour during the annual Schomburg Center Open House

All Heritage Circle benefits, plus:

  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour of Schomburg Center collections
  • Invitations to exclusive Gallery Talk receptions
  • Invitation to Lenox and Astor Reading Groups, intimate events held in a private home with a distinguished writer

All Chief's Circle benefits, plus:

  • Gift a complimentary membership to a friend or family member ($250 Patron)
  • Behind-the-scenes consultation or treasures tour with a Schomburg curator
  • Invitation to Cullman Center Luncheons, where Fellows discuss the projects they are working on throughout the year
  • Invitation to attend the Bernstein Award ceremony, a prize given to groundbreaking journalists
  • Private lunch for you and a guest with the Schomburg Center Director

Schomburg Society membership benefits start at $35. Benefits will be matched according to the level of the donation.

Membership Benefits

By choosing to not receive benefits with your membership, your gift is fully tax deductible and you will not receive a member card, invitations to events, e-updates, or be eligible for member discounts.

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