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About Us

The American Friends of the Charles Dickens Museum is a new platform to strengthen links to Dickens enthusiasts in the United States of America. A great number of visitors to the Museum come from the United States, and the Museum has strong links to U.S.-based organizations such as the Dickens Project Santa Cruz, The Dickens Society of America and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts. There are also many U.S. branches of the Dickens Fellowship. Dickens is widely taught in schools and in higher education, and annual performances of Dickens’s works keep the memory of the writer and his novels alive in the general public.

Join the American Friends now and support the Charles Dickens Museum and its mission:
- for the continued enjoyment and appreciation of Dickens’s works
- for the dissemination of Dickens’s educational and social vision
- for the protection of one of the greatest literary homes in England.

Charles Dickens lived here

Become an American Friend of the Charles Dickens Museum and support our mission to promote Dickensian ideals of education, community and art. The only surviving home of Charles Dickens in London, the Museum reaches a wide range of audiences and offers a unique environment for the appreciation and interpretation of Dickens’s works.

Why become a Friend?

If you want to make a lasting contribution in the wider community, The Charles Dickens Museum is just the place to support. The Museum is the world’s finest collection of artifacts pertaining to one of history’s greatest philanthropists and social writers. We are dedicated to promoting his vision. Your involvement will make a real difference in this small institution, so your Friendship will go a long way.

How much does it cost?

Our annual membership rates are:
Individual $30
Student $15
Benefactor $500
Corporate Benefactor $2000

How will my contributions be used by the Museum?

The American Friends of the Charles Dickens Museum organization has been set up for two purposes: to help the Museum’s ongoing curatorial and educational programs and to sponsor specific projects. The American Friends will work jointly with the UK Friends (Est. 2004) in raising funds from annual subscriptions. With these funds, the Friends have supported the creation of new displays, the redevelopment of the garden and the educational outreach facilities. Your annual subscriptions will be added to this fund which is crucial in making the Museum a more attractive and successful organization.

I would like to join the Friends and make a major donation. How should I do this?

You can contact Fred Schwarzbach, the President of the American Friends in New York, at fss3@nyu.edu, or the Strategic Director of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

What are the benefits?

As a Friend, when you visit London, you will be entitled to free admission to the Museum for yourself and two companions, and you will also receive a 10% discount in the Museum shop, which will soon be online. You will receive a letter acknowledging your contribution and a copy of a guide to the Museum when you join and you will have access to our exclusive Friends’ product range.

Are there other benefits?

Yes. The American Friends of the Charles Dickens Museum is now registered as a 501(c)(3) charity with the Internal Revenue Service. Your contributions to the American Friends of the Charles Dickens Museum are fully tax deductible.

The American Friends of the Charles Dickens Museum
Fred Schwarzbach, President

Membership donations should be sent directly to:
Michael Rectenwald, Treasurer
Liberal Studies Program
New York University
726 Broadway
Suite 634
New York, NY 10003