Remember the past to spark the future

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EIN: 25-6057815


The Clinton County Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Clinton County.

Ruling year info


Board President

Bonnie Hannis

Main address

362 E Water St

Lock Haven, PA 17745 USA

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Subject area info


Historic preservation

Population served info


NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clinton County has a long history, full of people and places who have contributed to both national and international events. Yet, that history can be lost to the passage of time. The CCHS works to preserve the buildings where so much history has occurred, while also sharing the stories of Clinton County's people. This addresses several problems. CCHS preserves two buildings on the National Historic Registry, as well as three other properties; shares often forgotten stories of people in a largely rural area having a global influence; and helps others research their own pasts and genealogies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Collect artifacts relevant to the history of Clinton County

The Clinton County Historical Society collects and preserves artifacts relevant to the history of Clinton County

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of requests for data

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of requests for data refers to the number of requests the organization receives for help in researching local history

Number of public events held to further mission

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Population(s) Served


Related Program

Collect artifacts relevant to the history of Clinton County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Free monthly programs on the Second Sunday of each month February-December highlight different segments of Clinton County History. We coordinate with other local historical societies in programming.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The CCHS's goals, all derived from its mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Clinton County, are as follows:

1. Collect and preserve artifacts relevant to the history of Clinton County.
2. Encourage research into local history.
3. Maintain Clinton County Historical Society owned structures and sites.
4, Recommend the preservation of other historical structures and sites.
5. Present educational programs.
6. Cooperate with other organizations interested in historical preservation.

Many of CCHS's goals can be met through the development of relationships with other historical societies in the area, as well as other community organizations. This is being done through direct contact with those organizations, as well as joint events. This is not only a strategy to deal directly with the goal to cooperate with other organizations, it indirectly improves CCHS's ability to collect and preserve artifacts, encourage local history research, recommend the preservation of other historical structures, and present educational programs. CCHS has also begun an effort to fully evaluate its collection and our its properties, to ensure their quality and their importance to county history. Finally, the organization is increasing both fundraising and marketing efforts, in order to raise the funds needed to meet these goals and to increase awareness of the county's history.

CCHS has developed partnerships with local genealogical societies, other historical societies, and community organizations, which allow the organization to develop and maintain a collection with relevance to Clinton County, as well encourage research into local history. The organization also has a volunteer member who helps individuals (often from outside Clinton County) that are researching local history. While maintaining CCHS properties through the work of the historical society's members and part-time staff, the organization also provides information and recommendations to other organizations or individuals with questions about historical properties in the county. Finally, the historical society holds regular educational programs (Second Sunday programs) that are free and open to the public. Meeting these goals is possible largely based on volunteer willingness and community support; the society will be able to continue to offer our current level of work based on that support, but to truly grow, CCHS needs to hire a full-time staff member.

CCHS recently went through a strategic planning process, and, as a result, developed a facilities master plan to ensure that the society maintains and preserves its five historical properties; began a process of evaluating its collection for quality, historical relevance, and fit with the mission; and developed a new fundraising and marketing strategy. CCHS continues to hold educational programs and continually works to provide Clinton County residents (and visitors) new information about the county's history. In the future, CCHS hopes to go from a totally volunteer run organization to an organization with full-time staff. The organization is making strides in that area, through a partnership with AmeriCorps to have part-time AmeriCorps members staff the Heisey Museum. Much of CCHS fundraising is geared toward raising the funds to pay staff members to provide tours of the 5 properties.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27.70 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of CLINTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $36,807 $60,591 $24,676 $113,447 $110,083
As % of expenses 81.3% 124.8% 47.6% 192.9% 228.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $20,770 $42,997 $5,482 $94,504 $89,901
As % of expenses 33.9% 65.0% 7.7% 121.5% 131.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $76,975 $95,730 $91,433 $156,749 $129,078
Total revenue, % change over prior year 8.7% 24.4% -4.5% 71.4% -17.7%
Program services revenue 20.6% 19.4% 23.8% 11.1% 14.7%
Membership dues 7.3% 1.7% 2.2% 1.7% 1.6%
Investment income 3.8% 2.8% 4.4% 6.2% 6.0%
Government grants 13.0% 22.4% 21.9% 12.8% 37.4%
All other grants and contributions 61.2% 46.0% 45.8% 62.5% 39.9%
Other revenue -5.9% 7.7% 1.9% 5.7% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $45,255 $48,539 $51,793 $58,812 $48,218
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.7% 7.3% 6.7% 13.6% -18.0%
Personnel 17.3% 16.8% 14.2% 10.7% 7.3%
Professional fees 18.0% 16.1% 22.8% 11.9% 29.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 1.2% 3.0% 3.3% 3.1% 1.9%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 63.5% 64.1% 59.7% 74.3% 61.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $61,292 $66,133 $70,987 $77,755 $68,400
One month of savings $3,771 $4,045 $4,316 $4,901 $4,018
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $7,670 $0 $10,000
Fixed asset additions $38,542 $67,878 $20,882 $0 $34,258
Total full costs (estimated) $103,605 $138,056 $103,855 $82,656 $116,676

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 8.6 6.4 3.1 7.7 9.9
Months of cash and investments 37.6 37.5 33.8 49.6 76.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 97.0 95.1 88.2 97.8 135.7
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $32,558 $25,923 $13,328 $37,869 $39,703
Investments $109,076 $125,898 $132,590 $205,087 $268,049
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $506,235 $574,113 $594,995 $611,476 $618,096
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 29.9% 29.4% 31.6% 33.9% 32.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.1% 5.2% 4.2% 3.9% 2.6%
Unrestricted net assets $706,907 $749,904 $755,386 $849,890 $939,791
Temporarily restricted net assets $5,694 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $5,694 $0 $0 $1,095 $1,396
Total net assets $712,601 $749,904 $755,386 $850,985 $941,187

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Board President

Bonnie Hannis

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/21/2023
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Board chair

Bonnie Hannis

Bonnie Hannis


James Berkebile

First Vice-President

John Gradel


Pete Smeltz

Second Vice-President

Marchal Rote

Recording Secretary

Maribeth Hanna-Long

Corresponding Secretary

Ronna Thompson

Assistant Treasurer