The Saint-Gaudens Memorial and the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site enjoy a unique partnership. The Saint-Gaudens Memorial was established in 1919, twelve years after Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ death, to preserve his works and estate. In 1964, in order to more effectively ensure the maintenance of the Saint-Gaudens estate and allow the Memorial to carry out a wider range of its mandated purposes, the site (including all structures, works of art and furnishings) was donated to the United States for public ownership. The following year, the U.S. Congress passed legislation establishing the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. It is one of only two sites in the federal park system devoted to an artist with a collection of the artist’s work and it is a place of extraordinary character and beauty.The National Park Service is charged with the ongoing maintenance and management of the site, which draws over 40,000 visitors each year. The Trustees of the Memorial, in addition to other activities, initiate, sponsor, and fund the programs offered at the site for the benefit of the public.
The Saint-Gaudens Memorial remains a private, not-for-profit organization. Although it works in close cooperation with the National Park Service, the Memorial is autonomous in its charter, organization and decision-making powers. Most of the Memorial’s funding comes from income generated by the Memorial’s endowment. It is supplemented by individual contributions and Friends memberships and, from time to time, by limited funds which are generated by a portion of the Memorial’s original endowment (now held in trust by the National Park Foundation) and disbursed to help pay for special projects of the Memorial and National Park Service. Additional funding for special projects is also sought from foundations, corporations, and individuals. If you are interested in supporting the efforts of the Memorial, learn how to become a Friend of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial. Please visit the park’s website for more information about the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.