Associates of the Spirit of America Collection

In early America, Benjamin Franklin and his fellow civic-minded colonists formed voluntary associations to improve society in early America. Franklin encouraged the establishment of libraries in order “to render the benefit from books more common.” Today, the Associates of the Spirit of America Collection is a new voluntary effort in support of the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection at the FAU Libraries. Marvin Weiner collected rare early American and European books dating to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries to replicate the libraries of founding thinkers like Franklin. In 2006 he donated the collection, which is unique in the American southeast and of national importance, to FAU.

As a Member, you help support . . .
1. Preservation and access for this amazing collection about America’s origins
2. Public exhibitions that make the Spirit of America available to the South Florida community
3. Public lectures in the library and beyond
4. Fellowships for scholars visiting and using the collection
5. Educating the next generation about the ideals and struggles of the nation’s founding


Annual Membership Levels and Programming

Franklin’s Apprentices $25/year for students; $100/year for the general public
Invitation to collection events such as lectures and exhibits
Adams’s Delegates $250/year
Early invitation to collection events such as lectures and exhibits
Jefferson’s Cabinet $1,000/year
Preferred seating at lectures and priority status at events
Invitation to a guided tour of exhibits related to the collection
Washington’s Inner Circle $2,000/year and above
All of the above benefits
Invitation to an exclusive yearly salon where patrons can learn from experts and interact with the material more closely
Benefactors can choose a volume to sponsor from our “Adopt-a-Book” program.

Additionally, all Associates of the Collection will, with their permission, be recognized on the Weiner Collection website.

Adopt-a-Book Program $500 donation. See our catalog of books available to adopt Adopt-a-Book Catalog 2018.

Through our Adopt-a-Book program, benefactors can choose to sponsor an item from the collection, helping to support the preservation of these fragile treasures. The benefactor’s name will be placed on an electronic bookplate in the library catalog. To donate, go to Weiner Associates and contact Dr. Adrian Finucane (afinucane@fau.edu) for further information. 

Members of the Associates of the Spirit of America Collection

 

Franklin’s Apprentices

 

            Peter and Anne Valentine

            Jeffrey Rubin

            Alan and Maxine Bueller

            Arthur Winston

            Jack Spiegelman

            Isadora Freedman

            Howard and Carol Wulfson

            Marshall Sigel

 

Adam’s Delegates

 

            Ronald Gots

            Michael and Marlene Goss

 

Jefferson’s Cabinet

 

 

Washington’s Inner Circle

           

            Howard and Judith Weiner

            Herbert and Sheila Weiner

 

Adopt a Book

 

            Ellen and Wayne Zuskin

            Michael Horswell

             Herbert and Sheila Weiner

 

HOW TO JOIN THE ASSOCIATES

 

Joining the Associates is an easy, 2-step process:

 

STEP 1. Make your donation at https://fauf.fau.edu/WeinerAssociates  to the Howard and Judith Weiner Spirit of America Advancement Fund.

 

or

 

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to the FAU Foundation and write HUM 745 on the memo line. Please also include a short note stating that you would like this contribution to go into “HUM 745, the Howard and Judith Weiner Spirit of America Advancement Fund.” This should be sent directly to:

 

            FAU Foundation Inc.

            777 Glades Road, ADM 295

            Boca Raton, FL 33431

 

STEP 2. Contact Dr. Adrian Finucane at afinucane@fau.edu  or 561-297-3951 to get your name on the mailing list.

 

 

HOW TO ADOPT A BOOK

 

Choosing to Adopt a Book is a simple three-step process:

 

STEP 1. Choose a book you would like to adopt from this catalog.

 

STEP 2. Make your donation of $500 at https://fauf.fau.edu/WeinerAssociates  to the Howard and Judith Weiner Spirit of America Advancement Fund.

 

or

 

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to the FAU Foundation and write HUM 745 on the memo line. Please also include a short note stating that you would like this contribution to go into “HUM 745, the Howard and Judith Weiner Spirit of America Advancement Fund.” This should be sent directly to:

 

            FAU Foundation Inc.

            777 Glades Road, ADM 295

            Boca Raton, FL 33431

 

 

STEP 3. Contact Dr. Adrian Finucane at afinucane@fau.edu  or 561-297-3951 with the name of the book you wish to adopt. 

Memberships are active for one year after the date of joining the Association. You will receive an invitation to renew at the conclusion of your membership year. Associates names will be made public and may be listed in publications such as the History Department Annual Newsletter unless they request to remain anonymous.