Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Join & Support

Launched in 2015 to celebrate the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the 1787 Society is comprised of individuals who annually support the Institute and its mission of promoting public service and full participation in the democratic process. The 1787 Society takes its name from the year that the U.S. Senate was created by the framers of the Constitution.

Members of the 1787 Society enjoy unique access to special programming at the Institute, including invitations to special events and opportunities to participate in bipartisan dialogue with respected civic and business leaders around critical issues facing the nation.

1787 Society Member benefits ($225-$999)
• Free admission for two individuals for one year
• 2 guest passes
• 20% discount on gift store items
• Advance notice of upcoming special events, exhibits, and programs
• Special pricing for ticketed Institute events
• Invitation to special members-only events and receptions
• Your name listed in the Institute’s annual report
• Reciprocal benefits at hundreds of museums throughout North America through the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) and the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association® network.

1787 Society Ambassador ($1,000-$4,999)
All Member benefits, plus:
• 2 additional guest passes
• 1787 Society lapel pin

1787 Society Leader ($5,000-$9,999)
All Ambassador benefits, plus:
• Name listed on digital donor wall in the lobby
• Private tour of Institute for you and a guest

1787 Society Champion ($10,000+)
All Leader benefits, plus:
• Two reserved seats at all public programs
• Discounts on facility rental

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