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The Calaboose Museum is only made possible through the efforts of our local community. Whether it’s donations, memberships, volunteer docents and board members, there are many different ways to support this museum. 



The Calaboose African American History Museum is a vital part of the community in San Marcos and Hays County, preserving and telling the stories about the many experiences, accomplishments and contributions of African Americans. CAAHM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit funded by grants and donations. You can contribute to this important work by becoming a donor.

Suggested levels of support:

  • Student (12-22 years old):  $10

  • Individual or Family:  $35

  • Non-Profit Organization, Service Club:  $50

  • Association or Business:  $200

  • Benefactor:  $500

  • Partner:  $1,000


Do you like jazz? You can earmark your contribution to support the Eddie Durham Jazz Fest that takes place each year in October. Join the Jazz Club!


Currently, the best ways to donate to the Calaboose is using the donate button below, in person upon visiting us either at the museum or at one our events or mailing in a check to CAAHM, PO Box 481, San Marcos, TX 78667. As we look forward to expanding these options, you can stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter here.

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Our volunteer docents are the front line of the daily operations of the museum. They support us by serving as museum/event staff, guiding tours, and welcoming guests as they enter the museum. If you’re interested in becoming a docent, please email us at


Board Members

The museum is sustained by a team of loyal community members who dedicate their time serving as a part of our Executive Board. Members of the board are voted in and serve two year terms in which they assist with event planning, fundraising, and curating the museum exhibits. Learn more about our board members here.

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