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Please join the Friends of the MCEAS


The McNeil Center is the focal point for an extraordinary community of interdisciplinary scholars at all levels in the profession. The bulk of the Center’s resources are devoted to support for graduate students and others early in their careers, but through its conferences and publications, it seeks to enrich the entire field. The Center is fortunate to rest on a solid core of financial support from the late Robert L. McNeil, Jr., the Barra Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and many other generous institutions—not least the members of the McNeil Center Consortium. But the annual support of individual donors is also absolutely vital to the Center’s programs, and many members of our community find membership in the Friends of the MCEAS to be an excellent way expressing their commitment to the Center and its mission. Friends contributions are particularly crucial in bridging the budgetary gap for conferences and publications, and they are the sole source of support for Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellowships, awarded for projects dealing with Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.

So please consider joining the Friends of the MCEAS today. Membership categories and benefits, suitable to a variety of aspirations for life in “the Best Poor Man’s Country,” are as follows:


$20–$74:         Redemptioner (student rate; copy of university ID required)
                        Includes a one-year subscription to Early American Studies

$75–$124:       Friendly Associator
                        Includes a one-year subscription to Early American Studies

$125–$199:     First Purchaser
                        Includes a one-year subscription to Early American Studies
                        and a 40% discount on books published in the Early American Studies series

$200–$499:     Free Trader
                        Includes a one-year subscription to Early American Studies,
                        a 40% discount on books published in the Early American Studies series,
                        and one free copy of an Early American Studies monograph

$500-$999:      Weighty Friend
                        Includes a one-year subscription to Early American Studies,
                        a 40% discount on books published in the Early American Studies series,
                        and one free copy of an Early American Studies monograph

$1,000+:          True and Absolute Proprietor
                        Includes a one-year subscription to Early American Studies,
                        a 40% discount on books published in the Early American Studies series,
                        and one free copy of an Early American Studies monograph

Please click here to make an on-line donation from our secure web site (major credit card required).

Please click here for a printable version of the current membership form.

Friends are also encouraged to consider additional contributions to two special funds:

The John M. Murrin Prize for the best article published annually in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

The Richard S. Dunn Appreciation Book Fund, established by Center alumni to expand the MCEAS library.

Please e-mail mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu for further information.