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1922 Legacy Society

When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a great outdoor museum of trees. A century later, his vision and generosity have enabled millions of people to experience the benefits of spending time among trees and nature. Having recognized a need for a place where trees could be treasured and studied for the well-being of people and the environment, Mr. Morton’s legacy is still growing strong.

The Morton Arboretum established the 1922 Legacy Society (formerly the Arborvitae Society) to honor those who, like Joy Morton, have committed to leaving a legacy—an indelible mark on the Arboretum’s future—by including the Arboretum in their wills or estate plans. Members of this distinguished group will receive invitations to exclusive donor events, a 1922 Legacy Society membership pin, and acknowledgement (unless they wish to remain anonymous) in annual contributor listings and on the donor wall in the Visitor Center.

Membership in the 1922 Legacy Society is open to all who notify the Arboretum that they have included The Morton Arboretum in their estate plans. If you would like to learn more about the 1922 Legacy Society or making a gift to the Arboretum in your estate plan, please contact Jessica Anderson, major and planned giving officer, at (630) 725-2146 or




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