Legacy Giving

The Increase A. Lapham Legacy Society is comprised of supporters who have made a planned gift to the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association such as a bequest, retirement plan, real estate or other property, life income including charitable remainder trusts and chartible gift annunities, and privately-held business interests. These gifts ensure that Forest Home Cemetery will be preserved and shared with the community for centuries to come. 

An easy way to establish your legacy, is to leave a simple bequest to Forest Home naming the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association in your will. Here is some sample language for a bequest:

"I give, devise, bequeath to the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association, located at 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, 53215, (the sum of $____) or (____% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, real and personal) or (_____shares of ______ stock/corporation) for its charitable purposes."

Forest Home Historic Preservation Association's federal tax identification number is 39-1477238. Please seek the advice of an estate or tax professional for the best options for your planned giving. 

You can contact Sara Tomilin, Assistant Executive Director, at (414) 645-2632 or sarat@foresthomecemetery.com to let us know you have included Forest Home in your will and want to be included in Increase A. Lapham Legacy Society recognition and special events. 

About Increase A. Lapham

Dr. Increase A. Lapham was Milwaukee's first surveyor and was hired to design Forest Home Cemetery. He created the natural, garden design with curved roads, rolling hills and wooded grounds as a place of dignified burial. He is also considered Wisconsin's first naturalist, and his records of weather data helped develop the US Weather Bureau. Lapham Peak state park and several streets are named after him. Increase A. Lapham was buried in 1875 at Forest Home. You can visit his monument in section 24.