FW: The Cold War Museum Year End Update, Wish List, and 2010 Accomplishments
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The Cold War Museum Year End Wish List and 2010 List of Accomplishments -
Thank You for Your Support.
Dear Friends and Supporters of The Cold War MuseumR,
I can't believe it has been a year since we signed our lease with Vint Hill
Economic Development Authority (www.vinthill.com) for use of 4000 sq ft of
storage and exhibit space 40 miles from Washington, DC. Now that the county
building permits have been secured, Vint Hill EDA is working diligently on
the building remodel. Our museum design firm, Studio Ammons,
(www.studioammons.com) is in the process of providing a $70,000 in-kind
donation of architectural and design services for our interior exhibits and
ource=CWMemail&utm_campaign=CWT-YE2010> ). However, we need to continue with
our fundraising efforts in order to cover costs associated with our new
home. Below is our year end "Wish List" followed by our 2010 list of
We are constantly asked where our funding comes from and whether we have an
endowment to support our activities. One reporter even asked if we had an
"Angel." We have been very fortunate to have had generous support from a
variety of sources in the past. However, until we have an endowment fund in
place, our resources have to be constantly replenished. So in case you have
not exhausted your charitable giving for the year, now is the time we truly
need your financial support.
I would like to invite you to join me in making a year end tax deductible
donation to help support The Cold War MuseumR. Donations, no matter the
amount, can be sent directly to The Cold War MuseumR, P.O. Box 861526, Vint
Hill, VA 20187, or online at www.coldwar.org/museum/contributions.asp
=CWMemail&utm_campaign=CWT-YE2010> through "GuideStar," "Just Give," or
"Paypal." Remember, since the museum is a 501(C)(3) charity, all donations
are tax deductible.
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not
hesitate to contact me through www.coldwar.org
WT-YE2010> . Thank you and Happy New Year.
All the best,
Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
The Cold War Museum Update
2010 YEAR END DONATIONS WISH LIST
$1500 will provide graphics and text panels for one of our displays and will
list the donor who made it possible. We have ten to twelve displays that
need to be designed, created, and installed such as the End of WWII, Origins
of the Cold War, Domino Theory-Hot Wars of the Cold War, Espionage and
Intelligence Gathering, M.A.D. and Civil Defense, Space Race, Missile Gap
and Bomber Gap, Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Propaganda, The
Berlin Wall, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union-End of the Cold War.
$2500 will provide a conference room table for the research library and a
point-of-sale system for the gift shop.
$2500 will provide gift shop shelving and two computer stations in our
$5000 will allow us to install a state of the art oral history collection
area within the research library.
$10,000 will allow upgrading to museum quality lighting and the purchase of
a photocopier for the research library.
$35,000 will enable us to do everything listed above.
$50,000 will enable us to retrofit our storage facility with shelving,
lighting, and other archival items necessary to properly care for and store
$100,000 will enable us to retrofit our storage facility and hire a curator.
$250,000 will enable us to add state of the art kiosks, interactive learning
centers, and upgrade our exhibits that will help bring the artifacts and
display boards to life so that students will truly have an unique
educational experience to remember.
While I understand that $50K to $250K is a lot to ask for in this context
and that most people would like to see a list of what their contribution
would provide before making this type of donation, I am still optimistic
that I will find an Angel. I need to ask or else I will never know what
would have happened. The museum is so close to opening and yet there is so
much to be done to prepare. Your financial assistance, no matter the amount,
is greatly appreciated.
MUSEUM DESIGN AND BUILDING REMODEL
-Secured $135,000 from Vint Hill Economic Development Authority and $50,000
from Fauquier County Industrial Development Authority to offset the costs
associated with the museum building remodel.
-Received $70,000 in-kind donation of architectural and design services for
our interior exhibits and displays from museum design firm, Studio Ammons.
-Received a $75,000 donation of Helzberg Diamonds display cases that can be
used in our new facility.
-Received a Joint House Resolution (HJ 189) from the Commonwealth of
Virginia for our efforts to locate the museum in Fauquier County presented
by Clerk of the House of Delegates, Bruce Jamerson, and Delegate Scott
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
-Conducted a Cold War Museum Podcast interview with David Eisenhower on his
new book, "Coming Home to Glory," about President Eisenhower that is now
available to be listened to online http://coldwarpodcast.com
-Conducted a Teacher's Institute with the Virginia War Memorial and provided
resource material to over 30 Virginia teachers from around the state for use
in their classrooms.
-Conducted Spy Tours for history teachers from Prince William County Public
Schools, Daughters of the American Revolution (The DAR) National Convention,
the Community College Humanities Association 2010 Southern Division
Conference, and related groups.
-Continued to work with the Diefenbunker Museum in Ottawa, Canada; the
Atomic Bunker Museum in Harnekop, Germany; and the International Spy Museum
in Washington, DC to display some of our artifacts until the Vint Hill site
-Displayed our mobile exhibit on the U-2 Incident at The Virginia Historical
Society (www.vahistorical.org) in Richmond, VA and the EAA Museum
(www.eaa.org) in Oshkosh, WI.
-Traveled to Moscow to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U-2 Incident.
Gave lectures at the Central Armed Forces Museum, the US Embassy, and press
interviews to an assortment of European and Russian media outlets.
-Attended the annual EAA AirAdventure in Oshkosh, WI, the largest air show
in the world. The Midwest Chapter had an exhibit booth set up in hanger B,
the mobile U-2 Incident Exhibit was set up at the EAA Museum, and I gave
numerous lectures, gallery walks, and joint presentations during the event
WEBSITE DESIGN AND COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT
-Updated our website (www.coldwar.org
WT-YE2010> ) and created a space for advertisers. If you would like to
advertise on our website, please let me know. The website update was made
possible by a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (www.virginia.org)
and was done by C. Liston Communication (www.clisotn.com). The museum
website averages over 800 unique visitors per day which equates to over
300,000 individuals, primarily students, visiting the webpage per year and
learning about the international aspects of Cold War history.
-Transferred our $2 million collection from four separate storage facilities
and consolidated into one building. Completed collection inventory of our
rare and unique Cold War artifacts thanks to a three month practicum by a
Public History/Museum Studies graduate student, Kelsey Blair, from the
University of West Florida.
-Loaned items from our collection to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
and Library for use in a Cold War exhibition.
-Received an Affidavit of Incontestability from the United States Patent and
Trademark Office for our trademark, The Cold War MuseumR, and prevented the
cancellation of our trademark by a disgruntled competitor.
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- DoD released on 16 November a 92-page report from 1968 on the
B-52 crash near Thule, Greenland:
- This report on the Thule B-52 crash is great! I mean, not to make light of
what was a very serious situation, but the place where Gen. Richard Hunziker
is complaining about ordeals his team and equipment face in due to the
weather made me laugh outloud: I mean, the man's grater lost a wheel!
Airplanes crashing because someone put seat cushions over a vent and they
caught afire, graters losing their wheels, it must have been enough to make
the general wish he'd joined the Navy instead. :[
2010/12/15 John Young <jya@...>
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> DoD released on 16 November a 92-page report from 1968 on the
> B-52 crash near Thule, Greenland: