New Exhibit and Research Archive
Attendance to the Museum has grown steadily since its opening on 11/11/11. Donations of uniforms, personal stories and other items have grown. We have completed Phase 1 (primarily items manufactured in Michigan) and Phase 2 (personal stories of Michigan residents who served and sacrificed), but have run out of room With the new exhibit area, we will feature rotating displays. Some of the proposed topics include WWI (since 2014 is the 100th Anniversary of the start), Propaganda used in wartime and the story of 4 Hamtramck brothers who served in different branches, one of whom who was a chaplain.
Also with the donations are letters, pictures, company newsletter, technical manuals, diaries and other period items that are invaluable to people doing research about this time period.
First, a door will be constructed at the end of the hallway to section off the Research Archive from the area that has been utilized by Kids Club sponsored by a local Model Club. Then the area needs a fresh coat of paint. Then a networked computer system will be added, connecting the catalog room and the Research Archive so that multiple users can access the system at once. Next, all of the shelving needs to move into the hallway that will make up part of the Research Archive. Once cleared out, the work on the Exhibit area begins with paint and slatwall that will form the basis of a flexible display area that will allow us to rotate different topics much easier than we can in the main area. Four other displays will be built as well as a raised platform to highlight different types of materials.
The amount in this campaign is strictly the cost of the materials and operating costs of running the Museum. Phase 1 and 2 were constructed completely with donated labor. We also keep our costs of material very low as well. The Research Archive was jump started last year, when the President won a GSA Auction for a rolling file system for only $10! The catch was that it had to be dismantled and picked up from Mid-Michigan (over 10 hours in all). Boy Scout Troop1927 as one of the member’s Eagle Scout project then installed it. Our displays that receive rave reviews by others in the Museum industry are modified Ikea closet organizers with glass by a local glass company, saving hundreds of dollars over the ones in Museum catalogs.
Give $5: Postcard featuring a Museum Exhibit
Give $15 Above + Name Listed in Research Archive Honor Roll
Give $25: Above + 1 year Membership & Invite to VIP Reception
Give $50:Above + MI Abrams print signed by Artist Karen Randall
Give $100:Above + Name Listed in Exhibit Honor Roll
Give $300:Postcard featuring a Museum Exhibit, Name Listed in Exhibit Honor Roll
2 year Membership, Invite to VIP Reception, Plaque on Display (4 available)
Give $600: Postcard featuring Museum Exhibit, Name Listed in Exhibit Honor Roll
2 year Membership, Invite to VIP Reception, Plaque on Computer (3 available), MI Abrams print signed by Artist Karen Randall