Hall of Fame's Roosevelt project needs help!
March 09, 2011
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On Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 4, 2010, William Mulligan, a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, announced he would donate $10,000 to the important effort to examine, identify, categorize, maintain, store and digitize more than 8,000 photographs and 3,500 press releases saved from the demolition of Roosevelt Raceway.
But Mulligan's donation had one catch -- his contribution was contingent on the Museum receiving double that amount from outside sources, especially individual donors. The museum is now within reach of this significant challenge with only $1,000 needed to knock on Bill’s door!
The project is estimated to cost $157,000. Currently $59,419 has been realized in individual donor support together with $35,000 in grants from funding institutions.
Primary processing and digitization has been completed on all of the photographs, negatives, press releases and notes contained within the invaluable press files rescued from Roosevelt Raceway’s press office. All that remains is to make the information and images produced accessible through data entry on the Museum’s historic collections software.
By Hall of Fame weekend, Sunday, July 3, the Museum's trustees and project donors will be taken on a virtual tour of this one-of-a-kind collection preserved through grants and the generosity of individual donors. Completion of this stage will open the way for commencement of the project’s exhibit and publication phases.
In-depth information on the project, work schedule, funding categories and an application form can be found at http://www.harnessmuseum.com/images/roosevelt2010.pdf. All contributions to this important project are tax deductible and contributions can be sent to the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, or received by phone at (845) 294-6330. (Hall of Fame)