Foundation Fundraising Update
Pole Barn Campaign & Giving Tuesday Results
Money In: The Pole Barn campaign launched in 2021 and concluded with a final push on Giving Tuesday this past November, 2022. We set a goal of $25k. During the final push during Giving Tuesday we raised $4,100 for a total raised of $21,105 over the course of the campaign.
Money Out: So far the foundation has contributed $2,250 to pole barn stands, $1,016 on signs and $13,580 on concrete for pole barn pathway expansion/improvements.
If you haven’t visited the Mining & Ranching exhibits in the Pole Barn recently, you should! You’ll be delighted at the amazing work of Museum Staff!
Spring 2023 Fundraiser
Want to know what it was really like in Angels Camp in the 1856? The Museum Foundation is working on a story about a man who came to Calaveras County from Massachusetts with the hope, like so many others, of finding gold and striking it rich. His name was Andrew Galliardo. It’s an account of what life was like then as told through Andrew’s eyes, a prospector who hailed originally from Rehoboth, Massachusetts. This story draws on letters generously shared by the Pierce family, which they had received from Andrew between 1856 and 1858. Keep an eye out for our invite! We're targeting April!
Reimagining the Old Sierra Railway Exhibit
There have been numerous efforts to reinvigorate the museum's Sierra Railway exhibit. The most recent effort was done by the Angels Camp Museum Foundation which started in August 2021. Working with several train enthusiasts both in the surrounding area and the Bay Area and completing a thorough assessment, it was finally determined that while the exhibit was one of the more interesting models, it was so aged that it really needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Major findings include:
We have identified a vendor in Fresno, Monster City Studios, as a resource to build the exhibit (they even have a train enthusiast on staff) and will work with them on a scope of work to attach to a planning grant application the foundation plans to write requesting federal funds from the National Endowment for Humanities. Once a detailed plan and budget are in place, we would apply for the implementation grant. Clearly, this is a multi-year effort; it will be worth it.
If you’re interested in helping to write the grant (next round due in August), develop specifications, or help with any other aspects of the project, please apply here.
In 2020, the Calaveras Community Foundation celebrated their 20th anniversary of supporting the surrounding community and the Angels Camp Museum Foundation is grateful to have been included in this milestone round of funding. Thanks to the $25,000 grant, and the diligent efforts of so many volunteers and others, led by Martin Huberty, Director of the Angels Camp Museum, on April 30, 2022 the community came together for a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting of the new Frog Jump Exhibit.
The grant went towards redesigning the exhibit inside the main building of the museum and adding a new, interactive outdoor installation that depicts the timeline and milestones of the frog jump from its beginnings with Mark Twain’s tale about the ‘Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’ to the first Frog jump held down town on Main Street Angels Camp in 1928. The evolution of the celebration eventually found its permanent home at Frogtown in 1937 with a set day that specified the event be held each year on the third weekend of May.
Bria Heintz, the 8-year-old member of the Calaveras Frog Jockeys team and winner of last year’s Frog Jump competition cut the ribbon and kicked of the festivities of the day with a delegation of real frogs escorted by the fairgrounds’ Frogmobile so kids could get back in the jumping groove just in time for the actual competition coming up next week at the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee! as a preview of the fun to come at the big competition coming up next week!
This year the foundation will pursue 3 grants from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), two of which focus on museum collection cataloging and one focused on an exhibit.
In 2021 The Angels Camp Museum Foundation applied for a $10K google ad grant and we are happy to report that this grant has been awarded! The Google Ad Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations, including many that share Google's philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits. The Foundation is working with a local Google Advertising professional and will be focusing on raising awareness of the museum, promoting exhibits, increasing admissions, and raising funds.