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.
Pole Barn Campaign
The museum is currently partially ADA compliant, and we’re raising funds to bring it into compliance. The museum has recently added a blacksmith shop adjacent to the other three artisan exhibits (woodworking, printing, weaving), showcases various artifacts from the gold rush era, and is one of the few places in California where you can find authentic artifacts from that time period. A favorite activity is the gold panning station just outside the pole barn.
If you’re interested in donating towards this project, please visit our donation page.
Pole Barn Campaign Update
Now 55% of Goal!
To date the latest Foundation campaign to benefit the Mining and Ranching Building (aka the Pole Barn) has brought in $14,214.25 which includes $1,250 raised from the Foundation’s lecture series.
We plan to kickstart our 2022 efforts with more “What the Heck is That?” and “Bet you didn’t Know” fundraising campaign emails and hope to reach our $25,000 goal by July – 1 year after we began.
The generosity of our members, lecture goers, and other supporters has been remarkable and greatly appreciated! THANK YOU! If you haven’t been to the Mining & Ranching building lately, I encourage you to go and see the outstanding progress that has been made!