A delegation of Young Gassers is heading for Bethlehem, PA next month for a meeting with the new Executive Director of the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH), Amy Hollander, regarding propane's contribution to this American Industrial Experience. Just to bring everyone up to speed on the status of this showcase, the NMIH is a Smithsonian Affiliate that is scheduled to open mid-2016. Dedicated members of our industry have been trying to bring an exhibit to fruition at this facility since 2000. To date, we've invested $150,000 into this effort, but for various reasons, the museum hasn't opened and this project has been virtulally stalled for the past 3 years.
Fast forward to last April when the Ancient Gassers and the Young Gassers merged our two Associations. Along with this merger came a financial obligation of $50,000 to support this museum, once it was determined that it would, in fact, open; and, the propane exhibit would be a key element in the overall floor-plan/presentation. Coincidentally, the museum seems to be getting back on track, just as our merger came about, and now it falls upon us to Shepard this project along from what is essentially ground zero. We have the money in the bank, and are prepared to make good on our obligation, provided we see good, positive, momentum on the part of NMIH. A decade is a long time to realize a goal. But, it finally seems within reach. We'll keep you posted.
Funds allocated to this project (in the bank) total in excess of $300,000. Do you think this is a wise use of our resources? I'd be very interested in your opinion.