Yesterday, in History from the Web, I mentioned how Tennessee residents could support the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA) by signing up to receive a Civil War Sesquicentennial license plate for their car(s).
If you were saying to yourself, “Gee! That license plate was awesome, but I wanted to spend some more money today…” I have some options for you.
No, not giving to Hankering for History; though, if you really wanted to, I am sure that arrangements could be made.
If you aren’t familiar with sites like Kickstarter.com, Rockethub.com, or IndieGoGo.com, you should check them out. These websites allow individuals or groups to collect funds to promote and create ideas, books, inventions, etc. The following quotes are pulled from the websites’ FAQ pages to help better explain the concept.
“Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.”
“Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. Indiegogo is also a place to discover what people all over the world are passionate about and how to get involved.”
Generally, what gets people to give is that the “backer” or the person that donates gets some form of perk based on the dollar amount of their donation. Over the last month or so, I have perused these sites to find either local projects (near Memphis, Tennessee) or history related projects. There are some fascinating ideas–and potential goldmines–to be found on these sites. Here are two examples of projects that have been fully funded: Animals from History and An Illustrative History in Profanity.
Every once in a while, you will run across a campaign where the best perk is the good feeling that comes with giving. I made a donation yesterday to the Help my son go on a History tour campaign. Former United States Marine John Chacon wants to send his son on the 2014 Pocatello American Heritage tour. Below is a portion of the summary from John Chacon’s campaign.
“My name is John Chacon and I am trying to send my son on the 2014 Pocatello American Heritage tour which is an education tour that sends local 8th graders to the east coast every spring to learn about our country’s history and allows them to get an upclose and personal look at how other people live and how our founding fathers started this great country. As a former United States Marine I learned the importance of travel and education as I was born here in a small Idaho town. My son Johnny is a great kid who is a student who learns a little slower than his peers and attends the resource room at his local middle school. Even though he has a learning disability he has managed to get good grades and progress far beyond my expectations. He is a hands on learner and picks up on things he can visually see much quicker than just reading a book.
Because he is in the resource room my wife and I have agreed that if we are able to go on this tour that one of us has to go with him and so because of that we have told him we are not sure if we can afford the costs of this trip which he has been begging to do all year. So this is why I am here to ask for help of raising the money now so that I can hopefully pay for this and give him the best gift we have ever been able to give. It not only gives him the trip but a lifetime of memories he will have for the rest of his life.”
I have traveled many, many places; however, never to our nation’s capital. Not only can I sympathize with his son’s deep desire to go to Washington D.C., to obtain the historical knowledge that is there to be gained; but I had the opportunity to go to D.C. when I was in eighth grade and I chose not too. I have a short list of regrets in my life, and that is the top tier of my list. I didn’t give much, $30, but I know that every bit counts. So, instead of going out to lunch tomorrow, eat at home and give $10 to this campaign. If not this campaign, than another; there are many ways to support history.
Just recently the Catlow Theater in Barrington, Illinois, raised over $175,000 to convert a historic 85-year-old theater into a fully functional digital theater. Right now the Skyline Drive-In Theater has 43 days to raise $30,000 to restore and convert their theater. The Skyline Drive-In Theater, which opened in 1964, is only one of five remaining drive-ins operating in the state of Washington. So if you live near Shelton, Washington, or you just want the opportunity to preserve history and get some cool perks (Skyline travel mugs, t-shirts, blankets, vintage cinematography equipment), support history by supporting the theater with a donation!