Checking in from the Archives
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We're several months into our Archives initiative and things are going great. Not only have we helped a handful of films on their way to finally seeing a proper restoration and release, but we've helped the National Museum of Nuclear Science restore a B-29 Superfortress, restore a landmark building in Greensboro, NC, turn a historic hotel into an artist residency, and collect the artwork of the first two years of the 1980's action figure series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
But there's still so much more to do with the initiative. We wanted to take some time to highlight those Archives projects currently live on site and in need of your support.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1820 Bakers Island Lighthouse stands at the entrance to Salem Harbor, MA. Essex Heritage is looking to restore and repair this historic property and keep the nearly 200-year-old beacon shining.
Brooklyn's Restless Books is looking to publish a deluxe anniversary edition of Cervantes' Don Quixote, featuring original woodcut illustrations by artist Eko debossed into the cover and spread throughout the text. It's a new treatment altogether for a book that's considered the first modern novel.
One of the premiere examples of American Folk Art, this 90-foot-tall totem pole created by Ed Galloway between 1937 and 1948 is, in fact, recognized as the world's largest concrete totem pole. The Rogers County Historical Society is looking to start restoration and maintenance work on it in July 2015.
Shot on location in Tacoma and Mt. Rainer, WA and directed by W.S. Van Dyke, this film was thought to be lost to time. It was only recently discovered by the Tacoma Historic Preservation Office while going through the collected papers of W.S. Van Dyke at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Pro Skating Historical Foundation is looking to open a new exhibit in Knoxville, TN in the near future. The exhibit will feature artifacts from the golden era of show skating — programs, costumes, skates and more.
This long-running traveling animation program is looking to expand to more screenings around the world. They also want to create a series of short documentaries about each of the featured animators — and restore classic animated works, the first of which will be the 1964 short HANGMAN.