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The City Reliquary, a non-profit community museum and civic organization needs your help to keep our doors open!
The City Reliquary, a non-profit community museum and civic organization needs your help to keep our doors open!
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Seltzer bottles, peep show tokens, the 2nd Avenue Deli sign and a belly dancing automaton can all be found at The City Reliquary, a non-profit community museum and civic organization located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Through permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York. But our future is in danger! If we can't raise $10,000 by the end of March, we will be forced to shut our doors forever. That's why we are looking to you, the Kickstarter community, to fund $1,000 or more of our total goal.

Since its conception in 2002, the historical exhibits and community events at the City Reliquary have been made possible through the grass-roots efforts and fundraising of our all-volunteer staff. We have held many benefit events, membership campaigns, and even the occasional bake sale. You may also have heard of two generous grants amounting to $33,000 in 2008 and 2009 which, to this date, we still have been unable to collect from the City. This has left us struggling to keep up with the increasing demands of a non-profit storefront museum; a monthly rent of $2,500, ever-mounting bills to cover electricity, phone/internet, insurance, and more. For the four years since opening our public museum, we managed to raise just enough to pay the rent from one month to the next. However, we have finally come to the point when this is no longer possible. (NY1 interview here: http://www.ny1.com/7-brooklyn-news-content/top_stories/113160/williamsburg-museum-needs-funds-to-remain-open...)

But you can help! So can your roommates, moms, dads, school children, and grandparents! The City Reliquary is truly a museum “For-the-People, Not-for-Profit”. As an official 501c3 registered charity, all donations are tax-deductible and directly support our educational programs. As it says on our door, we are “Your Community Museum” and we truly need YOUR help to survive.

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    In 1883, The Statue of Liberty had been completed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was ready to ship to America, but a site and pedestal for the statue had still not been accounted for. It was up to the people of America to secure a home for this colossal gift. Fundraising efforts were failing and the campaign to bring Lady Liberty to New York seemed to be at its darkest hour. Just then Joseph Pulitzer, owner and editor of the “New York World” newspaper, introduced to all of his readers the new “Pedestal Fund”. He announced that any individual who made a financial contribution of any amount would have their name printed in his newspaper. It caught on. Pennies, nickels, dimes, and dollars began to roll in to the fund. By October 28,1886, the veil was lifted on Lady Liberty as she stood proudly on her new pedestal made possible by the seemingly insignificant donations of the people. In keeping with this spirit, we at the City Reliquary must turn to you. We remind you as Joseph Pulitzer did, that NO DONATION IS TOO INSIGNIFICANT. And in return, we will gladly post your name online among our list of loyal supporters who truly help to keep the doors of our museum open, “for-the-people, not-for-profit!”

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    And receive an Authentic DSNY Street Sweeper Bristle! Ever wonder about those long skinny pieces of metal you see in the gutters of all major cities? Turns out, they are bristles that have broken off from the city's street sweepers. And as an added bonus, these elegant artifacts have long been used as lock picks.

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    And receive a deceptively lifelike Croton Bug by parcel post. These insects (also known as American Cockroaches) arrived in New York City in 1842 via the Croton River Aqueduct. With the Croton Bugs came 90 million gallons of fresh drinking water per day, a fair trade to a city thirsty for sanitary drinking water.

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    And a City Reliquary Pot Holder is yours! Food just tastes better when it's cooked using a Statue of Liberty themed pot holder. It tastes more... civic.

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    Official Membership to the City Reliquary

    As a member, you'll have pride of place when you bring your parents and friends in to visit the museum. Indeed, no trip to Williamsburg is complete without a stop by the City Reliquary!

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