Museum Support

There are four ways that you can support the National Brewery Museum™:

  1. Loan your breweriana  for exhibit
  2. Make a financial donation
  3. Donate  breweriana artifacts
  4. Volunteer your time and talent.

EXHIBIT YOUR COLLECTION

The museum actively searches for quality breweriana artifacts for exhibition. The ABA Museum Foundation, Inc. will only exhibit artifacts from American breweries located throughout the United States. ABA members are always welcome to share their collections in the museum with our visitors.  You do not have to be an ABA member to exhibit your collection at the brewery museum.  The ABA Museum Foundation, Inc. will accept brewery items for exhibition from former brewery workers, or their families, or from members of other breweriana organizations.  There is no charge to exhibit your breweriana collection.

From a security stand point, your artifacts are stored in locked showcases. You lock the case and it will remain locked until you collect your artifacts. There are 43 security cameras, located around the brewery complex, and data from each is recorded and stored. There is an active monitored alarm system. Your artifacts are insured against damage or loss while on-loan.  If you have breweriana items to loan for exhibition for a period of 12-24 months, or want additional information, please contact Pat Boyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FINANCIAL DONATION

The museum can not just operate on the funds received from general admission charges. The museum admission charges are used by the Potosi Foundation, Inc. to help offset operating and maintenance cost of the building complex. ABA Museum Foundation operating funds come from fundraising projects and the generosity of members and friends. The Museum Foundation staff are ABA volunteers. No one receives a salary or compensation and no ABA dues are used to support the museum.

Financial

Financial donations to the museum come in several forms:

A cash donation in any amount will be cheerfully accepted. All financial donations will be acknowledged in the ABA Journal magazine.  Donations of $75.00 or more are acknowledged with a letter. The museum is a 501 (c) (3) educational corporation; you may take a Federal tax credit for your donation.  A letter will be sent for donations of less than $75.00, if requested.  Cash donations can be made directly to Lee Rasmussen by sending them to: ABA Museum Foundation, Inc., 16655 West Bluemound Road, Suite 170, Brookfield, WI 53005, or by contacting Lee Rasmussen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gift in Honor of

We will gladly accept a Gift in Honor of donation in any amount.  All Gifts in Honor of donations will be acknowledged in the ABA Journal magazine.  If you would care to make a Gift in Honor of donation please contact Lee Rasmussen by sending it to: ABA Museum Foundation, Inc., 16655 West Bluemound Road, Suite 170, Brookfield, WI  53005, or by contacting Lee Rasmussen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Endowment

Coming Soon!

BREWERIANA DONATION

Quality breweriana item donations will gladly be accepted.  Since the museum is a registered 501 (c) (3) educational corporation, you will be able to claim a Federal tax credit for your donation.  However, we are not able to place a value on your brewery artifacts. You will either have to have the purchase receipts, or you will need to obtain a qualified independent appraisal.  The IRS will only allow the museum to acknowledge that you donated said brewery artifacts.  The transfer of said breweriana items occurs upon the execution of a Deed of Gift transfer. The gift will be acknowledged in the ABA Journal. If you would care to make a brewery artifact donation, please contact Larry Bowden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AND TALENT

The entire museum operations are supported by volunteer talent. No one receives a salary or any type special consideration. Authorized expenses for the outlay of personal funds are reimbursed. Income for museum operations only comes from donations, the proceeds of the “silent auction”, or fundraising projects.
There are projects and services the Museum Foundation would like to support for the benefit of all our ABA members and museum visitors. These projects are limited by both finances and manpower restrictions. Some projects are only worked if funds become available.  A listing of some of these programs follows below.  Should you care to volunteer your time or contribute to a specific project, please contact Tom Rejmaniak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION PROJECTS

A major goal of the ABA Museum Foundation, Inc. is the restoration and preservation of brewery advertising for the enjoyment of the present and future generations

Preservation of Brewery Radio and Television Advertising
The museum archives collection has a large number of brewery audio tapes and films that were used to advertise on the radio and television. In addition, members and brewery friends have loaned the Museum Foundation their phonograph records, VHS tapes, DVD’s, and film for transfer to archival grade media storage.  The original media will deteriorate and be lost, but Archival grade media has a useful life of 100-300 years.

Research Library
The American Breweriana Association, Inc. has a Research Library in the brewery complex. The operating budget does not come from ABA member dues. Income from Grants and Fundraisers are held from time-to-time. Additional funding and volunteers are needed to support the library activity.

Museum Exhibit Operations
There are many “little things” required to make this operation run smoothly. Exhibits need to be built, display stands made, pictures framed, exhibit supplies purchased, and specialized software programs are needed for an improved cataloging system.

Museum Database Project
Volunteers are needed to develop a more accessible museum database. Presently, the museum database operates with basic Microsoft programs. The cataloging of artifacts, pictures, management of exhibits, back-up data storage is building and present capability is limited.

Film and Tape Storage
To stop or slow film and tape from deteriorating further special cold storage equipment is needed.

Brewery Artifact Repair
Some artifacts in the museum’s archival collection require repairs or restoration before we can put them on exhibit or catalog them for storage.  The Museum Foundation only restores breweriana items that are part of the museum archive collection. Much of the restoration and preservation is performed by our expert members, and where we do not have such expertise the restoration is outsourced to known experts.

Restoration Project

The restoration process involves cleaning, repairing, and touch-up of individual items.