There are four ways that you can support the National Brewery Museum™:
- Loan your breweriana for exhibit
- Make a financial donation
- Donate breweriana artifacts
- 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.
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 donations to the museum come in several forms:
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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.
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.
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.
The restoration process involves cleaning, repairing, and touch-up of individual items.