Good morning, friends! I thought this post from our Philadelphia cousin Whole Camels (no relation to Beef Chender) warranted an FP appearance, given that it may get seen by more people here and on SBN in general... the Philadelphia A's Historical Society in Philly is in trouble and needs a rescue or at least a benefactor or twenty so I figured this would help get the word out in some way. --EN
UPDATE: Frank Fitzpatrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer documents the situation.
Pardon the NL East intrusion, but I thought this might be of interest to the A's fanbase...
Like many institutions in this rotten economy, the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society, located in Hatboro, Pennsylvania (just outside Philadelphia) is in trouble.
From Executive Director Ernie Montella, late last year:
The country's economy has finally taken its toll on our ability to continue to operate. Even with the volunteer hours donated by just a few, we find it impossible to maintain the level of committment, not only to our members, but to the remaining former professional ball players who loked to us for some kind of assistance... As the daily manager of the Society's Hatboro facility, it is very obvious to me that 2011 could be our final year as we know it today. It was lots of fun while it lasted and the memories we have of the 15 anual Sunday Breakfast Reunions we sponsored are as meaningful as our memories of sitting in the stands of Shibe Park... The list of living former A's teammates has dwindled from more than 120 when we were founded in 1996, to less than 40 today.
Our annual expenses associated with operating our Hatboro facility amounts to $70,000. The membership dues help to cover the costs of publishing our newsletters and maintaining our web-site. Donations compared to previous years are at an all-time low, as are sales from our Gift Shoppe. Your tax deductible contribution will go a long way to help us continue to operate and are always greatly appreciated.
I've been there, and I can assure you it's a wonderful place. You'll notice that they've incorporated a fair amount of other materials from Philadelphia sports and MLB generally, but the focus of the Museum is and remains the Philadelphia A's, amazingly still the most successful franchise in Philadelphia sports history with five World Championships.
What can you do?
Thank you for your time, and please spread the word.