At Historic Richmond Town we are anchored to our mission. This means that not only the stories we tell but the way we work is rooted in mission. If regular folks used their skills and common sense, and worked really hard, to build an extraordinary country then we can be smart and savvy, and work extra hard to build an extraordinary museum. That's why we are practical, efficient and spend our time creating popular programs that have meaning. We like to get things done. We believe if you accomplish much people will support you much.
So despite numerous challenges, this past year was filled with great achievements for Historic Richmond Town. If you joined us for one of our events or programs, clicked on our website, visited us on FB or Tweeted, read one of our books, watched our films, donated a gift, volunteered, or just sent a nice letter you helped to make our year merry and bright. Thank you so much!
Here's our list of wonderful things. WARNING! It's really, really long! We...
- Raised funds for a new roof on the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House with the help of the Richmond County Savings Foundation, the Staten Island Advance, Dr. Mohammad Khalid, Steven and Scott LoBaido...and you!
- Endured a fire at the Kruser-Finley House and received contributions and support from the SI Home Improvement Contractors Association, The Staten Island Foundation, Historic House Trust, Dept. of Cultural Affairs...and you!
- Began our Sandy recovery with assistance from National Grid, the SI Chamber of Commerce, the NY Council for the Humanities, the CSI Small Business Development Center, the Nicotra Group and donations from...you!
- Published a new definitive book Staten Island Scenery and short documentary with The Staten Island Museum, through the support of the Staten Island Foundation and friends like...you.
- Received new support from Con Ed and its employees, who with you enjoy our events and programs so much, for educational materials that expand our programs about our diverse American life.
- Continued to publish our beloved Staten Island Historian - the journal that you have loved and respected since 1938!
- Created the All-American Drive-In and made it a smash success because of...your support!
- Broke attendance records at the NYC Chili Cookoff, NYC BBQ Cookoff and October Pumpkin Picking because...you were there!
- Expanded our Online Collections Database with more detailed records and made new friends from around the world...like you!
- Received funding from the Barker Welfare Foundation to upgrade our climate control HVAC system for protecting rare artifacts from our museum collection. Completion in 2014!
- Created a successful #GivingTuesday campaign that will enable us to paint the Courthouse columns. Thank you!
- Received a grant from the NY Community Trust for a new historic structure report for the Parsonage - a building made popular by...you!
- Launched a new educational program Through Kids' Eyes, with Lavelle Prep, that allows middle schoolers to recreate historic events and make their own films. A grant from the Nicotra Foundation (through the meals you buy at Corporate Commons) will help us expand the program in 2014.
- Were awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to rehouse close to 3,000 vintage photos and over 7,000 film negatives from the Herbert A. Flamm Photo Collection – to begin 2014.
- Redesigned our website, made one of the most popular in the area by you, with a grant from the Northfield Bank Foundation.
- Major cleanups and volunteer help from Boy Scouts of America, Goldman Sachs, Staten Island Hilton employees, Morgan Stanley and many other community organizations – thank you.
- Added more volunteer members to our Women's Auxiliary - a powerhouse that has raised nearly $1 Million dollars over the years!
- With the assistance of the Fan Association of North America we added rare and vintage fans to our online collection!
- Brought in new and expanded sponsors to our Richmond County Fair - Gerald Peters Goldmine Jewelers, Pandora at SI Mall, Northfield Bank, and many others - to join you in making the Fair the biggest fundraiser on the Island!
- With the help of our new BP Jim Oddo, Council Member Vinnie Ignizio, Council Member Debi Rose, new Council Member Steve Matteo, Council Member Domenic Recchia, Deputy BP Ed Burke, former BP Jim Molinaro, former Commissioner Kate Levin and support from friends like you, we leaped forward on these projects:
And that's not all! The list goes on and on. Since our diverse American culture is so vast and important, we keep going, using every resource available to keep history alive and flourishing. If that's not worth it, what is?