Coolspring Power Museum 's mission to preserve, display, interpret, and operate historically significant and mechanically interesting internal combustion engines stands out as unique among museums. The design allows for live exhibits with many appearing in settings similar to the engine's original occupations and provides visitors with an understanding of how internal combustion engines were used for agricultural, domestic, and industrial purposes.
The M.A.N.'s 116 year history begins in Augsburg, Germany and continued to the North Sea island of Helgoland where it powered a lift, or elevator, to take tourists from the coastal plain to the higher center part of the island. In this photo you can see the engine's smokestack in the lower left.
While tailoring an exhibit to reflect the M.A.N. engine's original use as power to a 50 meter lift is not practical, building a climate-controlled structure with a concrete foundation is. The completed building's interior will also feature an appropriate period style.
The M.A.N. has been seen by visitors to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan and the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine as well as at Coolspring Power Museum . It's a significant piece in the collection and we want to provide an exhibit space equal in significance.
The Coolspring Power Museum campus covers 40 acres with 30 separate buildings housing over 300 engines. About 75% of the engines are fully operational and others are being restored by our dedicated group of engineers. Our team of seasoned engineers, apprentices and junior apprentices work together passing along the skills needed for maintaining the exhibits. STEM at its finest.
We estimate the entire project to cost approximately $125,000 to cover permits, supplies, foundation, electrical, plumbing, windows, etc. To date, we have raised $20,000 in donations, but have a long way to go to reach our goal. The museum would greatly appreciate your kind support in seeing this project to completion.
Please share our campaign with your friends and post photos you have of our M.A.N. engine with the #CPMBuildingfortheMAN.
- Bas Jamar
- Tom Stockton
- Paul Harvey
- Jenn Kintner
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