The Music House Needs A Roof

$1,790 of $130k goal

Raised by 16 people in 26 months
Kelly Roberts Curtis  TRAVERSE CITY, MI
The Music House Museum needs a new roof. There it is, plain and simple.  The "plain" part is visible if you have looked at the current roof (3 layers of shingles; last one installed about 30 years ago), particularly on the west side where there is greatest exposure to natural elements or perhaps someone has mentioned to you that pieces of shingles have blown off onto the yard.

The "simple" part?  There is no simple part beyond the statement of the obvious. The task of replacing the roof on our huge barn all the while assuring the safety and protection of workers and our extremely valuable collection is daunting, to put it mildly.

The estimated cost of the roof is $120,000. There will be additional costs of preliminary structural improvements, hiring people to secure the museum's collection, and any possible over-runs. The overall cost will be closer to $150,000.


For those unfamiliar with the Music House, we are a non-profit museum with unique collection of automated instruments. Recognized by Forbes.com as one of the 10 reasons to visit Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, visitors are taken on a walk through the sounds and history of automatic instruments from the simplest music boxes through phonographs and radios. The engineering and craftsmanship of the magnificent organs, pianos, early phonographs, jukeboxes and radios is both fascinating and breathtaking, and guest are treated to the music of many of the instruments on the guided tours.

In order to complete this work in 2015 we obviously need money in addition to our current start-up fund.  We are receiving a grant from Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs for $20,000 and are continuing to apply for additional grant support but they will not fund the entire project. Please consider making a contribution to the roof project. 

 A gift of $25.00 will purchase nails.
$30.00 will get us one bundle of shingles (33 sq. feet)
$75.00 (approximate) might get us an hour's worth of labor.
$l00.00 or more will get us well on the way to shoring up the building, and
$1,000.00 from 80 (or $500 from 160) of you will not only be miraculous but guarantee the project.

A gift of any amount will earn you our unending gratitude, give us the confidence and encouragement needed to complete this monumental undertaking, and, most importantly, help assure the future preservation of our collection.

 






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Posted by Kelly Roberts Curtis
25 months ago
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There is a lot of work that goes into preparing and protecting our collection. Thank goodness we have such awesome volunteers. Thank you to all have contributed!
The Mortier is ready for the new roof!
Our volunteers are working hard!
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Kelly Curtis
26 months ago

Thank you to our latest donor! And also thank you to those who have shared our page.

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$1,790 of $130k goal

Raised by 16 people in 26 months
Created January 13, 2015
SH
$50
Scott Hagerman
22 months ago

In Honor of Robert Hagerman's Birthday!

$10
Anonymous
23 months ago
$10
Michael Binstead
23 months ago
JF
$100
Julie Forbes
24 months ago

In honor of my father's, Robert Hagerman, 85th Birthday

DC
$25
Diane Clark
25 months ago
DW
$1,000
Donald Wilson
25 months ago
BA
$100
Bruce Ahlich
25 months ago
AR
$40
Andrew Rogers
25 months ago
$50
Mark Peters
25 months ago

We love the Music House!

$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
Kelly Curtis
26 months ago

Thank you to our latest donor! And also thank you to those who have shared our page.

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