Roadside America's Roof Renovations

$18,826 of $80k goal

Raised by 425 people in 6 months
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Roadside America
on behalf of Brian Hilbert
 SHARTLESVILLE, PA
Roadside America is an unforgettable panorama of life in rural United States. The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time, and roughly six thousand square feet in size. Featuring moving waterways, working model railroads and trolleys, building lights and sounds, and so much more; Roadside America is one of the most incredible feats of craftsmanship ever completed by a single man.

The miniature village at Roadside America was actually completed in 1963 with the passing of its single creator, Laurence Gieringer. Since then, the exhibit has been passed down through generations but always kept in the family. It has been on display in its current building in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania since 1953. To this day, thousands of patrons visit and are amazed by the larger-than-life landscape.

As is to be expected with an exhibit of this age, the building the display has resided in since 1953 is showing signs of wear. The biggest concern   currently threatening the survival of this incredible work of art is our roof.  In times of large rainfall accumulation, various points in our roof begin to leak and consequentially short out ceiling lights and cause puddles in our attic that often lead to puddles on the show floor.

We've been very lucky so far that the leaks have   not affected the display itself, but we are looking to repair the leaking roof before it becomes even more of a serious issue. With your help, we can reach our goal and keep our 6,000 square foot exhibit nice and dry. We've gotten several quotes and our goal of $80,000 is the lowest rate we have found for our massive and historic building at this time.

In 2015, the village celebrated its 80th anniversary of originally opening to the public. With your help, we can keep this historic work of art on display for generations to come.


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Update 7
Posted by Roadside America
2 months ago
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Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community and a few anonymous donors, we are overwhelmingly pleased to announce that roof construction will begin on Monday, January 9th (weather permitting). We will remain open throughout the construction process.
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Update 6
Posted by Roadside America
3 months ago
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It is with great sadness that we announce due to the heavy consistent rainfall and our leaking roof, we are closed for the day today, but hope to reopen tomorrow weather permitting.

It's not too late to help support our GoFundMe campaign. We are working diligently to protect the miniature village, but we are still in need of a new roof now more than ever. Help us spread the campaign and support us if you can.
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Update 5
Posted by Roadside America
4 months ago
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We'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe campaign both monetarily and by sharing the efforts on social media. We are making great strides toward reaching our goal and we couldn't have gotten so far without the help of each and every one of you! Let's keep the momentum going!
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Update 4
Posted by Roadside America
5 months ago
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Rainy days and dreary weeklong forecasts like these remind us why it is so important that we get our roof fixed not just as soon as possible, but also before the winter months fall upon us. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe campaign. Let's keep the momentum going! Share the movement and together we can keep this awesome work of craftsmanship alive!
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Hugh Gensemer
6 months ago
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I'm just saying to all the berks county business they need your help. Here is a place that has been there for over 80 years and has a draw from far and wide. I would like to put a work out to Empire Surplus and Heeby's Surplus lets see what we can do to help. I think both of these places have product they could use to help. And any other building material places look at what you can give to help. NEVER WANT TO SEE THIS PLACE DAMAGED.

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Alan Williamson
2 months ago

Congratulations! Roadside America must always be so we can see where we came from!

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Lyte Adams
4 months ago

Toured Roadside America with my son in August, 2016. This was his first visit; he loved it. I was pleasantly surprised how it still reflects America when life was easier, not complicated by today's hi tech rush, rush society. In an effort to raise money for the restoration of the roof my suggestion is to merely raise the price of admission. Now, the price is $7.00 for adults. 7 dollars for 1 to 2 hours of being able to tour the huge display of old America is worth every penny. Raising the price from $7 to $8, or even $9 dollars could quickly make up the deficit they need to cover the cost of replacing the roof. Personally I think that a good majority of guests visiting Roadside America wouldn't object to them raising the admission fee one or two dollars.

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$18,826 of $80k goal

Raised by 425 people in 6 months
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Created September 8, 2016
Roadside America  
on behalf of Brian Hilbert
LU
$10
Les Updegrove
2 months ago
$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
JH
$50
JOHN HARLEY
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
AL
$25
A Loch
2 months ago

I enjoyed visiting this display as a child. I hope it can be enjoyed by many families in the future!

$36
Anonymous
2 months ago
$10
Anonymous
3 months ago
MD
$50
Michael D'Angelo
3 months ago
BB
$5
Bill Bender
3 months ago
JH
$50
JOHN HARLEY
3 months ago
Hugh Gensemer
6 months ago
7
7

I'm just saying to all the berks county business they need your help. Here is a place that has been there for over 80 years and has a draw from far and wide. I would like to put a work out to Empire Surplus and Heeby's Surplus lets see what we can do to help. I think both of these places have product they could use to help. And any other building material places look at what you can give to help. NEVER WANT TO SEE THIS PLACE DAMAGED.

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Alan Williamson
2 months ago

Congratulations! Roadside America must always be so we can see where we came from!

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Lyte Adams
4 months ago

Toured Roadside America with my son in August, 2016. This was his first visit; he loved it. I was pleasantly surprised how it still reflects America when life was easier, not complicated by today's hi tech rush, rush society. In an effort to raise money for the restoration of the roof my suggestion is to merely raise the price of admission. Now, the price is $7.00 for adults. 7 dollars for 1 to 2 hours of being able to tour the huge display of old America is worth every penny. Raising the price from $7 to $8, or even $9 dollars could quickly make up the deficit they need to cover the cost of replacing the roof. Personally I think that a good majority of guests visiting Roadside America wouldn't object to them raising the admission fee one or two dollars.

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