TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The now "temporarily virtual" Canadian Air and Space Museum is pleased to announce the launch of its first fundraising campaign to
preserve its priceless collection of tens of thousands of displays,
artifacts, archives and aircraft from decades of Canadian military
"During this time of Remembrance, our message is even more poignant,
that institutions like the Canadian Air & Space Museum act as monuments
and legacies to the historical value made by our veterans. It is
becoming increasingly crucial to preserve their stories for future
generations," said Ian McDougall, Chairman of the not-for-profit
Canadian Air & Space Museum.
Since its eviction from Downsview Park in September 2011, the Museum has
now packed its precious collection into 44, 40-foot freight containers.
The Museum hopes to re-open its doors one day, but more immediately,
funds need to be raised to ensure the safety and preservation of the
Phase 1 of the fundraising campaign has a goal of $500,000, which will
be primarily directed to two immediate needs:
1) Preserving the Museum's collection that now sits in 44 freight
containers. Sizable indoor storage space needs to be found, with proper
environmental conditions, for the contents to be unloaded before winter
weather sets in. Afterwards, monthly storage rental fees needs to be
2) Pay to construct a temporary hangar to store the Museum's two most
precious items - the only full-scale metal replica of the Avro Arrow
and the City of Toronto's WWII Lancaster Bomber (the aircraft that used
to sit atop a pole alongside Lakeshore Blvd, in front of Ontario
Place). These are the only two items remaining in the Downsview
location, because due to their size, there is no current storage
available for them.
The fundraising campaign is now on-line at http://www.indiegogo.com/casmuseum.
There are several donation levels to choose from, starting at $5.
Personal messages of support to the Museum can be viewed from Hollywood
actor and pilot Harrison Ford and Canadian actress Amanda Tapping from
the TV series Stargate and Sanctuary.
The Canadian Air & Space Museum (formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum)
opened its doors in 1998 in a historic location in Downsview Park.
Housed in the original manufacturing facility of de Havilland Aircraft
of Canada and later, SPAR Aerospace, the Museum captured the history of
Toronto's and Canada's significant achievements in the areas of
aviation and space exploration. On September 20, 2011, the Canadian Air
& Space Museum's lease was terminated by its landlord Downsview Park
and the Museum closed to the public. It plans to re-open its doors one
day in an improved and exciting location.
SOURCE: Canadian Air & Space Museum
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Canadian Air & Space Museum
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