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08-15-2012, 06:31 PM
Let's Build a Tesla Museum
This campaign will receive all of the funds contributed by Sat Sep 29 at 11:59PM PT.
http://www.indiegogo.com/teslamuseum?a=857717 (http://www.indiegogo.com/teslamuseum?a=857717)

Nikola Tesla was the father of the electric age. Despite having drop-kicked humanity into a second industrial revolution, up until recently he's been an unsung hero in history books. If you don't know who Tesla is, go read this (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla).

Tesla's final laboratory is located in the sleepy town of Shoreham, New York. It's known as Wardenclyffe and it's where Tesla attempted to build a tower that would provide free wireless energy to the entire earth. Unfortunately, Tesla lost his funding before the project was completed and in 1917 the Wardenclyffe tower was demolished. Subsequently, the land was sold to a film and paper manufacturer.

However, the land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower are still there and very recently went up for sale. And right now a non-profit is trying to buy the property and turn it into a Nikola Tesla Museum. The property is listed at $1.6 million, and this non-profit has received a matching grant from New York State of up to $850k. This means that if we can raise $850k, New York State will match us for that same amount -- putting the total raised at $1.7 million.

There is currently another offer on the table from someone who wants to purchase the property potentially tear it down or turn it into a retail establishment. There is no Tesla museum in the United States, despite Tesla's extraordinary accomplishments. If we can outbid this other person and buy the land it will permanently be protected as a historic site and eventually converted into a Nikola Tesla Science Center.
The folks behind this project are a 501(c) non-profit organization and they've spent the past 15 years trying to find a way to save this property. This IndieGoGo account is linked directly to their bank and all the funds will go directly to them.
Even if we raise the full amount and end up with $1.7 million, this isn't enough to an actual museum / science center. But it will effectively put the property into the right hands so it can eventually be renovated into something fitting for one of the greatest inventors of our time.
Internet, this is where you come in: HELP ME BUILD A GODDAMN TESLA MUSEUM.

More details about the campaign can be found over here (http://theoatmeal.com/blog).
All the funds raised from this campaign are going directly to a non-profit group. Details about the non-profit behind this project can be found on their website: Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (http://www.teslasciencecenter.org/about/)

08-15-2012, 06:43 PM
He's right up there with Farraday, Crookes & it's debatable Marconi, as well.
I'm in ABSOLUTE support of this. Such a brilliant man deserves the credit he never received during his lifetime.

Most notable for developing AC current and making the lightbulb efficient enough to use (Edison took ALL the credit, shamefully).
He also invented many devices that are still currently used by the Westinghouse company.
Such an inspiration...

08-15-2012, 06:55 PM
Crazy, already raised $68,000 and in only started a few hours ago!

08-15-2012, 07:42 PM
Yeah. A bit depressing, haha. It's a good cause though. $459.000 now.

08-22-2012, 11:51 AM
They have hit their goal, now up to $929,063 raised.


08-22-2012, 12:00 PM
So THAT'S where the Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark song Tesla Girls got its name! :D

08-22-2012, 04:42 PM
Well done, I saw even some friends who had not much idea of crowdfunding to support this :)

08-22-2012, 05:18 PM
Definitely for a worthy cause! If even just in spite of JP Morgan & Westinghouse.. and the US government.