Donation Wish List

Digital Archive Annual Fees - $1100

The Vasa National Archive joined the Upper Mississippi Digital Image Archive last year to put our collections online. For the past several years, a grant has covered the cost of the digital archive. Sadly, the grant has ended and Vasa's portion of the subscription fee is $1,100. This covers storage, updates, troubleshooting, etc.

Outreach programs (music, demostrations, craft projects, etc.) - approx. $400 each program

We try to do most of our outreach programs in house to keep cost low. But we'd like to offer programs by outside groups as well. While prices vary depending on a host of factors (distance traveled, housing accommodations, transportation, etc.) $400 is a good general starting place for most artists in our area.

Collection shipping from LL and DLs in Sweden and Canada - approx. $50/lbs, will cost more for bulky items

We want all local lodges and district lodges to be well represented in the Vasa National Archives. For numerous reasons, some lodges and districts are not as well represented. Digital is a great medium, but it is not as stable or reliable as paper. We want to start a fund to help pay for a portion of the S&H of records, pictures, etc held in these locations.

Archival Supplies and Gift Cards

Based on the past two years of archival purchases we expect to spend between $1,500-$2,000 this year on folders, archival tissue paper, shelving units, spacers, etc. We commonly shop at Gaylord Archival Supply, Walmart, Menards, and Staples for our needs. Gift cards, or rebate checks, to these locations are quite welcome and can help cover some of our expenses.

Success Story - Textile Storage Improvements

Thanks to our donors we have been able to properly house the numerous pieces of regalia, costumes, altar cloths, banners, flags, table cloths, runners and other pieces. This project took thousands of dollars in donations from Vasa Members, lodges, and districts. We also received donations from hotels and carpet stores. All of our regalia, costumes and clothing are now on padded hangers. Large textiles are now properly rolled and we have commissioned a local company to build racks for the textiles. The textile racks will be fully installed in the by the end of March 2019. Thank you to everyone that has supported this projected.