Donation Wish List
If you want to make a donation In Memory of or In Honor of a person, we will gladly have appropriate name plates added to the item.
Success Story - New Windows
Recently one of our lodges paid to have all 26 single-pane windows replaced with new double pane windows. The new Anderson windows provide UV filtering and better insulation than the older windows. UV and heat are very bad for archival collections because these factors increase fading and deterioration.
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.
Small Things We Could Use
Please let us know if you order something for us so we can adjust and thank you for the gift.
2 New Computers
Swedish-America and Swedish-Canadian Books
16x25x5 HVAC filters
3' x'3 floor mat to protect carpets
70 pt dehumidifier
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.
Picnic Tables for our picnic area - approx. $3,478 with Shipping and Handling for 4 tables, $800 per table
After years of sun, rain, snow and other weather, our current plastic picnic tables are beginning to deteriorate and pieces are chipping away. We use the picnic tables for lodge functions and various outdoor archival activities during nice weather. We want to replace these old tables with new ones to continue to make use of our outdoor spaces. We are looking at these to replace the old tables.
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.