At the beginning of July, the Burlesque Hall of Fame was informed that the building where the vast majority of our collection is stored would be seized under eminent domain for the widening of Interstate 15, Las Vegas’ main interstate artery.
This sudden, unexpected development is not one our modest operating budget can easily cover. At a minimum, the collection must be inventoried and each piece examined, packed for transit, moved, and then re-inventoried and re-examined. And of course, we want to do more than the minimum.
While the timing of this new move is far from ideal (you can barely move your arms in Las Vegas in August, much less a museum), it presents an ideal opportunity for us to not just continue to shelter the collection in “suspended animation” but to fully revive it, by upgrading to facilities where we can access, study, and restore these priceless historical treasures.
Our goal, above and beyond simply protecting our collection, is to provide the facilities our collection deserves: a larger space to accommodate new acquisitions, with shelves and racks for properly organizing everything, archival-quality storage materials to store it in, and suitable environment to work in.
On July 23, BHoF launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds to help us move our collection to upgraded facilities. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by August 31. Visit ourcampaign page on IndieGoGo to pledge your support and follow our campaign, and please spread the word widely through Facebook, Twitter, and wherever else you express yourself online. With your help, we can come one step closer to the museum our collection — and the legacy of burlesque — deserves.
Please join us in thanking the following people, whose generous support has enabled the Burlesque Hall of Fame to protect its collection and continue to grow. It is a pleasure to work with a community of such caring, committed people.