Support

Project Status

In Cash and Pledges

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There are multiple opportunities to fund or help fund various aspects of the construction phase of this project’s development.

These opportunities include but are not limited to the building itself, specific rooms within the structure including carving and painting studios, gift shop, museum, community and conference rooms, function room, concession area, office spaces, restrooms, foyer/entry and recycling/refuse room. Additional construction and outfitting elements include furnishings, bike rack(s), elevator, drinking fountains, benches and tables, lighting and electrical needs, paint and flooring, museum and gift shop display cases, doors and locks, and internal and external building signage. These rooms and outfitting elements will be recognized with sponsorship name and/or memorial plaques.

A copy of our Capital Campaign Brochure can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page!.

Our story and our animals are unique!

Founded in 2003, the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum is creating a world class carousel and museum complex right here in downtown Albany, Oregon.

Our carousel will hold an amazing menagerie of custom designed carousel animals for which we are applying traditional hand carving and painting techniques to create the 52 permanent animals, 6 replacement animals, and 5 seasonal animals as well as 2 chariot seats for our carousel. These animals will ride upon an antique 1909 Dentzel Carousel Corporation mechanism which we have lovingly brought back to life through a ten-plus year restoration effort.

All work is being completed by volunteers of varying backgrounds and skill levels. As a matter of fact, most of our carvers are true novices who are learning as they go! The total number of recorded volunteer hours exceeds 149,000!!

Every contribution is important!

Please, help us finance a new building to house the Historic Carousel and Museum here in downtown Albany. The building will house a loving restored 1909 Dentzel mechanism with 52 newly hand carved animals. Think of the family memories this carousel will create for generations to come! Each donation, of any size, brings this project one step closer to completion – can you help?

 

Come to the carousel at 503 First Avenue in downtown Albany to see this project first hand. Or, to find out more about the project and explore additional funding options call us at 541-791-3340.

Project Goals

Naming Rights

Construction

The Albany Historic Carousel and Museum is proud to kick-off it’s Building Capital Campaign by offering opportunities to be a part of this well respected and vital project.  Many opportunities exist for individuals, families, and groups of any size to donate to this all-important aspect of this project where it is guaranteed that all building specific funds raised will be dedicated toward designated construction and outfitting.

As a tax deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization our building construction/outfitting fund raising goals are both tax deductible and designed to:

1

Donate

money to pay for the electricity, buy the paint, wood, glue, bolts and other supplies needed to create the carousel and repair the mechanism.

2

Volunteer

time to carve, sand and paint the animals, tend the gift shop and museum, answer phones, act as docents for the visitors and many other activities.

3

Sponsor

the art by paying for the animals, rounding boards, paintings and other items.

Donate

Building Fund

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This resurgence, known as community carousels, are typically 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.  The work to create these lovingly crafted and independently unique family entertainment venues is performed by a wide array of local volunteers.  These individuals come from varying backgrounds, most all of which are found within the local community’s population.

Here in Albany we have professionals ranging from doctors, attorneys, teachers, and artists.  Our volunteers also have backgrounds as firefighters, production workers, homemakers, and students.  Ages for our volunteers range from as young as 14 on up to 90+ years young.  The work they perform, the hours they donate, is given in the spirit of both the love of community and the love of carousels.

The goal of our Building Fund is to raise the finances necessary to construct a building designed specifically to house our carousel complex.  This complex will house the carousel itself, a museum and gift shop, a food court, public gathering spaces, carving and painting studios, and of course office and restroom spaces.

Images of our new building, showing the prominent forty foot tall carousel room and its distinctive carousel complex supporting structure, affords insight into this aesthetically designed building that blends harmoniously into Albany’s historic downtown architecture.

These images of our proposed new building shows large arched windows allowing top to bottom views of the carousel, while the arched motif is continued through the linear portion of the building that will house the gift shop, museum, community room, carving and painting areas, office space and restrooms.  The carousel room itself is comprised of a 12 sided structure having roof windows that provide ambient daytime lighting from above.

As seen below, the lighting design provides a stunning view of the animals through the large arched windows during evening hours.

Mechanism Restoration Fund

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Our Mechanism was manufactured in 1909 by the Dentzel Carousel Corporation, who were the first manufacturers of carousels here in America.  They started their business in Philadelphia, PA in 1870 and operating until 1933 when they sold their business and relocated to the west coast.  This mechanism was installed in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ where it was in operation until approximately 1953.  At that time it was decommissioned and all the animals, brass poles, and decking were sold.  Ownership of the mechanism was transferred to the American Carousel Association who got the Dentzel family to agree to store it on their property in Santa Barbara, CA, where it sat outside under tarps until it was donated to the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum in 2003.

We have now spent approximately ten years restoring this mechanism to working order and it is now set up and operational and being fine-tuned for full operation and ridership.  Over $200,000 has gone into this restoration, as well as countless hours of dedicated volunteer work, to bring this majestic unit back to life.  This mechanism is sure to pull at the heartstrings of anyone involved in engineering or a mechanical trade and visits can be arranged to see this unit in operation before you make a decision to donate to the fund to restore this treasure.

Underwrite Our Fundraising

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We are looking for businesses and individuals to underwrite the costs to stage our fund raising events.  These tax-deductible donations go toward an array of fund raising needs including advertising, event food and drink, entertainment, and rental fees just to name a few.

Current events we are seeking a sponsor, or sponsors, for is our Halloween Carnival in October.  Underwriting funds for this event will be applied to advertising, materials to make games, paint for a face-painting station, prizes for our games, snacks for the kids, and pumpkins for decorating/carving.

We also have our annual Auction, both live and silent, coming up in November – this is a premier event for the Carousel!  For this we need underwriting for advertising and other printed materials such as silent auction and live auction bid sheets as well as printing and mailing costs to solicit items to be donated.  Then there are needs for food and drink for our guests, as well as finer linen, utensils and plates, and any other miscellaneous supplies.

Volunteer

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Sponsorship Options

Inside Animals: 100%

Inside Row

Inside Row

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These figures have all been sponsored! Thank you!

Middle Animals: 100%

Middle Row

Middle Row

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These figures have all been sponsored! Thank you!

Outside Animals: 100%

Outside Row

Outside Row

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These figures have all been sponsored! Thank you!

Animals

This carousel will have 52 primary, 6 replacement, and 5 seasonal animals.  Individual sponsors work with our design team so that the finished animals are personalized to the sponsor’s specifications!

Historic Figures: 100%

Historic Figures

Historic Figures

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These figures have all been sponsored! Thank you!

Historic Figures

These 5 foot tall carved figures stand on pedestals around the Center Panels of the carousel.  These figures are sponsor customizable.  The theme for these pieces are generalized individuals or industry representatives (loggers, ranchers, farmers etc)  that were instrumental in the development of the Northwest.

Rounding Boards: 100%

Rounding Boards

Rounding Boards

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These figures have all been sponsored! Thank you!

Rounding Boards

The lighted and most visible upper outside rim of the carousel has 18 panels (a few still available for sponsorship), each having a large mirror panel, a hand-carved horse head, and a 14 inch diameter oval painting, chosen by the sponsor, which represents a historical structure.

Center Panels:

Center Panels

Center Panels

$3,000

Contact Mary Ellen, carousel artist liaison, at 541-926-8339

Center Panels

This inside wall of the carousel is made up of four stationary center panels – the drive mechanism for the carousel is housed behind these panels. Each is painted with a scene of the Willamette River, depicted in one of the 4 seasons. Sponsors can customize additional carved and/or painted content that will further adorn and enhance these panels.

Picture Panels:

Picture Panels

Picture Panels

$1,200

Contact Mary Ellen, carousel artist liaison, at 541-926-8339

Picture Panels

Above the inside Mirror Panels are 18 picture panels which are approximately 4 foot square. The theme of these panels are yet to be determined.

Mirror Panels:

Mirror Panels

Mirror Panels

$1,000

Contact Mary Ellen, carousel artist liaison, at 541-926-8339

Mirror Panels

The Mirror Panels are positioned between the Picture Panels and the Center Panels. Although the mirror is the main feature a native Northwest bird may be chosen by the sponsor to be painted on each panel.

Bricks: 100%

Bricks

Bricks

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Inscribable Bricks

This option is a perfect opportunity for anyone to become involved with this very special project. Small bricks: 4″ x 8″, eighteen characters (including spaces) on each of it’s three lines. Large bricks: 8″ x 8″, has seven lines of 9, 15, 18, 18, 18, 15, and 9 characters each (including spaces) respectively.