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Nonprofit group presents donation to Boyertown military museum

BOYERTOWN — The Whimsies, a nonprofit group, recently presented a donation to the General Carl Spaatz National USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) Museum to help fund a temperature-controlled room housing vintage uniforms and other historical materials.

Opened in 2021, the World War II experience-based attraction at 10 General Spaatz Ave. has continued to expand its collection of donated military artifacts, uniforms and other memorabilia for exhibits.

“Because of the success of the museum, our inventory of WWII uniforms and valuable historical items has grown significantly and has outpaced our ability to store these types of items appropriately,” retired Marine Col. Keith Seiwell, CEO and founder of the museum, said in a statement.

The military museum has drawn up plans to convert a room attached to the building into a storage facility. However, the museum needs help to fund the project which includes materials, lumber, and insulation, Seiwell said.

On May 15, the Questers Whimsies presented the museum with a donation of $1,000 to help build the climate-controlled storage room.

“Dollie Walsh and the Questers Whimsies visited our museum last year and thoroughly enjoyed the tour we gave them. As a civic-minded organization, they expressed an interest in helping the General Spaatz Museum with any significant projects that we needed to further our mission of teaching about the contributions of local men and women to victory during WWII, and passing on that legacy to future generations,” said Seiwell.

The Whimsies, a chapter of the nonprofit organization Questers International, consists of 15 members who meet once a month to tour historic sites and museums or attend historical lectures.

“Our focus is on education of our members, the public and preservation of history,” Dollie Walsh of the Whimsies said in a statement.  “Although we have no affiliation with General Spaatz Museum, when we initially toured it, we were very taken with their work, the local ties and what they are trying to achieve.”

The Whimsies applied for and was the recipient of a matching grant by Questers International.

“When PA Questers announced the opportunity for a matching grant, we immediately thought of this museum as a worthwhile recipient,” said Walsh. “The grant was for matching funds, which means that our group, Whimsies, needed to provide funds to match the amount we requested.”

The grant was for $1,000, of which $500 was funded by The Whimsies.

“When contacted about the possibility of a grant, Keith was very clear about how the funds could best be used,” said Walsh. “We are very excited to know that we helped provide a portion of funds to build a temperature and light-controlled room for the protection of precious vintage uniforms and other historical artifacts.”

Seiwell said the museum presented the project plans and material list to the Whimsies through Dolly and they did the rest.

“The grant they are presenting to us is key to the successful completion of the project and without their assistance and generosity, we couldn’t have been able to proceed. Our many thanks are extended to all the members of the Whimsies who made this project possible,” said Seiwell.

For more information about Questers International, visit https://www.questers1944.org/.


Source: Berkshire mont

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