A Personal Appeal To Help Us Preserve History
Click on the link here for our DONATION PAGE – Indiegogo/Past Daily/Gordon Skene Sound Collection Fundraiser
As you probably all know by now, we’ve been having a Fundraiser. In connection with Fractured Atlas and Indiegogo, Past Daily is in the middle of raising funds to continue our preservation and restoration project. Most all the sounds you hear on this website come from our Archive (The Gordon Skene Sound Collection). Since 1963, we’ve been gathering and acquiring thousands of hours of historic audio going back to the late 1890s right up to the present day. It’s a massive project but it’s something I believe in. I believe History plays an important role in our lives, because it gives us perspective and it often acts in a cautionary role. Most situations throughout history have some precedence – an event, or one almost exactly similar, have taken place at some point in history.
Sadly, a lot of that history is gone; destroyed or erased. And much of it sits gathering dust; forgotten and deteriorating.
I have been trying to prevent that. It is the goal of this website and my archive to make as much of this recorded history available to you as is humanly possible. I believe you deserve it – I believe it is your right to be informed and I believe it is my obligation to make those sources available to you to study and learn from in order to make informed choices about your future.
And that’s why I need your help. Past Daily is only the conduit from which much of those preserved pieces of history are delivered to you, every day – seven days a week. The bigger picture is the archive – the place all these piece of history come from.
This year, through Fractured Atlas we have become a non-profit Organization, pledged to furthering the cause of history and culture for the public good. The contributions you make are Tax Deductible and go directly to funding the further restoration and preservation of the thousands of hours of historic news, interviews and Culture which still need to be digitized and available.
Starting in 2015, we will be actively pursuing grants and Foundation funding to continue our work. For now, we are trying to get enough to keep us up and running until the end of the year.
Many of you who have gone to our Indiegogo Page expressed surprise that our fundraiser has put such a high dollar amount as our goal. That was a mistake on my part – I misread it, thinking it was an estimate for our yearly operating costs. But unfortunately, I couldn’t go back and change it to the more reasonable $15,000 which is needed between September and January. We learn from our mistakes.
But the bottom line is – we need your help, and whatever you can chip in order for us to achieve it is greatly needed and gratefully appreciated.
We’re not asking for a lot. As I’ve said at the end of each of my posts these past few weeks, we need as much as you are willing to give. Most people have been kicking in $25.00. And if enough of you did that, we would reach our realistic goal in a matter of hours.
We have very little time left for this fundraiser – we will be finished by the end of the month. And that’s why I’m writing this appeal to you now, to ask your help and your support while there is still time.
Many of you have chipped in and your contributions have made a huge difference. We just need to hear from more of you. Any amount you contribute will be part of achieving our goal and all of it is needed right now.
Please join Rick Perlstein, Casey Danson, Brian Storm, Michael Gray, Bruce Lerner, Marcia Harrow, Pete Senoff, Kirk Henry, Richard Foos and so many others who have graciously and generously contributed to help keep history alive and our mission vital.
We’re here because you’re here and we’re all here because History is important and knowing about the world around you is essential in understanding what are often confusing times.
If you agree, please click on the link above, or on the headline below and contribute what you can and help make a difference. And tell your friends.
Over to you,