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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 53, December 31, 2006, Article 15

THE MINT PAYS UP: EDISON SITES RECEIVE FUNDING

The Sandusky Register reported this week that funding from the U.S.
Mint commemorative coin sales has arrived at the Edison Birthplace
Museum in Milan, OH.

"In 2004 the United States Mint issued a commemorative Edison coin.
Through the sale of the coin, a certain percentage of the proceeds
was made available to Edison sites around the country.

The catch: the Edison sites would have to raise $375,000 and the Mint
would match it.

"We found out two years ago that in order to receive the money from
the U.S. Mint we had to raise the money to match the $375,000. It
was all or nothing," said George Mayer, honorary campaign chairman.

The campaign concluded in October, raising a little more than the
goal, which was matched by the Mint this month."

"The money was placed in an endowment fund and the museum will
receive $30,000 each year, which will cover a little more than a
third of the operating budget.

"It will certainly help a great deal," said Larry Russell, curator.
"There isn't much of anything today that Edison didn't touch. He
really did things that were very essential to modern living. It's
just proper to have museums around the country that celebrate his
life."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

To visit the Edison Birthplace Museum web site, see: Edison Birthplace Museum

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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