Dear Museum Supporter,
Gratitude. Excitement. Satisfaction. These are a few of the emotions lingering in the air as we near the end of our 50th anniversary. What a year it has been! From the launch of our traveling exhibition On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats to the creation of our permanent Selch-Bakwin fly room, we have accomplished more in 2018 than we could have dreamed.
All of our work—which includes public and community programs, the production of the American Fly Fisher journal, collections maintenance, traveling and onsite exhibitions, and digital content—has been made possible by our steadfast and generous supporters. Our budget is funded primarily through membership dues, fund-raising events, and individual gifts. We are writing now to ask that you please consider the American Museum of Fly Fishing when making your philanthropic decisions for year-end giving.
Every donation received toward our annual appeal will directly and positively affect our initiatives for 2019:
• We are actively looking for a full-time collections manager who will oversee all aspects of our various collections and will undertake the database conversion project. This will allow each and every item in our permanent collection to be safely and accurately documented in a web-based system, with the ultimate goal to make this accessible to the public at amff.org.
• The Leigh H. Perkins Gallery at AMFF will welcome new and updated exhibitions. Although the Wonders of Fly Fishing exhibit (which opened in 2013) has served our visitors well, it is time to install and display a fresh take on the history of our great sport. Additionally, we will offer supplemental shows, including a Stephen Smith fish carvings exhibit and a celebration of Billinghurst reels (in 1859, William Billinghurst made the first patented reel in the United States).
• The American Fly Fisher, Fly-Fishing Festival, kids summer clinics, fly-tying instruction, and entertaining and educational blog content are among the ways we continue to prioritize public outreach.
At this point in our institution’s history, we want to express sincerest appreciation. Thank you for counting on us to provide a safe home for the history of fly fishing. Thank you for sharing our passion. And thank you for continuing to support the wonderful heritage that is the American Museum of Fly Fishing.
AMFF Board President
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