Friday, October 7, 2011
Poppenhusen in dire straits
From the Times Ledger:
The Poppenhusen Institute in College Point has been a fixture in the community for 143 years.
But even the oldest, most historic structures are often no match for an economic maelstrom, and the institute has fallen on hard times along with much of the rest of the nation.
The situation is becoming critical as the institute’s exhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifecutive director, Susan Brustmann, estimates that it needs to raise about $40,000 to $50,000 by next June in order to stay open.
So Brustmann is being proactive in order to ensure the best chances for the beloved site’s continuing to serve future generations as a museum and living piece of the area’s history. The institute, which is on the National Register and is landmarked by the city, raised $8,000 in July and August, and it has been awarded capital improvement for exterior renovations as well as the installation of elevators and handicapped-accessible bathrooms.
But the issue is bringing in money to pay for programs and operations and to foot the gas, electric and insurance bills.
They are toying with the idea of selling their roof as ad space.