Thursday, May 19, 2016

Help Rancho Obi-Wan for Museum Day

As usual, ROT5 is a couple of days late to the party. In honor of a belated International Museum Day, we wanted to campaign for all our readers to donate at least one dollar to Rancho Obi-Wan. For those that aren't familiar with Rancho Obi-Wan, it is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation whose specific purpose is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of "Star Wars" memorabilia and artifacts, using the collection to provide meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for a wide array of audiences and to carry out other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal. See a video of Steve Sansweet speaking about Rancho Obi-Wan and make your donation after the jump.

Funds raised are used for insurance, utilities, professional services, maintenance on the buildings, and protection and preservation of the collection. None is used to acquire collectibles. Monies raised also enable Rancho Obi-Wan to perform public outreach to schools and other charitable organizations and to support community programs.

In other words, Rancho Obi-Wan is an ever-growing "Star Wars" museum ran by former Director of Content Management and head of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm. They're in the midst of a fundraiser right now to raise money to fix up an existing barn into a building that will house the Mos Eisley Cantina set from 2015's "Star Wars" Celebration Anaheim.

During the year, Rancho Obi-Wan frequently offers free “School Days at the Museum,” which includes a two to three hour tour for a class with educational emphasis placed on a topic that the teacher requests (Star Wars and Science, The Entertainment Industry, The Impact of Popular Culture on our Lives, Creativity, etc.) Our president, Steve Sansweet, author of 16 Star Wars books, has delivered scores of lectures in the past 15 years, has been interviewed on numerous television shows and online podcasts and videos, and was a lecturer in the 1980s at the University of Southern California, where he taught courses in Basic Journalism and Business Journalism.

You can go here to donate a $1.00 or more to help raise the $35,000 needed to keep growing Rancho Obi-Wan. Let them know who sent you by leaving a note that referred you!

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