Friends of the Zeiss
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For immediate release: 2003 October 1
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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM STAFF CONSIDERED “SOFT COST EASILY CUT”
Mr. Walsh went on to say,
“The Carnegie Science Center used the same rationale when they opened in 1991.
Their revenue was no-where-near projection. The
These statements were in
response to Children’s Museum Executive Director Jane Werner’s promise to the
ARAD Board, on September 2, that the Children’s Museum operating budget would
be “in excess,” with no deficits, once the expanded museum opens next year,
according to their business plan. Yet, according to the Children’s Museum’s
Fiscal Year 2004 grant application to ARAD, the Museum has suffered deficits in
the last four fiscal years, including half-million dollar deficits for the last
two years! Ms. Werner claimed that the business plan projected these deficits,
which are being covered by the Museum’s capital account.
(See Addendum, at end
of news release, for specific figures for the last four fiscal years.)
Mr. Walsh asked the ARAD Board, “Do you really believe that after four years of deficits, with half-million deficits the last two years, the Museum will magically turn a profit, or even break-even, once they have to manage a facility four times the size of the current Museum ?”
According to Mr. Walsh, a former
Treasurer and Trustee of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library of Carnegie,
Mr. Walsh concluded by saying, “If the Children’s Museum expansion project must go forward, then additional revenue sources must be found for operating the expanded building. To maximize the revenue potential of the Buhl Planetarium building, and attendance to the expanded Children’s Museum, we ask that this Board insist that the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector and 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope be returned to the Buhl Planetarium building for historical presentations in the expanded Museum.”
Friends of the Zeiss was formally organized in April of 2002, with the mission "To preserve, maintain and operate, and to raise funds for these purposes, two historic scientific instruments and associated apparatus and artifacts originated at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."
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Addendum – Annual deficits of
Children’s Museum, according to their FY 2004 grant application to
FY 2000: $77,407; FY 2001: $206,149; FY 2002: $555,559; FY 2003: $649,421
Attachment (on reverse side): Text of Statement of Glenn A. Walsh Before ARAD Board, 2003 October 1.