The collection is quite extensive and offers some interesting historical perspectives and stories... read more
Greetings, I will attempt to answer the question proposed by Ben, regarding the statues. I am not sure how I was perceived as being pessimistic, so hopefully this response will clear that up. The statues are the property... More
Greetings, I will attempt to answer the question proposed by Ben, regarding the statues. I am not sure how I was perceived as being pessimistic, so hopefully this response will clear that up. The statues are the property of various cities and or states. They do not belong to individuals or privately governed entities. Therefore, the future of the statues will be a decision made by officials representing states or their municipalities. As far as I know, most are being warehoused for the time being or transferred to other state/city designations. They are not being taken to landfills, scrap yards...or being given to individuals, at this time. The moving and erection of statues is something that our board has some background with. Are you familiar with Fort Lowell's "Chief Trumpeter" statue? Well, that was created by Dan Bates, our founder, in the building which is now the museum. That was not paid for by the city...and it still was no easy task. Moving a city statue is a work of large scale construction in and of itself. Museum of the Horse Soldier is on leased property. We do not own the land in which you proposed the statues be placed...even if the respective cities did in fact want to just give them away, which they do not. Then there are costs associated with transporting large statues across the continent and the cost of erection once the statues arrived. The cleaning and maintenance of statues as needed. All of this would take a larger budget than our museum has. Remember, we take on the cost of this museum ourselves. There are no tax monies which support this museum. And financial donations are unfortunately thus far almost nonexistent. I suggested in our correspondence that much larger museums, with much more funding, would be a more realistic answer for the statues. In the end, the decision will be made by elected officials in the respective states. As I had said to Ben, I appreciate the notion that we are at a level to have such grand artwork...but realistically, we are not. We don't own our building, and have our hands full maintaining a collection of historic items and keeping them in safe conditions. Our collection has been focused on displaying real, authentic, items which made history. Maybe someday we will be able to afford contemporary artist renditions of history. But we are a long way from that financial situation. Until then, I hope people will appreciate that we have, on own sweat and finances, built a collection of truly rare items which helped make our military's history. Many of our items are the best or only examples in the nation. The public supporting us, as a museum, will allow us to grow. I hope this helps to explain why a city would not vote to give their property to a small, minimally funded museum, on leased property. There are already multiple, more well-heeled, institutions in line for such items should they leave the state's/city's property inventory. With your financial support, we may be able to grow into the museum in which you perceived. Thank you again Ben, and everyone else, for their interest. The public’s input is greatly appreciated. You can further show your interest by making tax free donations to Museum of the Horse Soldier.