$3M Endowment Campaign
The Executive Committee of the Friends of the Center for History of Physics has begun a major campaign to enlarge the Center's Endowment Fund. History that Matters: A Campaign to Help Save Our Heritage will be a three-year effort to raise the Fund from its current level of about $4 million with the addition of another $3 million.
Scientists are justly proud of their record. Within living memory, the sciences of physics, astronomy, geophysics and allied fields spectacularly increased our knowledge of the world and transformed daily life. Yet year by year, the record is slipping away. As pioneering scientists retire or die, we risk losing their unpublished notes and letters, and their irreplaceable recollections of our times. Without such information it will be hard to understand what drove the modern advance of science, and harder still to make this great human story live for students and the public. The Center has long taken the lead in addressing these problems. Mobilizing and coordinating scientists, archivists, historians and educators around the world for some four decades, the Center has pursued its unique mission: to preserve and make known the history of physics and allied fields. The pace of technology and the number and type of important records that should be preserved are increasing. Endowing significant parts of our preservation and outreach programs will make sure that irreplaceable documents and reminiscences are kept safe, so that they can be used to foster a better understanding of our heritage.
Your help will be needed to support the "History that Matters" campaign. We will be approaching our Friends later this year for donations and pledges. Still more, we hope our Friends will tell their colleagues and others who might be interested about the Center's goals, work, and needs. If you are not already a Friend, of course we hope you will join. You can write to us for a brochure explaining the campaign; information is also available on the Friends' Web pages, www.aip.org/history/historymatters/index.html.
Your contribution to "History that Matters" will:
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