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Press Release: Major Fundraising Campaign Launched to Save Wardenclyffe

Posted August 15, 2012

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Shoreham, NY)—The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, working with TheOatmeal.com, launched an IndieGoGo.com capital funding campaign on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 to raise enough money to save Wardenclyffe.

TheOatmeal.com is a webpage created by a Tesla fan who has an enormous internet following. Its creator, Matthew Inman, heard about the need for funds to purchase the Wardenclyffe site, and volunteered to help with that effort.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $850,000, which would allow the science organization to have access to a matching grant for the same amount that has been made available by New York State, and then to purchase the property.

Contributors to the organization will receive thank-you gifts depending upon the size of their contribution. They range from photographs and t-shirts to admission to a Tesla conference in New York City and a night at the New Yorker Hotel, where Tesla lived the last years of his life.

Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe has been trying to save the 15+ acre site in Shoreham where Nikola Tesla, the father of robotics, remote control, alternating current, and radio, had a laboratory. It is the last laboratory anywhere in the world where Tesla worked. Still remaining at the site is the original building designed by famous architect Stanford White, and the octagonal foundation for Tesla’s iconic Wardenclyffe tower, which he intended to use to transmit wireless messages and energy over 100 years ago. The Tesla organization plans to create a science center and Tesla museum at the site, including a physics playground, an auditorium, and other attractions. The site is currently owned by Agfa Corporation, which is asking $1.6 million for it.

Interested persons can visit TeslaScienceCenter.org, TheOatmeal.com, or IndieGoGo.com/teslamuseum for more information and to contribute. Also, updates to the campaign will be posted via Twitter (#teslascience) and on the Facebook page (Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe).

Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York, dedicated to saving and restoring Wardenclyffe, and transforming it into a science learning center and museum.

Contact:
Jane Alcorn
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
(631) 929-8685
jalcorn@TeslaScienceCenter.org
P.O. Box 552
Shoreham, NY 11786

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