29 Aug '12, 8pm

Get Ready for a Tesla Museum: Crowdfunding raises money to purchase Nikola Tesla's old lab

Get Ready for a Tesla Museum: Crowdfunding raises money to purchase Nikola Tesla's old lab

Never underestimate the power of a good sense of humor. For 15 years, a not-for-profit organization called Friends of Science East has been trying to raise money to purchase the derelict remains of Nikola Telsa’s former laboratory in Shoreham, on New York’s Long Island. At this site, dubbed Wardenclyffe, Telsa erected both a large laboratory building (designed by the famed architect Stanford White) and a 60-meter-tall tower from which he planned to broadcast electrical power by means that are still not clear. Friends of Science East has long sought to turn Tesla’s old Long Island laboratory into a museum and science center to honor the renowned inventor. The New York state government even offered US $850 000 in matching funds to help with the purchase of the property, which is on sale for $1.6 million. Yet up until now the project has languished for lack of sufficient supp...

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