Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Inc

  • Vista, CA
  • http://www.agsem.com

Mission Statement

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, a non-profit corporation, collects, preserves and displays examples of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity. Acknowledging the past provides direction for the future.

Main Programs

  1. The Mottino Farm and Winery Artifacts Exhibit
  2. AGSEM's Metal Arts Education Facility
  3. Preserving the Susie Henzie Collection of Looms, Spinning Wheels, and Textiles
  4. AGSEM's Annual Museum Growth Campaign
  5. AGSEM's Legacy Society and Your Remembrance Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

AGSEM serves the residents and visitors to northern San Diego County and Southern California as a whole.

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer since 1991

Self-reported

Mr. Rod R Groenewold

Keywords

Self-reported

Tractor Museum, Vista Museum, Engine Museum, Weaving, Blacksmith

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Also Known As

NONE

EIN

33-0205333

 Number

3547709050

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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AGSEM's Top Five Accomplishments in 2014: 1. Provided events, programs, and enrichment classes to over 60,000 visitors including our School of Times Past K-8 field trip program. AGSEM has increased membership to over 1500 member/volunteers. Our membership increase came from expanded enrichment education programing and gaining many new family memberships. 2. Raised $45,000 to restore an 1894 Russell Steam Traction Engine that was donated to AGSEM by the family of Rube Nelson, a well-known Escondido businessman and in addition we added two other rare vehicles to our collection. 3. Improved our facilities by adding a food storage warehouse (Commissary) next to the existing Food Court, remodeling a restroom building, and building a new Museum Entry Monument. 4. Raised funds to not only match but exceed a $35,000 challenge grant for our future Metal Arts Education Facility.5. Increased our annual general operating budget for 2014 over our 2013 budget by 12%. AGSEM's Top Five Goals for 2015 are: 1. Increase membership by another 15%. 2. Expand educational programming for all age groups by: (1)adding enrichment classes and workshops in blacksmithing and weaving/fiber arts, (2) expanding the high school apprenticeship program to include diesel as well as gas engines, and (3)adding more special needs groups to the Farm-to-Table for the Disabled program. 3. Start work on: (1)Metal Arts Education Facility (2) Susie Henzie Spinning Wheels, Looms, and Fiber Arts exhibit building (3) modifications to an existing building in order to house the Mottino Family Farm, Vineyard, and Winery Artifacts Collection exhibit. 4. Increase designated funds raised by 15% for AGSEM's interest areas, programs, and collections designated funds.5. Increase our annual activities by adding three new events such as historical demonstrations, cultural (such as music festivals), or fundraising events (such as consignment auctions) for the public to learn about history and enjoy.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Mottino Farm and Winery Artifacts Exhibit

The Mottino Family, with a long history of farming in San Diego County, originally purchased ground in Vista nearly 100 years ago. Joe raised lima beans and other dry land crops on their farm just west of our museum. Mary's family owned and operated the Borra vineyard and winery in Escondido. Used in growing lima beans and grapes and in wine production, these artifacts will be housed by repurposing and remodeling classroom space that in the past was under lease to another organization. AGSEM has raised or had pledged over $272,279 for the project of which $250,000 is a matching pledge. We have written our 2015 TOT grant proposal to the County for the project and have included it as part of our 2015 Museum Growth letter campaign. $250,000 is still needed for the building remodel, site work, artifact restoration, and display. Please donate today and help make this project a reality.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

AGSEM's Metal Arts Education Facility

AGSEM's blacksmithing program, which was started in 1982, is a great asset for Southern California. Our program serves groups such as Boy Scouts, Young Marines, and trains people to volunteer at other forges.With our Blacksmith Education Program in high demand and heavily impacted, waiting lists extend 18 weeks or more. Often requests go unfulfilled. People are unable to get the timely training that they need to volunteer at other blacksmith venues and parks.This building will help alleviate the long waiting lists. Also we'll be able to expand programs to include areas such as welding and fabricating. Furthermore, in the clean, well-lighted and ventilated classroom -- the Bohn Industrial Arts Classroom -- we'll offer enrichment classes such as precious metal work, jewelry making, and metal sculpting. Our program is supported by members and non-members alike. Since August, 2014 we've raised over $87,250 for the facility. Please donate and help complete this important project.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$464,750.00

Program 3

Preserving the Susie Henzie Collection of Looms, Spinning Wheels, and Textiles

Susie Henzie is a well-known collector, author and authority on textile arts and equipment. During a lifetime of travel she has acquired a world-class collection of spinning wheels and looms. It dates back to the 17th Century and contains Guatemalan, Japanese, Norwegian, English and American artifacts. Susie's Depression Era looms are significant because they were used in the WPA, CCC, and NRA programs. Other artifacts were used in productions such as Roots, Practical Magic, and Marcus Welby, M.D. Although several major metropolitan museums expressed interest in it, Henzie has donated her collection to AGSEM. Our museum plans an approximately 3500 s.f. building to house the collection and associated enrichment education and demonstration areas. The initial estimate for the project is $550,000. Since February, 2015 members and friends of AGSEM's Fiber Artists and Weavers have donated and pledged over $135,000 to the Spinning Wheel building's construction fund.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$415,000.00

Program 4

AGSEM's Annual Museum Growth Campaign

AGSEM's Museum Growth Fund provides for maintenance of the collections and facilities we've worked so hard over 39 years to build. Each year projects are selected to benefit from the campaign's funds. This year AGSEM will restore a circa 1931 Available truck. We've had this 'rare bird' donated from a local business. It's critical that the body be restored immediately in order to avoid losing this relic due to wood deterioration. This truck, one of AGSEM's movie stars, was used in scenes of The Changeling. Actress Angelina Jolie was seated in its back. Historical Significance: Established in 1910, the Available Truck Company of Chicago produced approximately 2,500 specialty trucks over 47 years. Our Available truck has considerable historical significance. Our curator's research revealed only one other Available truck of this type. It is described in Lost Truck Legends authored by Robert Gabrick. Also we will add a patio the front of AGSEM's banquet hall, improving its serviceability.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$125,000.00

Program 5

AGSEM's Legacy Society and Your Remembrance Program

Creating gift through AGSEM's Legacy Society is a process that includes several steps. First is pinpointing your interests at AGSEM. Then forge the future by creating a gift that will support the interest area or program of your choice. Museum director, Rod Groenewold can assist you with this process. ""Your Remembrance Program"" gifts may be made on-line or through the mail. The "Your Remembrance Program" was created by lifetime member and former Board Member, George Bohn. The program provides members and friends of the Museum a way to recognize or honor individuals who are or have been important in their lives and in AGSEM's history. Donations toward the ""Your Remembrance Program"" are placed in the Museum's Endowment Fund. Only interest generated each year by investing the Endowment Fund may be used on museum projects. All those being recognized or honored and their donors will have their names permanently inscribed in a "Remembrance Book" on display in the Museum Gift Shop.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

AGSEM serves the residents and visitors to northern San Diego County and Southern California as a whole.

Funding Needs

Our volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to provide the events and programs that generate our general operating funds. Your gifts will go completely to these worthwhile projects - not to operating overhead. Please donate today and help us continue as one of San Diego County's truly unique resources. 1. Housing the Mottino Farm and Winery Artifacts Collection: to preserve this treasure trove of artifacts that are so important to North San Diego County's agricultural heritage. We must match a $250,000 pledge for this project. 2. Building the Metal Arts Education Facility so that the long class waiting list can be eliminated and expand our Metal Arts Education Program. Goal: $550,000. We've raised $87,250. 3. Construct the Spinning Wheel building to house Susie Henzie's world class collection of looms, spinning wheels, and textile artifacts. Goal: $550,000. We've raised $135,000. 4, Please help AGSEM's 2015 Museum Growth Fund to restore our rare circa 1931 Available Truck and build an entry patio for Building C. We've just started our 2015 appeal. 5. Please donate to AGSEM's Legacy Society and Your Remembrance - (for AGSEM's Endowment) program so that AGSEM will be able to continue as a valuable community asset in San Diego County for many decades into the future.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

Vista Chamber of Commerce

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ANTIQUE GAS & STEAM ENGINE MUSEUM
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Rod R Groenewold

BIO

Education: 1988 - B. A. History University of Nebraska Employment: 1991 to Present - Director Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Inc., Vista, CA 1987 - 1991 - Director Dawson County Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska When Rod Groenewold became our director, AGSEM consisted of eight buildings. Since then he has overseen the addition of 18 buildings, substantial building renovations and additions. Currently he is managing the planning of two new exhibits and an enrichment education facility. Under Rod's management AGSEM's revenue has grown from $66,000 in 1991 to over $568,000 in 2014. Two ways he has improved AGSEM revenues are by increasing the number of onsite events and by collaborating with Carlsbad Flower Fields to generate off-site funding (almost $137,000 was raised at 2014 Flower Fields). His management allows AGSEM to differ from typical small to medium-sized museums in that we are diversified in our interests and in our investment portfolio. AGSEM's endowment fund balance at 2014 year end was $118,620. Rod's talents include an ability to motivate our volunteers. AGSEM is a volunteer-based organization. Therefore most functions are performed by members. AGSEM's 1500 member-volunteers come from all walks of life. Rod feels that the depth of talent, expertise, and commitment of our volunteers that enables AGSEM to accomplish so much with so few financial resources. He is very grateful to our hard working volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours of their time to museum operations, activities, collections maintenance, and facilities maintenance. Rod is active in Vista's community and within AGSEM's organization. He has been interviewed for television, radio and print stories including multiple episodes of Modern Marvels. He is the past president of the Vista Chamber of Commerce and is a current 5th district representative to the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation Committee.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"If I were to describe The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in one word it would be relevance. Our over 1500 volunteer members demonstrate and teach early day skills and trades in structured educational programming. These programs serve pre-school through adult and special needs participants. We are one of few museums in the nation that functions around a working collection. Rather than another typical collection of static exhibits and recitation of dry facts, we truly bring the past to life and demonstrate the evolution of technology and its relevance to today. - Rod Groenewold"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Paul Schmitt

retired

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2015

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