The '54 Fund
Since our founding in 1954, the National Sporting Library & Museum has served as a steward of sporting history and tradition through education, accessibility, and community building. This year we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the opening of our Museum, an important milestone that you have helped us achieve. As we reflect on this exciting moment in our history, we look to the future: continuing to preserve our collections for posterity, as well as introduce a new audience to sporting culture and our connection to landscape and wildlife.
Thanks to your overwhelming generosity to The ’54 Fund last year, we were able to engage 45,000 people, both virtually and in-person with our collections, exhibitions, and programs. You helped us bring New Yorks Times Best Selling Author and renowned conservationist Douglas Tallamay to Middleburg to speak about his book Nature’s Best Hope. Your support last year allowed us to digitize over 5,000 important historic equestrian photographs for future generations which can now be accessed anywhere in the world. On top of that you helped us make free community events possible, such as our Open Late concerts and Sunday Sketch classes.
Donations to The ’54 Fund will support our most essential needs as we head into the new year. If you have not yet had the opportunity to see Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar, a partnership with the AKC Museum of the Dog, we hope you will visit us soon to see a sampling of the NSLM’s dog collar collection – the largest in the world – all cared for by your support.