Andy, the webmaster for Shroud Exhibit and Museum Inc. (iSEAM) writes:
I thought you might like to announce we have a new location donated by generous benefactors (not ready to be announced yet – visitors to our page will see it when announced). I have posted an announcement at the top of our pages.
That is good news.
The museum used to be located at the at the White Sands Mall in Alamogordo, NM,
There is a brief notice on the iSEAM website.
As we read on the website today: “Museum Closing After Sunday 8/10/2014 until we relocate.”
Writes Pete Schumacher:
Shroud Exhibit and Museum (SEAM) is forced to move or close operations by September 1, 2014. For 5 and-a-half years, White Sands Mall has generously donated 1900 square feet of prime facilities including all utilities to the Shroud Exhibit and Museum. Recent success has brought them many new paying tenants and they have been able to lease the space in which we have been operating since our opening.
We are very thankful to the owners of White Sands Mall, and to the staff that manages and maintains the mall, for without this generous gift SEAM would not have come into existence. We congratulate them on their success and wish them every success in the future.
So, now it is time to either start a new chapter for the exhibit and museum or end its operations. What happens is up to this community. Your help is needed if we are to continue.
We have a very limited budget. We do not charge fees to enter the exhibit. Nobody is paid to work for SEAM. We are an all-volunteer organization in staff and management. Therefore we need a space that is rent-free and utility-free to the extent possible. The location should be in a commercial area where shopping or tourism is dominate and must be a place where children and staff are in a safe environment.
SEAM is now world famous. Visitors come from Mexico and from neighboring states and communities for the sole purpose of visiting the museum. Some have come from other countries, including France and Panama Central America just to experience the Shroud of Turin through this unique exhibit. The exhibit clearly defines the role of New Mexico science and scientists in the history of the Shroud. It has been good for tourism and good for pride in our community of Alamogordo. On the Internet, over 60,000 visitors and 95 countries have spent time learning about all of this. Many hearts have been converted and souls have been set back onto right path.
If there is any way you can help us, please contact us immediately. Thank you.
Yours in Christ, Deacon Pete Schumacher; Phone: 415-5206; ShroudNM.com
I heard from Andy at iSEAM in Alamogordo, New Mexico. There is an announcement on the Home Page and the Tour Page.
Shroud Exhibit and Museum is in transition: The museum will be vacating the present location on or before September 1, 2014. We do not have a new location. We have little or no budget for facilities as our current space was generously donated to us for the past 5 and-a-half years. We are asking for your prayers as we go through this transition period. If you know of a place for us to relocate, or if you can help us in the move, please contact me immediately at 575-415-5206. Prayers and Blessings, Deacon Pete Schumacher, Shroud Exhibit and Museum, Inc.
From the website:
Free Turin Shroud interactive exhibit at White Sands Mall, 3199 N White Sands Blvd, Suite D1, Alamogordo, NM, 88310. We offer a backlit, full-sized picture, the only interactive VP8 Image Analyzer* 3D experience, NM Shroud research, etc. Our goal is make the Shroud available to all including the vision impaired.
Shroud Exhibit And Museum, Inc., is a non-profit New Mexico corporation, IRS granted tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, listed in the Official Catholic Directory & sustained through your tax deductible donations & our wonderful volunteers. To volunteer to staff the museum, write grants or help in other ways, use Dcn. Pete’s contact above.