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nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization at both the state (Michigan) and the Federal level.
HistoryBuff.com first went online in 1995 and currently averages 10 million
file accesses and in excess of 3 million page views annually. 1,782 Web sites
have links to HistoryBuff.com files. Almost all of these links are from school,
library, or historical societies Web sites.
I, Rick Brown, have never taken
a dime for my labor for work done on HistoryBuyff.com. I have also previously paid
all other expenses associated with HistoryBuff.com - server fees, traffic fees,
hardware and software, as well as advanced programming that I am unable to do.
Keeping the site online and constantly updating it has become quite costly. It has been running several thousand dollars a year to keep updated. Among
other expenses, the large format flatbed scanner I have been using for 6 years now is
on its last leg. The manufacturer no longer provides repair service for this model.
This scanner is used to digitize the original newspapers for the Online Newspaper
Archives. A new one of sufficient quality costs $1,400-$1,600.
I would like to add virtual
tours of historic homes and complexes in American history to HistoryBuff.com. The
first one will be the Abraham Lincoln home and neighborhood, law offices and old
state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. I have already purchased an
excellent digital camera out of my own pocket but still need other hardware and
software in order to do the virtual tours. (Virtual tours are not static shots and
viewed in a slide show manner. Instead they are 360 degree views of the various
rooms.) Audio commentary will be included in the virtual tours to relate historical
background to what the visitor is seeing.
The tenth of each month a
newsletter is sent out by email to several thousand subscribers. The newsletter is
free and contains trivia, brain teasers, and a trivia contest. Ten prizes are award
each month. In return for placing banners to promote upcoming History Channel
documentaries, they provide the better prizes offered as prizes for these contests.
The rest of the prizes (historic newspapers, etc.) I purchase out of my own
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