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Crawford auction goes against wishes of volunteers

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Stan B. Witkowski

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Opinion
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In response to your Sept. 25 article "Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum to auction $1 million in cars," this [situation] is an absolute travesty.

The Western Reserve Historical Society was entrusted with the Crawford Auto-Aviation collection, and they are selling away the rich automotive hisory of the Western Reserve against the wishes of the surviving widow of Fred Crawford (Kay Crawford) and most of the volunteer staff of the museum. Shari Kochman states that they don't have the money for preservation.

This is not what was stated at the "State of the Society" meeting on Sept. 23, 2009. The volunteers are all paid the same fee: nothing. We [the volunteers] don't even enjoy a free membership to the WRHS; we must pay for that privilege. So my question is, if we get parts, cleaning products, and services from donors, donated sums of money for specifically targeted restorations, and we buy parts and products ourselves, where is the great cost incurred in preserving autos that were graciously donated and upkept with donations, grants, and endowments?

Has the whole Society gone mad? We need some accounting and we need it now!
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    posted 10/02/09 @ 10:36 AM EST

    Stan Witkowski is working to bring down the entire Western Reserve Historical Society. The Crawford volunteers never tell the whole story. They always omit the fact that the previous administration of Pat Reymann (who was board president and then President of the Society) and David Sunderhaft (who was board treasurer)permitted the budget for a project to move the Crawford Museum out to a site on Lake Erie to grow far beyond the Society's ability to fundraise. (Continued…)

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