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This fundraiser ended on 05/30/11

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The fundraiser is to help open an Museum and exhibition about America's rich Islamic history, and to shed light on it's culture diversity

Collections & Stories of American Muslims, Inc. (CSAM) is a non-profit organization established since 1996 and dedicated to the collection, preservation, and education of America’s Islamic history. Over the years we have traveled around the country and overseas with our exhibition. We have been blessed to give presentations and exhibitions at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, the DuSable Museum of Chicago, the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, Harvard University, Stanford University, Colgate University, Rutgers, and a host of other Universities, Mosques, and community’ centers across the country and abroad.

This year we are planning our next exhibition starting in February and running for four months called “Views From the Windows of America’s Islamic History.” The exhibition will trace America’s rich Islamic history with the exhibits “Forgotten Roots: Muslims in Early America,” and the “Untold Story: Muslims of the Early 20th Century.” During the same period we will also highlight “Muslims in the Military and Civic Life,” “Interfaith Work,” and “The History of Masjid Muhammad.” We will also highlight some achievements and contributions of Muslims.

We are in need of financial support and sponsorship for seed money for leasehold improvements, exhibit fixtures, printing, programming, signage, and the four-month overhead operation budget. The project total budget for the four months is $113,000.00

I understand this is a short notice and I’m sorry for it. We have just finalized an lease agreement with Masjid Muhammad.For the months of February-May, with the option to negotiate a longer-term lease.

This exhibition will provide a great opportunity to highlight Muslims in a positive light as well as showing that we are a part of the American fabric. We plan to reach out to the public schools in the Washington, DC metro area, as well as the general public, and tourists to come visit the exhibits. The space is within three blocks of the metro, as well as near the Fredrick Douglas Museum and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. We know that the exhibit and programs will have a positive effect on the image and understanding of Muslims.

With your help and support we can have a great impact on the impression and appreciation of Muslims as part of the American culture.
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