Best Use of Kickstarter

The Valentine Richmond History Center wants to be known for pushing the boundaries of what museums can be — whether that means starting a walking history tour or holding a community forum about the proposed Shockoe Bottom ballpark. Now it’s using the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to help pay for its latest acquisition: a scrap of sheet metal that came off when NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace hit the wall at Richmond International Raceway. “What does it mean to have a fender salvaged from a wreck at RIR in a museum?” the pitch asks. That’s a community forum we’d love to attend.


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