Emmett Brown From the Director’s Desk

By Emmett Brown

November 4, 2021

Four days ago we ended our museum operations for the 2021 season. For obvious reasons, in April we were a bit apprehensive as to what the spring, summer and fall would bring. To coin an old expression,”What me worry?” We immediately busted our doors off their hinges. We were greeted with nothing but crowds with a lot of smiles on their faces. I suppose all the pent-up anxieties and emotions of the pandemic could only be bottled up for so long. Our admissions saw the greatest gain in years. As proof, our gift shop was nearly stripped clean by the end of June. Much to our chagrin, the new supply chain issues reared its ugly head and prevented us from fully re-stocking throughout the rest of the season. When we closed earlier in the week we only had a dozen apparel items left hanging. That said, we still managed a pretty nice net to gross for the year. Thank you to all who visited. It is very much appreciated.

On November 1st we also closed out our 50/50 cash raffle. Congratulations to lifetime Hall member Pete Calderone of Illinois. Pete’s take was $4322.50. Pete very graciously donated back a substantial amount of his proceeds to the Hall. Thank you Pete and thank you to all who participated in this important fund raiser.

Beginning next week we are going to undertake a substantial (and expensive) upgrade to our museum. Gone will be all the hodge-podge carpeting throughout the museum complex. Also gone will be the last two “orange doors” from the museum. All this comes at a hefty cost, about $50K. This is why our museum admissions, gift shop, supporting membership programs and ancillary fund raising programs are so important. I thank all of you who continue to support us.

Fall is on the wane in the Northwoods and winter is not too far around the corner. In fact, Lake Hayward skimmed over a bit last night. Now that the crowds have gone our staff will be busy conducting their administrative chores, Monday through Friday. That said, I already miss our visitors and their smiling faces.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Holiday season.

Until the winter,

Best regards,
Emmett A. Brown, Jr. | Executive Director