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Project Lio-rama

$5,505
55%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
68 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 16, at 11:59 PM CST
Project Owners

Research Underway

June 06, 2017

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who supported Project Lio-rama.  While we did not meet our financial goal, we do feel the project was a success.  Support came in many ways.  Of course there was financial support.  During a four-week period 65 donors contributed over $4400 through the GOLDrush website, and additional donations came in offline at the museum.

Additional support came in the way of media awareness.  The story of Harry & Josephine resonated with the community. Newspapers (Press Citizen, Des Moines Register, Cedar Rapids Gazette,  & Daily Iowan) and television news (KCRG & DITV) provided coverage of the GOLDrush campaigns & Project Lio-rama in particular.

The media coverage alerted a wider audience to the work being done to create a better exhibit for the lions.  The public has come forth to share their own stories of the lions & the Iowa City Zoo. We even discovered that the lioness’s skeleton has been down the hall in an archaeology lab for years!

Many of our original questions remain.  What caused the lions’ deaths?   Were they named Harry & Josephine or King Leo & Pet?  How long did they live in the Woodlawn carriage house?  Did the sound of their roars really travel throughout Iowa City? There is now funding to begin preliminary research into lions’ storied history in Iowa City.  Our first venture into crowdfunding taught us much and we couldn’t have done it without you!  We look forward to sending you future updates as Project Lio-rama moves ahead.

14 HOURS LEFT!

December 16, 2016

Today is the FINAL DAY of our campaign, and we've raised $4,305 from 61 donors!!! We have TWO GOALS we are trying to achieve before time runs out—can you help?

GOAL ONE: Gain 9 more donors before midnight!

GOAL TWO: Reach $5,000 before midnight!

Consider making an additional gift, or encourage your friends and family to donate by sharing our page via email or social media: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/projectliorama  

Thank you for supporting Project Lio-rama!

UI Pentacrest Museums

What time is it? Challenge time!

December 08, 2016

It’s hard to believe there are only 8 days left in Project Lio-rama.  We have been so pleased by the response to our campaign so far, but we still have work to do to reach our $10,000 goal. We are hoping to raise an additional $1,000 and gain 25 new donors in the next 7 days—and we could use your help!

Harry & Josephine have so much to teach our visitors – they can share stories of earlier Iowa City and a different time in museum history all while serving as an inspiration to solve the challenges facing modern day conservation in Africa.  Your donations will make this project possible.

Please consider supporting this project by 1) making a donation, and/or 2) sharing our campaign page with your social networks. Here is the link: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/projectliorama

Already made your donation? Thank you! Please help us spread the word about our project by sharing the following link on social media: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/projectliorama.

Thank you, The UI Pentacrest Museums

The Daily Iowan visits Harry & Josephine

November 30, 2016

Word of Project Lio-rama continues to spread!  This week UI Pentacrest Museums Direct Trina Roberts spoke with reporters from the Daily Iowan and their sister station, DITV (story @ 3:49 min).  It’s a wonderful opportunity to share our story with the campus.

If you are one of the 40 donors who have already given, you realize the impact of your gift.  Thanks to you, we’ve raised over $2,800 and are nearly a third of the way to our goal!  Continue to help Project Lio-rama by sharing the campaign on your social media networks: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/projectliorama

Thank you,

The UI Pentacrest Museums

P.S. Lion merchandise has arrived just in time for holiday shopping! Lion plushies, figures, and magnets are now available in the Museum of Natural History gift shop.  One dollar of each sale will go to support Project Lio-rama.

We can't do it without you!

November 22, 2016

Week two and we are thankful for our supporters! Gifts from 39 people have raised over $2,770. We’re nearly a third of the way to our goal!

This week brought not only donations, but also calls from those who had stories of the Iowa City Park Zoo to share. It was exciting to talk with everyone and hear in their own words recollections of the zoo.  We’ve got some good leads for a student-researcher to track down. Keep those calls and donations coming in, folks! We can’t do it without you. 

Your support is still needed to help us reach our goal of $10,000. Making a donation here is as easy as pie!  Already made your donation? Thank you! Please help us spread the word about our project by sharing the following link on social media: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/projectliorama.

Thank you,

The UI Pentacrest Museums

We’re not lion – we love our supporters!

November 17, 2016

We’re not lion – we love our supporters!  Because of donations from 29 people, we’ve raised more than $1,800.  

These funds will help us jumpstart our research into the lions’ storied history in Iowa City.  We have the same questions you do.  What caused the lions’ deaths?   Were they named Harry & Josephine or King Leo & Pet?  How long did they live in the Woodlawn carriage house?  Did the sound of their roars really travel throughout Iowa City?

The project has also received coverage in the Iowa City Press Citizen & the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Check out the articles for more quotes, videos, & terrific pictures!

Your support is still needed to help us reach our goal of $10,000. Make your donation here so that we can give these regal creatures the exhibit they deserve. Already made your donation? Thank you! Please help us spread the word about our project by sharing the following link on social media: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/projectliorama.

Thank you, The UI Pentacrest Museums

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