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The PreFab Museum, Celebrating the Past, Pointing to the Future?

October 25th, 2017 Comments off

PreFabMuesumUKDailyBuisnessNewsMHProNewsHere in the U.S., it’s the RV MH Hall of Fame that industry professionals are the most likely to know.

In jolly old England, what’s starting to get its footing is the PreFab Museum.

Opened for one month in March 2014, it is now supposed to last for a few years!” says their commentary under the YouTube video, below.

Founded and curated by photographer Elisabeth Blanchet, the Prefab Museum celebrates post-war prefab life through art, by sharing memories, archive, stories and by reviving the sense of community of the Excalibur Prefab Estate, states the museum.

Moving PreFab Museum Events 2017

The website touts the fact that they are celebrating the history of prefabricated homes, for a proper understanding of the terminology, see this linked article here.

In May 2016 we embarked on our prefabs roadshow which marked 70 years of post-war prefabs,” says the PreFab Museum website.

The movement in England, Europe – indeed, globally – to a greater acceptance of modular, prefab, container and other forms of prefabricated home building is bound to spawn a renewed interest in the history of prefabs.

Here in the U.S., manufactured homes lead modular building in total volume.

But there are so many emerging building technologies, any of them could over time upend how all of on-and-off site building is done.

The video provides a snapshot of the PreFab Musuem, as told in their own uniquely British way.

For those who’ve missed it, the British growth in modular home building by an international insurance giant, is linked here. ## (The lighter side, flashback, historic report).


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HUD Coders Outpace the RVers in Hall Campaign Challenge

March 28th, 2016 Comments off

rv_mh_hall_of_fame_and_useum__their_creditThe ongoing campaign challenge to eliminate the remaining $2 million debt of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, pitting the MH industry against the RV industry, with a goal of $1 million each, reveals the manufactured home industry is way ahead, $674,750 to $132,500.

Chairman and president of the Hall Darryl Searer announced the updated totals from the campaign that began 18 months ago, when Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton proposed the challenge with a contribution of $200,000 over five years. He asked others in the MH industry to pitch in, and many responded, including Joseph Stegmayer, CEO of Cavco Industries who donated $50,000.

Searer’s efforts during his four years as volunteer head of the Hall has resulted in the reduction of the organization’s debt from $5.5 million to $1.2 million, taking up the challenge when few thought the Hall could survive.

Noting that the RV industry has fully recovered from the Recession and now “the RV business is booming,” Searer said, “I believe that the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is a shining light for our two industries and belongs to everyone related to these two industries. We each should be proud of our beautiful facility, our history and heritage that it represents–proud enough to financially contribute to its continuing legacy.”

Thanking the board of directors, volunteers and others in the industry for their support, Searer stated when the final $1,192,750 is paid, the Hall will be self sufficient. “Income from museum admissions, gift shop sales and hosting many events at our Northern Indiana Event Center will provide the funds to operate in the black. In addition, the board of directors passed a resolution that requires any new major project or addition to our facilities will not begin until it is fully funded.”

He added, “”What we need is for a few more ‘angels’ on the RV side to step up.” ##

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum)

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New Historical Exhibit Donated to RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum

October 21st, 2013 Comments off

Swiss photojournalist Frimmel Smith, working in collaboration with the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), interviewed people who choose to live in manufactured housing, creating a traveling exhibit titled “Wheel People” in 1998-99. In cooperation with the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum and many state associations, she traveled an entire year gathering photographs and stories for this exhibit which has been on display in Washington, D. C., Chicago, Biloxi, Mississippi, and several other sites. RVBusiness tells MHProNews Smith has donated the exhibit to the museum. Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, says, “The ‘Wheel People’ exhibit is an excellent addition to our manufactured housing collection. It not only traces the evolution of manufactured housing from trailers to mobile homes and finally to manufactured homes, it also shows the diversity of those who choose to live in homes on wheels. The RV and manufactured housing industries sprang from the same root, but evolved into two separate industries – recreational travel and affordable housing. It’s impossible to tell the story of one industry without including the other.” As Stephen Lee Duncan of Aurora, Colorado told Ms. Smith, “You don’t need a mansion on the hill to be somebody. It’s not the house but the people inside it.”

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum–early recreational vehicle)

RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum Still Going

December 26th, 2011 Comments off

RVTimes tells the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, has managed to keep its doors open despite a debt of nearly $5 million as of last April when Tom McNulty took the reins as executive director. He says, “There are some good things happening and actually our cash flow is better than it’s been in a couple of years. Attendance during the summer was 100 to 150 people a day and we are seeing greater returns from our convention center.” Noting that while continuing to operate in the red, he adds, “At times we think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but then someone turns off the switch. It’s very frustrating to say the least.” The museum has a $900,000 line of credit with First Source Bank. The family of the late Boots Ingram, who founded Teton Homes, loaned the museum $3.1 million. Both loans were made when the economy was in better shape. Bill Garpow, chairman of the Hall of Fame, says discussion is ongoing with the Ingram family to help resolve the debt, and the convention center already has $100,000 in bookings for 2012. He notes, “The good news is that it’s hard to find anybody that doesn’t say we need the hall, that we need to support it, that it’s a good endeavor. That tells me that if people start feeling better about their situation, then our situation could also improve.”

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum)