American Precision Museum Association

American Precision Museum . . . Ingenuity in manufacturing technology: Past, Present, Future

aka American Precision Museum, Inc.   |   Windsor, VT   |  http://www.americanprecision.org

Mission

Our mission is to capture the imaginations of young and old with the spirit of innovation, problem solving and design demonstrated through the dynamic story of the machines and people which form the foundation and future of the manufacturing industry in America.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Mr. Steve Dalessio

Main address

196 Main St PO Box 679

Windsor, VT 05089 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

03-0218096

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Make people aware of the profound impact of manufacturing on our daily lives. Encourage young people to go into manufacturing careers. Care for our historic resource and collections so we can continue this work.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Exhibits

The museum's exhibits are are open to the public daily 10-5 from May 1st weekend through the end of October. We welcome 6,000 visitors, including adult tours and school groups annually. In the off season, we are open by appointment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

APM partnered with Sparkshop, a nonprofit from the Chicago area, to create a physical kit and digital lessons for students (and their teachers or parents) in grades 4 - 6.

These cross-disciplinary lessons are all focused on a theme, such as Energy Transfer or Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing, and link history, engineering, language, and more to that theme. These kits bring manufacturing and history to life in creative, exciting and interactive exercises, and are available to museum visitors and their families, schools, or homeschoolers.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth

Each year since 2007 we have recruited, hired and trained high school student interns to do demonstrations for visitors on historic machines in our education collection, and increasingly, modern machines. Our interns learn workplace readiness skills and experience speaking with the public, working alongside the staff, as well as opportunities to learn more about manufacturing careers.

Visitors enjoy seeing the machines (such as gear shapers, turret lathes, 3D printers, and CNC mills) at work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The show is held on the first Saturday in October at the museum. Fine craftsman/hobbyists share their tiny creations with the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In this partnership with Windsor Public Library, upper elementary school students visit the museum during our off-season once a week for several sessions focused on a specific STEM topic. Sessions have been held in January and in March, as well as during the summer with the Windsor Recreation Program. Topics have included making circuits and mazes. Skill building has included measuring, planning, hammering nails, and soldering. As students age out, they can get involved in other volunteer activities here, such as helping with Family Maker Days.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Official Site 2001

Save America's Treasures

Grant Award for Historic Preservation 2003

Save America's Treasures

Heritage Site and Collection 1986

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

selected as model project for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant program 2010

National Endowment for the Humanities

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission (10/2013) is to capture the imaginations of young and old with the spirit of innovation, problem solving and design, through the dynamic story of machines and people which form the foundation and future of manufacturing.

Our goals:
1. Offer programs that inspire young people to design, innovate, and problem-solve.
2. Build communities that foster a strong manufacturing future.
3. Care for and use our collections and historic property to inspire new generations of innovators.

Our museum educates and inspires new generations to design, innovate, and problem-solve. We do this through engaging exhibits and programs that excite individuals to
• experience the history of machine tools at work,
• grasp the impacts of machine tools on society and individuals in America,
• understand the connection between machine tools and the products we rely on,
• witness and become a part of the continuing evolution and exciting future of manufacturing

Our strategies are to:
Engage and support a capable staff skilled in teamwork
Partner with organizations seeking to accomplish the same goals
Ground our work in research
Test, evaluate and tweak existing programs and create new ones to reach these goals

We seek to build our capacity in all areas.

Funding:
Our annual operations budget is supported by generous individual donors, individual members and corporate members, by grants for special projects, by earned income including admissions and museum gift shop sales, as well as by a measured draw from our endowment income (unrestricted funds only).

Staff:
Our full time staff includes an Executive Director and Development Director (Nov. 2015). Part time staff includes a Director of Education, Collections Technician. Part time seasonal staff include a Visitor Services Manager, Visitor Services Assistant, and interns.

Board of Trustees:
Our Board meets quarterly, and its expertise is drawn from manufacturing, historic preservation, education, and community leadership.

Facilities and Collections:
The museum is housed in the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory, a National Historic Landmark. Our collections have been recognized as nationally significant. Because of significance, we have been successful with historic preservation and collections care grants. But there remains much to do.

In 2017 we adopted a new Transformation Plan, and the beginnings of the museum's first ever Capital Campaign. We have a 6 figure seed gift. In 2017 we launched a successful new education program, the Jr. Machinist Apprentice Program, that we can build on. Specific accomplishments include:
• $29,000 in admission revenue, a 13% increase over last year
• 263 student visitors from schools and camps - an increase of 167% over last year
• Scheduled school and summer camp tours – 7
• Scheduled adult group tours – 10
• The launch of the Junior Machinist Apprentice Program
• $19,244 in museum store sales – up 25.5% over last year
• Best attendance ever at one of our lectures on early Vermont bicycling – 55 people
• New Interactives at Working Machine Shop: Wobbler Motor Assembly & Maze Activity. Estimated Participation: 20% of visitors
• 2 full time employees, 2 part time educators, a part time collections technician and a part time administrative assistant
• 23 Corporate Members, 450 donors and/or members

Financials

American Precision Museum Association
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

American Precision Museum Association

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Lee Morris

Bill Lynn

Lee Morris

Martha Langill

Barbara George

Christopher Gray

Greg Jones

Richard Kline

Toni Neary

Larry Schwartz

Hub Yonkers