OIL REGION MUSIC PRESERVATION MUSEUM

aka DeBence Antique Music World   |   Franklin, PA   |  www.debencemusicworld.com

Mission

The Oil Region Music Preservation Museum  will provide education and enjoyment for the public by sustaining, preserving, exhibiting and demonstrating an extensive collection of mechanical music instruments and other music related items, in an environment appropriate to the age of the instruments. We will serve as a "See and Hear' experience for all visitors

Notes from the nonprofit

With limited budget and staff our ambitions exceed the possible implementation The closures mandated by the state had a great negative effect on 2020 performance in all areas

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Prescott Greene

Main address

1261 Liberty Street

Franklin, PA 16323 USA

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EIN

25-1709349

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

properly fund an endowment to assure future financial stability

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?

Monthly Mini- Event

Mini-Events

A one hour free program on the third Sunday of each month featuring a local musical group or performer, or one or more of our machines. Followed by a short reception

Population(s) Served
Adults

A no charge tour is offerred to all county 4th grade classes. It is tailored to the PA 4th grade cirrucullum  for music science and history. We also cover the bus transportation costs

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

a one hour paid tour during which docents will play the machines and relate their history and relationship to the period in time they represent

Population(s) Served
Adults

The lower levl which contains coin operated self playing nickelodeons, radio ad reed organs has been made available to the public at no charge

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

4th grade music ,history, and science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

broadened requirements to allow more participation beyond 4th grade level Canceled for 2020

Number of people working at the SME/Coop/Enterprise on a part-time basis (< 35 hours per week) as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Guided tours

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are volunteers to give guided tours, work gift shop, maintain machines and maintain building

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Guided tours

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

these are only paid admissions and do not include unguided free area access or free events COVID closure severely affected attendance in 2020

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Monthly Mini- Event

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Monthly free events and free self guided areas are included in these numbers COVID closures severely affected 2020 number

Total dollars loaned to organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

By 2012 we had reduced our outstanding debt from a maximum total of $125,000 in 2009 to zero

Total number of free seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Monthly Mini- Event

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Monthly free music related events by outside performers or our volunteers with our instruments Due to COVID closures only 5 of the 12 monthly events were held

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

4th grade music ,history, and science

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendance depends on school schedules and weather additional spring testing interferes with field trips no field trips due to school cancelation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

""The Oil; Region Music Preservation Museum will provide education and enjoyment for the public by sustaining, preserving, exhibiting, and demonstrating an extensive collection of mechanical music instruments and other music related items, in an environment appropriate to the age of the instruments. The Museum will serve as a ""see and hear"" experience for all visitors

We have identified nine visitor segments: Tour Planners, Area Residents, Gift shop Customers, People interested in a special class of our machines, Teachers, Destination Visitors, Accidental or Walk In Visitors, Machine Repair Customers, Local/Regional Organizations. We have tailored advertising and information for each of these markets.With help from local grants we offer tours to all are 4th grade students each year hoping to educate and interest a younger generation. We hold monthly free one hour musical events to raise local awareness of our capabilities. We have a Facebook page. Our annual report is posted on our website.

We have a collection of over 250 music machines, many of them self playing. The first floor area where we give guided tours has over 90 self playing machines, all in working condition, some of which are played for each visitor. They range from small music boxes to large band organs. We have volunteers with the ability to repair the instruments, give the guided tours, and perform much of the maintenance on the building. We have a 1907 building with an occupancy permit allowing the public access to all 4 floors. We have two meeting areas which can be used by various groups for meetings or performances.

Since opening in 1995 we have brought the building to current PA building code allowing use of the whole 4 floors totaling approximately 20,000 square feet. The building is almost totally rehabbed from the condition it was in when we acquired it. We are fully handicapped accessible. We have eliminated all debt incurred when buying the collection from Elizabeth DeBence and purchasing and renovation the building. Through donations from individuals as far distant as California we have added over 300 items to the collection. We have repaired many machines and all those on the first floor, which is the guided tour area, play. We have reduced utility expense to half what they were in 2002. In recent years we have covered up to 20% of our current expense budget from admissions. Attendance has now exceeded 3000 for the past 3 years before the 2020 closures forced by COVID restrictions

Financials

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Operations

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OIL REGION MUSIC PRESERVATION MUSEUM

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Prescott Greene

Retired Joy Mining Machinery Manager

Term: 2009 - 2012


Board co-chair

Dr Richard Eshelman

retired optometdist

Term: 2010 - 2013

Prescott Greene

Retired manager, Joy Mining Machinery

Rachel Ashbaugh

retired school teacher

Edmund Bottegal

retired Joy Minig Machinery Engineer

Richard Eshelman

Retired Optometrist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.