USS OLYMPIA Needs Your Help!
Please Contribute to the Michael
Borsuk Memorial Fund for OLYMPIA
Her importance in American history is virtually unparalleled. Serving as Admiral George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, she remains as the sole surviving witness to the birth of the United States as a world power, and the beginning of what has been called "the American Century."
In spite of her importance, OLYMPIA needs your help! She has managed to survive, sometimes tenuously, since her decommissioning in 1922 through the efforts of many individuals and organizations. From 1996 until this year (2010), the task was the responsibility of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum. Unfortunately, the Museum is no longer able to shoulder the burden. The vessel has many problems, including a hull than is only 1/8" thick in places, and peppered with small penetrations. If major funding is not raised soon, the venerable vessel is in grave danger of being sunk as an underwater reef off of Cape May. The immediate funds needed total $10 million, but that does not include an endowment for ongoing operations, maintenance, preservation, etc. The task is daunting, but the Cruiser OLYMPIA Historical Society has taken on the task and, at present, shows the most promise in the efforts to save the ship.
You can help by contributing to the Michael Borsuk Memorial Fund
for OLYMPIA Preservation!! This fund has been created by his former shipmates
- the individual members of the Living History Crew
- and this website, in honor of
a dedicated member of the ship's
Living History Crew
who passed away in June, 2000. ALL proceeds of the fund go directly toward
The country is in debt to the OLYMPIA and her crew who fought to make this country great. You can pay back that debt by fighting for her today! CONSTITUTION and CONSTELLATION have been preserved, and now it is OLYMPIA's turn! The Spanish American War battle cry had been "Remember the MAINE". The new battle cry is "Remember the OLYMPIA!"
To help, please contribute what you can to the Michael Borsuk Memorial Fund for OLYMPIA Preservation! All contributions are tax deductible! Any amount, no matter how large or small, will be appreciated!
To contribute directly, please mail checks or money orders to this address:
Michael Borsuk Fund
c/o Cruiser Olympia Historical Society
205 Wolf St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19148
(make checks payable to "Cruiser Olympia Historical Society")
Mike Borsuk, armed and dangerous in his relentless efforts to help preserve OLYMPIA!