Vintage Computer Federation has initiated a fundraiser for InfoAge operating expenses. As with many museums across the country InfoAge was hit hard by lower visitor numbers, yet the expenses keep coming. For those that don’t know, VCF leases space for our museum and warehouse from InfoAge. So we are looking to help them as it benefits us and all the other museums under the InfoAge umbrella to stay in business.
Our doors stay open as a result of the volunteers’ efforts, the donations made by visitors to InfoAge, as well as grants and other fundraising efforts.
As you can imagine, the long closures, limited capacity and public concerns that have come as a result of COVID-19 have seriously hurt our ability to raise money and continue to maintain and improve the Camp Evans Historical Landmark Site and the museums that occupy it’s spaces.
Starting with the resident non-profits, we are pooling our resources to keep the doors to our home here at Camp Evans/InfoAge open and continue to share this wonderful place with the public. But we need your help to make it through these difficult times.
ANY donation will help make an impact.
How will your donation help? Your donations will assist InfoAge in paying for daily operating expenses (like keeping the electricity on!) repairs and maintenance and installation of new exhibits just to name a few!
Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us.
We set a goal of $10,000 to go towards operating expenses to keep the lights on. You can donate by going here: https://gofund.me/f72ab5f0.
I hope that everyone is safe, healthy and still able to enjoy our vintage computer hobby these days.
As you can see Covid-19 persists across the country and vaccines are not yet at the levels that we want them to be. Large crowds will not be possible in April and likely not be for at least a few months.
So I am rescheduling VCF East to October 8, 9, 10, 2021. I’m hoping that 8 months from now we will be in a place where we can have an in-person event. I will make a final decision by August 1 whether we will stay in-person or go virtual.
I will be starting to make plans for this event with the hope that we will have an in-person event. There will be some exciting and welcome changes to the event that will make it epitomize the fun nature of it’s namesake “festival”, which I see as a once a year coming together and celebration of vintage computers where everyone will share their enjoyment of this hobby.
Take care everyone, be safe, and be well!
Today is Giving Day, so I’d like to remind everyone that VCF is a 501c3 non-profit. We are always open to donations of money. We always need funding especially in a year where the largest sources of our funding, our Vintage Computer Festivals, were cancelled due to Covid-19.
Here are the ways that you can send us cash donations:
- Check by Mail: P.O. Box 417, Eatontown, NJ, 07724
- PayPay: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com/gp/ch/list/47-4133714
An unrestricted donation is best for us to fund the most needed project.
Here are current projects that we are working on:
- Warehouse organizing materials
- Warehouse climate control materials
- Warehouse climate control equipment
- Museum artifact display improvements
- Museum office supplies
The Vintage Computer Federation is having its first Swap Meet event. This swap meet is for vintage computers, radios, TVs, ham radios and related items.
FREE FOR BUYERS!
Vendors: $20 for 1st space, $10 for each additional space.
DATE: November 7, 2020 (RAIN DATE: November 8, 2020)
TIME: 9AM to 6PM
LOCATION: Huge Parking lot on Monmouth Boulevard between Watson Road and Taft Street in Wall, NJ
Across from InfoAge Museum and Brookdale College
GPS location: 40.1848793,-74.0630848
Google Maps: Click Here
Satellite Map Click Here
Flyer – PNG
Flyer – PDF
If you are interested in renting a space, please fill out this Reservation Form
VCF events are done for the year, the world is still a mess, and our supply of t-shirts is dwindling! If you were thinking about getting one of these beautiful shirts, now is the time!
Two great colors to chose from, and the back sums up 2020 perfectly! (Green is shown; amber shirts have an amber back as well. Bonus points if you know where the caterpillar comes from. Hint: it is not from Centipede!)
Your cost for this masterpiece? Just $20 + shipping, and all profits go to support VCFed. The shirts are made for us by A Nova Print in Portland, OR. Men’s and Women’s sizes are available, but some sizes have already sold out.
More information can be found at http://vcfed.org/wp/t-shirts/
This weekend enjoy two different VCF events!
VCF East (our flagship event!) will take place on Saturday and Sunday between 9:00AM and 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time. This year it is a virtual event – in addition to streaming the event some exhibitors will be on site at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ. The theme for the event this year is the 6502 microprocessor, remembering Chuck Peddle and celebrating the 45th anniversary of its creation. Be sure to check out our schedule page with info on how to watch the show.
Also plan on enjoying VCF Berlin, taking place on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10:00AM and 8:00PM Central European Summer Time. Enjoy virtual exhibits, talks and workshops and a special exhibit on “Collecting Computers as a Hobby.” (VCF Berlin is run by a different group of great people and we are happy to see VCF goodness there!)
The Vintage Computer Federation and the System Source Computer Museum are hosting a vintage computer workshop on Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th 2020 at:
System Source Computer Museum
338 Clubhouse Road,
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Plenty of free parking, short walk from Baltimore’s light rail (Gilroy Road Stop)
Saturday November 14th, 2020 we will open at 9:00 AM on and will lock up by 7:30 PM.
We will go to dinner afterwards. Details to follow soon.
Sunday November 15th we will open at 9:00 AM and lock up at 5:00 PM
All social distancing restrictions must be followed such as wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart. There is plenty of space in the workshop areas.
Accommodations: Try https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g41196-Hunt_Valley_Maryland-Hotels.html
Feel free to talk with others about sharing a room.
Food: There are plenty of restaurants within a short drive. We will have a catered Indian buffet on Saturday at cost ($12.00?) and catered Barbecue ($12.00?) on Sunday for those who sign up.
We will feature tours of the museum throughout both days and several mini-workshops:
- Retrobright workshop (bring your yellowed plastics)
- Pre-industrial computing class – Learn to use a slide rule, and various types of Abaci
- Hot Metal Typesetting (3500 lb word processor)
If you need a machine to work on, please let me know. We have lots of computers awaiting restoration!
If you have unusual needs, (220 Volts, fork lift, etc please email Bob Roswell at email@example.com
410-771-5544 x 4336
Sign up for the repair workshop is here: <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z72yC72x5PmN4jb0Aw8uK3x0sQwMAk-0Opuee_zYu5Y/edit?usp=sharing>
Anthropologist Margaret Mead famously noted that,“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Curt Vendel, Atari collector and historian passed away unexpectedly on August 30, at age 53, was one of these ‘committed citizens,’ a walking one man archive of Atari history. Vendel was the guiding light behind the Atari History Museum, an online and physical archive of over 15,000 documents from Atari, which he in many cases rescued from oblivion as part of a lifetime of intense collecting efforts. The collection also includes “information, images and personal stories on all items produced by Atari as well as news and links to further assist any and all individuals interested in learning more about the company that helped to pioneer and shape many areas of Video Arcade Entertainment, Home Consumer Electronics, Personal Computer Systems and much, much more.” The Museum is celebrating its 40th year. Vendel was known to be kind, outgoing, and generous with his time. His loss will be keenly felt by the retrogaming and history of computing community. He leaves behind his wife Michelle and daughter Madison, a college freshman.
VCF East will be a virtual only show for 2020.
The dates for the live show will be October 10 & 11. Time will be from 9AM to 6PM.
We will be streaming to YouTube with the schedule to be released soon.
Exhibitors can submit a 5 to 10 minute video or show their exhibit in-person at InfoAge.
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/24CeNpKFDwVmLeMR9
Class Instructors can submit a 30 minute video on their how-to class.
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/kFhoGKuPBcSAWRHKA
I know that this will be a great disappointment to many. I had hoped that after 4 months that conditions would have improved to the point that the show could be in-person, but limitations in indoor capacity makes the effort to organize an in-person show prohibitive. We considered the time, effort, money and safety to make an in-person show.
But don’t despair! Our virtual hybrid show will still be a lot of fun!
We can still make the show great despite being a virtual hybrid.
VCF West, K-Fest and HOPE have shown that a fun show can still be created while being virtual.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC ISN’T ALLOWED AT THE SHOW.
Only staff and a handful of exhibitors will be there in-person
I will be sending out more details about our plans as we develop them.
The VCF West Schedule and YouTube streaming link have been posted.
Mark your calendars and spread the word far and wide!
Details about the Q&A sessions after each talk will be posted sometime this week.
You can e-mail questions about each talk to firstname.lastname@example.org and Erik will ask the questions live.