A sketch of the Project page from 2007, two years before Kickstarter launched.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, project creator David Coffin just posted this short clip of his father, clergyman and social justice activist William Sloane Coffin, offering a few words on Dr. King.
The younger Coffin is working to establish an archive of Rev. Coffin’s sermons from his long tenure at the helm of New York’s Riverside Church.
A journey to the Pacific through a land with no maps, Meriweather is a game of discovery.
Set in 1803, Meriweather brings players on the historic voyage of Lewis and Clark, a 28-month-long journey across the entire United States and back again. The developers of this new Kickstarter project are combining exploration, diplomacy, roleplaying, and survival to create a historically accurate adventure game that is still an unpredictable experience. Pack your saddlebags and join our Project of the Day.
John and Yoko on the end of an era.
The Smith Tapes is an archive containing hundreds of long-lost interviews with the cultural figures that defined the end of the ’60s.
The creators just announced that Collection 2 is now live on iTunes, featuring never-before-heard interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, Jim Morrison, Dick Gregory, and more.
Vermonters in black and white.
250 Years/250 People is a photo retrospective of life in a small Vermont town.
Windsor resident Nate Larson organized the project through Kickstarter, uniting local photographers, residents, and more than 100 backers to make the book possible. Now the hardcover is out and available both online and at Bob’s Barbershop, should you happen to be passing through the birthplace of Vermont any time soon.
The Ghost Train Orchestra is a smokin’ hot 10-piece band that brings to life long-lost classics from the Jazz Age and beyond.
Devoted to under-appreciated composers of the prewar era, the Ghost Train Orchestra combines historical research with an all-star crew of seasoned jazz players to kick out the jams in all their sepia-toned glory. Bandleader Brian Carpenter has transformed 16 months of deep digging into a new arrangements of very old tunes, and he’s looking for support on Kickstarter to make an album from his discoveries.
So mosey down to the gin joint and get ready to jitterbug — this swell phonograph record is our Project of the Day.
Liberty and zombies for all.
Illustrator Jeff McComsey has a dangerous affliction: He’s convinced everything tastes better with a heaping helping of zombies.
FUBAR is his anthology of zombie comics, which first brought together dozens of talented creators to recast the stories of World War II with an injection of the undead. The second volume in that series, Empire of the Rising Dead, was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, and went on to become the first Kickstarter comics project to land on the New York Times best-seller list.
Now McComsey and an all-star crew are back with American History Z, a manic zombification of the past 236 years. From zombie George Washington to zombie Jimi Hendrix, FUBAR will cover the USA from sea to shining BRAAAAAAAIIINNS.
Forget what you may have learned — this undead history lesson is our Project of the Day.
Treasure on tape.
Between 1969 and 1972, Village Voice columnist and radio personality Howard Smith recorded interviews with some of the era’s most iconic creative figures, at some of the most pivotal moments of their careers.
He interviewed Mick Jagger just weeks before Altamont, Andy Warhol after he was shot, Dennis Hopper following the premiere of Easy Rider at Cannes Film Festival, and recorded Janis Joplin’s final interview. These original audio reels, numbering in the hundreds, have been stashed away in his apartment since they days they originally aired — until now.
After months dedicated to sifting through and digitizing these audio files — a process described as “forensic… an enormous audio jigsaw puzzle” — they’ve been dated and pieced together chronologically for public consumption. The Smith Tapes box set will compile 18 of the collection’s most notable conversations, preserving the cultural legacy of a singular generation for decades to come.
We’re archiving the whole project for 24 hours as our Project of the Day.
It’s a dog’s life.
Back in the 1890s, the United States Postal Service adopted a mailbag-loving pooch from upstate New York, named him Owney, and let him assume the role of unofficial company mascot.
The lucky puppy traveled the entire country by rail, delivering bags of mail, and collecting commemorative dog tags while providing some handy PR opportunities. Eventually, the beloved Owney also traveled internationally, visiting Japan, Singapore, North Africa — and Montreal, where he was temporarily detained as an illegal traveler.
It’s a project full of adventure, history, and heart. It’s also ending very soon — so claim your copy now.
Rock of ages.
Between 1969 and 1972, Village Voice columnist and radio personality Howard Smith recorded hours of interviews with some of the era’s most iconic creative figures.
These conversations were intimate, uncensored, and immediate — he talked with Mick Jagger just a few weeks before Altamont, Andy Warhol after he was shot, and Dennis Hopper right after the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival. He even taped Janis Joplin’s last interview, just a few days before her death.
By the time Smith hung up his mic for good, he had accumulated hundreds of reels of audio — material he simply boxed and stored in his New York City loft. Now, over forty years later, these bits and pieces of important cultural history are about to see the light of day again.
The Smith Tapes Box Set will compile 18 notable conversations from the 150+ that have been uncovered and restored thus far; the end result of hours spent listening, sorting, and archiving.
Items brought into space. Left, the flight case that flew back the first lunar rocks. Right, the first hammer to break off a piece of lunar rock. Just two, incredible pieces of history that will be on display at an independent exhibition to be hosted at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landings.
A rare image of groundbreaking filmmaker and journalist, Samuel Fuller. Part of the vast archive of materials that will be preserved and relived through the documentary A Fuller Life. (Also with appearances by James Franco, Robert Carradine, Mark Hamill, Tim Roth, and Wim Wenders — to name a few.)
A blueprint for the backpack and field equipment of America’s Fighting Dinosaur. Can we add this to the Hall of Fame we just invented for Best Project Assets Ever?