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Lumi Neon Museum Kansas City

Post by FangKC » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:27 am

Two local men hope to create a neon museum.

Veteran Ad Men Plan Bright Future For Kansas City's Old Neon Signs

http://www.kcur.org/post/veteran-ad-men ... s#stream/0

http://www.thelumineonmuseum.org/

If they create this museum, I hope they can figure out how to power it using solar panels. Big neon signs can use a lot of electricity.

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Re: Lumi Neon Museum Kansas City

Post by rxlexi » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:05 am

Thanks for posting Fang.

I love this idea, and hope it comes to fruition with a wide variety of signs in an interesting, central-ish location (maybe Electric Park in the East Bottoms?).

I've always wanted to visit The Neon Museum in Las Vegas (https://www.neonmuseum.org/), which does both self-guided and hour-long guided tours that describe city and casino history.

If Lumi becomes a reality and can create anything resembling to a similar experience, it would be a big culture win for KC.

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Re: Lumi Neon Museum Kansas City

Post by FangKC » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:49 pm

During the interview on camera KMBC did with Vedros, I noticed in the background the Dixie Lan Bar-B-Que sign from the Jazz District.

https://tinyurl.com/y8urwtpa

Sign collector trying to raise funds for KC Neon Museum
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Usually that story is associated with a business, but when the business is no more, neon signs often go dark and most are thrown away.

Vedros said it's Kansas City history that's being tossed into landfills.

"I said, 'Oh, my gosh. We can't let that thing go to the dump," Vedros said, recalling the first neon sign he rescued from The Crick Camera Shop.

A freelance photographer, Vedros bought his first camera at Crick and could not imagine never seeing that sign again when the shop closed in 2017.

That single sign inspired an entire mission.

Ever since, Vedros has been saving signs from iconic businesses that have closed in our area.

He's up to a couple dozen now, including: Chubby's Diner, Fun House Pizza, Crest Drug Store, Swirk Jewelry, I-70 Drive In, Tomfooleries, and the iconic Winstead's sign from a closed location in the Northland.
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https://www.gofundme.com/the-lumi-neon-museum

https://www.kmbc.com/article/sign-colle ... m/25988883

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