Keeping the Flame Alive

Phil Wolff - Photo courtesy of Wolff family

Phil Wolff - Photo courtesy of Wolff family

The only official Olympic museum in the United States, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum features the largest collection of winter Olympic artifacts outside the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Started by the community in the days prior to the 1980 Winter Olympics, the museum organizes, produces and promotes programs that provide educational experiences to local residents and visitors from around the world.

Here at the birthplace of America's first Olympic Games and later the site of the Miracle on Ice, America's most famous Olympic moment, we tell the stories of those who organize, compete and believe in the spirit of the Olympics.

Continuing Phil's Legacy

Olympic organizer, community leader and the oldest licensed bobsled driver in America, Phil Wolff was a founder of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. His vision was to expand the museum's outreach to youth, showing them what people from all nations, committed to excellence, are able to accomplish together.

The museum's Endowment has been named the Lake Placid Olympic Museum Philip G. Wolff Endowment to honor his memory and his many contributions to the museum's success.

Why an Endowment Fund?

Each year, thousands of visitors of all ages encounter Olympic history first-hand at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. They attend programs, view exhibits, conduct research, connect with the powerful impact of Miracle on Ice, and trace the history of the Olympic movement.

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum Philip G. Wolff Endowment is a permanent source of funds to support the mission of the museum. Your gifts will be held in perpetuity, invested wisely and earn income annually during your lifetime and for many years to come. Gifts to the Endowment are wonderful investments in the museum, its future, and our community.

Your Gift Keeps on Giving

Phil Wolff, far left - LPOM photo

Phil Wolff, far left - LPOM photo

The Endowment supports museum-wide needs. It supports activities not funded by other sources, and helps maintain and preserve the valuable historic artifacts we share with our community. The Endowment enables the museum to obtain matching funds for exciting new educational projects that benefit area students. It also helps us attract substantial corporate gifts that are essential to expanding our mission.

How Can I Contribute?

You can make a contribution to the Endowment through a credit card through the Adirondack Foundation or by contacting the museum to request an endowment form. All gifts to the fund will be acknowledged with a receipt of donation, and donors of more than $1,000 will be recognized on the Endowment Wall at the museum entrance. The museum is a 501 (c)(3) Corporation and your donation is tax deductible under IRS guidelines. Making a gift to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum Philip G. Wolff Endowment takes just a few minutes, and every amount, no matter the size helps us bring alive the stories, history, and heroes of the Winter Olympics for people around the world. To donate or find out more, click here, call 518-302-5326, or email.

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