Star Wars geeks, this one’s for you. You know the Lars family home from the films? It’s still up in Tunisia, and open to visitors — but thanks to a harsh climate, it’s badly in need of restoration. Star Wars uberfan Mark Dermul is spearheading the Save the Lars Homestead project to restore and maintain the construction. This is where you come in: the group is just a couple thousand dollars short of their $10,000 goal, and could really use your help. Learn more details about the project after the jump.
The Lars homestead was initially constructed in Tunisia for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in the 1970s. The set was left to decay after filming wrapped. In 2000, the iconic building was reconstructed on the exact same site for Star Wars Episode I: Attack of the Clones, and remains up to this day. Dermul began organizing small group trips to Africa in 2003 in order to tour various Star Wars sites including the homestead, and he’s written guidebooks for potential travelers (or “Pioneers,” as he calls them) as well.
During the course of his trips, it became apparent that the actual building was suffering in the Tunisian climate, and that corrective and preventative measures would need to be taken in order to maintain the set for future generations of travelers. He and three other Star Wars fans are planning a trip to Tunisia sometime this year or next year in order to personally restore the igloo, and they are in need of donations to help fund the trip itself, plus materials and tools.
You can pitch in by purchasing a copy of Dermul’s book Tatooine Reunion, which includes maps, photos and detailed information for an 8-day Star Wars location trip across Tunisia. $5 of the $45 price will go toward Save the Lars Homestead. Or simply donate through PayPal, in amounts starting at $2.
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