Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum Leaders

Otsego Lake, May 2010.  You can see why it's nicknamed "Glimmerglass Lake"!
Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to attend the very first Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship conference sponsored by my alma mater The Cooperstown Graduate Program.

It was literally life-changing for me.

I began to see things in a very different way.  Sometimes as a mid-career professional, we begin to lose sight of the ideals instilled upon us in our museum training.  The day-to-day tasks of our careers start bogging us down, and we can't see the forest for the trees.

ICE woke me up.  Big time.

I have never felt so inspired in all my life!  This is not your ordinary conference.  It is intense, and paradigm-shifting.  If you ask any of the ICE alumni, they will tell you the same thing.

The application deadline is May 1.  They only take a small group of people, making it much more intimate than a typical museum conference experience.

The year I went it was held in Cooperstown in May, but this year it will be at the Pocantico Conference Center in Tarrytown, NY from July 7-10.

They have asked everyone who participated to help spread the word.  So share this blog post to anyone you know in the museum field.  If your budget only allows for limited spending on conferences, trust me, this one is the one to put your money into!

Volunteer Recognition

Congratulations to our 2013 award recipients! (We always recognize the achievements of the previous calendar year.  That's not a typo!)

Ted Gup
Director’s Award

Madeline Lee
Teen Volunteer of the Year

Lynn Weber
Volunteer of the Year

Doris Wertz
Curator’s Award

The theme today is "tropical."  We're all dressed in our best "tropical" outfits.  And we're all freezing. :-)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Black Wings closes in 2 weeks

Bessie Coleman

This picture features Bessie Coleman in her JN-4 Curtiss Jenny biplane in 1923. Barred admittance to flying schools in the United States because of her race, she learned to speak French so she could attend flying schools there. She became the first African American woman in the world to receive her pilot’s license. Photo courtesy Wolf Aviation Fund
It's hard to believe, but Black Wings is going to close on SUNDAY APRIL 27!

We have been so busy around here lately, the time has just flown by.  It seems like just yesterday we were unpacking the crates, and soon we'll be packing them back up and shipping them off to Albuquerque.

The photo above of Bessie Coleman is one of my favorites in the exhibition.  I love her tenacity, and the lengths she traveled to fulfill her dreams!  Although my hurdles in life have not been nearly as great as hers, I can definitely appreciate what it means to face down those who stand in your way, and to go right on ahead and achieve your goals anyway!

If you haven't been to the Keller Gallery to see this exhibition, be sure you get here before it closes.  We are the only venue on the schedule in the state of Ohio, so it will never be closer to you than it is right now.

Tomorrow is TAX DAY!

Did you check "Ohio Historical Society" on your tax forms to donate a portion of your Ohio state tax return to The History Fund?

Click here to learn more from fellow Ohioan Annie Oakley!

The History Fund is a competitive matching grant fund that supports history projects across the state.  Ohio's museums and historical sites are in desperate need of funding for great projects ranging from historic home repairs to symposiums to conservation projects.  The average donation is just $8, so a little goes a long way!

The form says "Ohio Historical Society," but they just administer the program.  The monies are funneled back into Ohio communities big and small, all across the state.

Please consider making a donation!

Tiara update - April 14

The donations keep pouring in!

Today we've heard from people in California and Alaska! Thank you to everyone who is supporting our effort to purchase Ida's diamond tiara. We are well on our way!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tiara update - April 11

We are well on our way!

Donations continue to arrive in the mail, over the phone, or online.  Click here if you would like to make a donation!

We have received donations from all across the country.  It is amazing how this story has touched so many people.


Also, remember our two fundraising events:

  • "A Diamond Soiree" on April 30 at 6:00 PM, $500 per person, April 25 reservation deadline
  • "An Evening of Civil War Music with Steve Ball" on June 5 at 7:00 PM, $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Diamond Soiree details!

Invitations will go out yet this week!  We are moving fast to capitalize on the momentum of this project.  Time is of the essence with a June 24th deadline!

If you are interested in attending "A Diamond Soiree," here is all the information you'll need!  Services have been donated, so 100% of your ticket price will go directly to the Ida McKinley Tiara Fund.

If your browser doesn't open the above images large enough for you to read, here is the text!


The McKinley Presidential Library &
Museum cordially invites you to
A  Diamond Soiree
A fundraiser for the Ida McKinley Tiara Fund

Wednesday April 30, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Keller Gallery
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar
$1000 per couple • $500 per person

The favor of a reply is requested by April 25, 2014

The evening will include:

A rare glimpse at Ida McKinley’s gowns
which are currently awaiting conservation work

A behind-the-scenes tour

An appearance by
William and Ida McKinley

A keepsake souvenir


The favor of a reply is requested before Friday April 25, 2014

will attend A Diamond Soiree
$_______ is enclosed

You may also call 330-455-7043 to make
your reservation via credit card

I cannot attend but would like to make a donation of $_____