Thursday, May 19, 2011

65th Anniversary Dinner!

Tonight the Museum is celebrating our 65th anniversary with a dinner and speaker. Doug Lucas from The Timken Company will discuss Wind Energy -- a timely topic for us with the installation of our wind turbine a few months ago, and the opening of Green Revolution in the Keller Gallery in a few weeks!

We have come so far since our humble beginnings in 1946! Back then, we didn't have a building or a staff. Just some history-minded people who wanted to preserve Stark County's past for the future.

In 1963 we opened our current building, which made a huge difference for our organization. Over the years, we have expanded it to add a larger library, the Street of Shops and a science wing that would later become Discover World.

And we have YOU to thank!

This community has been so wonderful to our Museum over the years. You come to our events, buy memberships, and donate your time, talents, money and precious heirlooms to us. We couldn't be more proud of what we do as we mark this important occasion!

Even after 65 years, we still have a lot more planned for you. Exhibits, events, programs and much, much more.

Here's to another 65 years!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 Best of Stark County Awards!

Time is going by so fast, I can hardly believe I've let so much time pass since my last blog post!

Yesterday the museum was honored with two awards from the CVB -- Best Historic Site (for the Monument) and Best Museum! We are thrilled with the honor. We have won Best Museum three times since the awards were started in 2007, and we are so very thankful for all of the people that voted for us! When you know you have the support of your community, it makes our job so satisfying!

Celebrate the Sixties in still on view in the Keller Gallery until June 5. We are busily preparing for Green Revolution, which opens on Friday June 17. This is going to be like nothing we've every hosted in the Keller Gallery! We hope to see you for the free exhibition opening on June 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

We are in the middle of the "busy season" with end of the year school field trips. Friday May 13 was our busiest day of the year with 300 students in the building! The kids were all fantastic and everything went very well for that number of people. Except the downpour in the afternoon that drenched a class who was heading down from the Monument! But alas, we cannot control the weather, can we? (If we could, we would have stopped all this rain weeks ago!)

My work computer continues to make it difficult for me to post on the blog, which is part of the reason I haven't posted as much this year. I will try to make my posts more regular. I've always loved this blog and have missed writing every week!

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