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Pierce City Museum board looks at resources, programs

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Pierce City Museum board reviewed resources and ideas for future programs at its second meeting since reorganization. President Ronnie Landoll presided over a full board.

Landoll said work on an inventory of the museum has progressed steadily over the past two months. Most of the items on display in the museum have been numbered, marked and catalogued. Itemizing the material in storage will wait for cooler weather.

Board members agreed to ask the city to purchase additional tables for displays and for visitors to sit and peruse materials. Board members and staff have kept the one open table busy reviewing material during museum hours, leaving visitors to set items on glass display cases.

Landoll said he has found it more practical to make the office into more of a storage area. He would prefer to bring material for daily use out into the main room where staff can interact with visitors.

Board member Glo Abramovitz was elected the new curator. Abramovitz said her evening work schedule would position her to respond to inquiries during the day. Landoll said he too has been available to open the museum for visitors who have dropped into town.

There are only three sets of keys to the museum under the orders of Mayor Allen Stockton, to be held by the city, the museum board president and the curator. Board members agreed to let Abramovitz come in evenings to clean or arrange exhibits at her convenience.

An exhibit of mining around Pierce City created a year ago by the Pierce City FFA, which has been at the Pierce City Senior Center, will be moved to the museum. Board members agreed to accept the exhibit as museum property and store it for the future.

Several board members provided updates on research projects, such as enhancing a genealogy section. Additional equipment such as compact discs to store data and making exhibit space was approved for submission to the city.

Abramovitz described an offer to make a memorial to the five Pierce City police officers killed in the line of duty that could be displayed in the historic jail. She agreed to prepare a detailed description for the purchase of supplies. Maura Sparks described a cemetery walk done in another town where actors could recreate historic figures and help generate interest in the community.

Board members agreed to a draft of an updated flier about the museum. Prices were placed on publications and copies of cemetery information available for purchase at the museum.

Landoll said he will be preparing a monthly report for the city council on what happens at the museum, including which board members work on open days.

With board meetings scheduled for every town months, members agreed to call special meetings if spending was necessary between sessions. All spending requests must be submitted to the city council for approval.

The next board meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 26. The Harold Bell Wright Museum is open from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays at 404 Walnut in Pierce City.

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