Making A Difference
As we enter the holiday season, ready to enjoy family and friends during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we think of what the year has brought to us. The positives that enrich our lives and we are grateful for—realizing how blessed we are. Changes day to day, month to month that brought ups and downs; joys as well as sorrows. We are fortunate to live freely in a great country with a great history.
Preservation of that history is the mission of the Museum and we need your help. Some of the joys we have had this year are evidenced in the ability to participate in the creation of a documentary on a little known local Civil War battle, with its accompanied exhibit. Donations of family heirlooms document eras from the 1830s to the 1930s have added to our accumulated knowledge of Clay County. Our excitement in displaying such artifacts, such history can only be limited when we are unable to share with the community this history.
Have you had the experience of taking someone to the Museum to tour or urging friends to visit us? Did they then thank you for sharing? I know it makes me happy to share this with others. You not only share our history, you support the Museum as well. Preserving history means little if it isn’t presented and shared with the community.
The Museum is a non-profit organization and receives no government funding at any level—federal, state or local. We are dependent on our modest membership dues, admittance fees, revenue from the books we sell and donations. As with any business, we have overhead in the form of lights, heat and maintenance. Our dedicated volunteer staff enable the Museum to be open to the public six days a week. Volunteers also fix, clean and juggle tasks as they arise. Our support system has lessened over the years to just over 100 members on our rolls—we need many more. Support includes monetary as well as moral support in advertising the fact that we are here and open for the community.
As the year closes out, end-of-year giving is a fact of life. Besides being beneficial tax-wise, it supports community enrichment. The Museum may not be at the top of your list, but it is a 501(c)3 organization so gifts are tax deductible. Please consider a donation to the Museum today as well as the renewal of your membership. If you are not a member, we hope you will consider joining us. The Museum needs you. It needs your voice and your support. Just as “many hands make light work,” so do many supporters make this organization work. Thank you for your support.