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February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Board member '64-'97; emeritus '97-'10. Museum administrator '75-'97; volunteer '97-'10. I did whatever needed doing, from cleaning to budget making, to managing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating as a former board member, administrator, volunteer, donor, advisor, and as a beneficiary of its services.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting visitors, knowing and working with the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all enthusiastic, interested, competent, and very hard-working, from the director to the janitress.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay off a debt of about 1 million, restore reduced hours, provide more educational exhibits, add more programs, and continue to excel.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had more time to spend assisting everyone whom I've worked with over 46 years of involvement.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Debt, operating limits.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I have found the center staff to be energetic and professional in their dedication to preserving local historical documents, artifacts, images and genealogical records. It's clear from the service provided by this organization that public service and preservation of local culture is of paramount importance.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in programming, partnering with several projects and reviewing the archival material.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 24, 2010

Over the years I have seen the museum educate and entertain all ages. The research library has been utilized by people from all over the world and the historic collections are being preserved using the best historical guidelines. The miniatures collection has been featured in journals from around the world and has been praised by experts and beginners alike. The Big Read program has exposed thousands to works by Poe and Wharton. The Museum Scout program has lasted long enough to see the first class of 4th graders graduate from highschool. The facility is used by various groups to hold functions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Researching family tree, studying documents by Patrick Henry, attending performances by Kentucky Chatauqua historical reenactment actors and lectures by authorities in various fields of learning, seeing the Museum Scouts Perform their Thanksgiving play.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center works very hard to make a difference in our community. Through its programming and exhibits we try to provide opportunities for all.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In community participation. Our attendance has increased 350% since opening the addition in 2007 and offering more events.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

As a local business owner (real estate broker and auctioneer), I consult with the museum staff and archives in order to obtain historical background information on historical properties that I have offered for sale/available for purchase in Mason County, KY whenever I list a property with historical significance. In 2009, I successfully sold two circa 1795 Mason County stone homes (which has to be rare as there are not that many stone homes within the county), both located in rural areas of the county (4.05 acres on Parker Lane at Mays Lick and 2.85 acre on Taylor Mill) and both situated on small acreage, both on the National Register of Historic Places (the Poague House Mays Lick and Milton Mills Taylor Mill Road, Maysville, were both added to the National Register Jan. 8, 1987), and I contacted the museum when researching some of the history of the properties for purposes of providing historical data to prospective purchasers, including those persons who ultimately purchased the properties (the purchasers were non-residents, one from Maryland, the other from Ohio). I have found the staff very helpful and accommodating. I also have donated my time to conduct charity auctions to benefit the museum (the Museum has a world class miniatures collection and I conducted an auction to benefit the museum in 2008, selling a miniature collection, and -- in addition to Kentucky and US bidders -- we had bidders/purchasers from several foreign countries including Switzerland, England, Japan, and Germany, and this was a "Live Auction", with these bidders actually present in the audience! I also conduct an auction on their behalf annually (March 5 will mark the fourth or fifth year of my involvement and I conducted two benefits auctions in 2008), volunteering my services as well as that of my staff, and I don't even live in Mason County, but in the adjoining county (that shows how much I appreciate the Museum as I am willing to travel outside of my county to support them!).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

action, with staff aiding me in obtaining information on properties that I had listed for sale and successrul sold.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to obtain funds to acquire and display even more artifacts from private collections representing the early history and settlement of the area.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interaction/consulatation with staff and volunteers, observing historical items of local interest on display (the William Craig landscape scene is extraordinary as is Kenton's Ride; the tall case clock, the Tuttle chest are also favorites!).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, friendly, and accommodating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

add significantly to the collection of local historical artifacts! There is a treasure trove of artifacts in private hands that if the monies were available for acquisition could be placed on permanent display!

Ways to make it better...

there were even more historical artifacts on display from early tradesmen, manufacturers, businesses and historic figures. Maysville is home of KY's Oldest Bank and more examples of early banknotes should be acquired/displayed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

increasing funds available for purchase and display of additional historical artifacts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am a big fan of the museum and wish we had such an impressive facility in Lewis County (we have a museum, but nowhere near the space and capabilities of the Maysville facility).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I wrote the following descrpition of the museum in support of the fundraising and expansion project completed a few years ago and it still applies: "The Mason County Museum is an extraordinary institution for a city of our size. We use it as a parlor for our guests, a schoolroom for our children and an attic, where our most precious memories are stored. History, genealogy, culture and heritage all wrapped up in one fantastic place. The museum is a key to our past and - if we're smart -- a key to our future." That description was written prior to the arrival of the incredible Kaye Savage Browning Miniature exhibit. This is exhibit is worthy of display in the finest museums of the world, and we have it right here in Maysville.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways. I have used the genealogy and research libraries, taken my children to view exibits, seen the effect on downtown and the entire city, learned from seminars, attended receptions....

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

What a gift Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is for our community. I love to take visiting friends and family to learn a bit of our history and revel in our local arts. But most of the time, I just go alone - absorbing the culture that surrounds me at KGMC. I feel so blessed to be a member of the museum. It enriches my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

special programs offered: music, paintings, antique toys

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the miniatures collection and the doll house

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

pleasant and knowledgable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more of the same high quality exhibits and programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

Kentucky Gateway Museum is a great museum. They have an outstanding miniatures display. They have ongoing interesting displays about many things. They have an excellent geneological research set-up. It is a five star place!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personnel there are helpful. They have a good volunteer system which augments the staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 24, 2010

I work for another historical society in the area and the only time we hear from KGMC is when they want something---just like this---our requests always go unanswered.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fair.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

None.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

tried to take charge of an open meeting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Would not change I'm sure.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

The Ky. Gateway Museum has wonderful resources for genealogy research. The people working in that department were VERY helpful to me in finding information on my Mason County family.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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