Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Rating: 4.61 stars   23 reviews

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Location: 215 Sutton Street Maysville KY 41056 USA

Mission: The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic collections, exhibits, and a genealogical-historical library. Our Genealogical & Historical Research Library sheds light on the people and events of a seven-county area through an extensive collection of books, manuscripts and documents from the past 300 years. Our Regional History Museum illuminates the past through award-winning dioramas, more than 4,000 regional artifacts and a gallery of fine art related to Maysville and Kentucky. And our Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection looks at the world from a new perspective through mesmerizing, 1/12-scale reproductions of homes, furnishings, clothing, artwork and people.
Results: Visitors from thirty-nine (39) states, the District of Columbia, and seven (7) foreign countries during 2009, not including off-site programming or the 70+ volunteers who regularly assisted us throughout the year.
Target demographics: Initially the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center served only Mason County; it has now expanded to include Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, and Robertson counties in Kentucky and Brown and Adams counties in Ohio. Furthermore, because of its extensive research library, the Museum Center attracts visitors in many fields. Genealogists from throughout the United States use the facility. University doctoral candidates come to do thesis work. Property owners learn about old structures, as do archaeologists making studies of structures to be demolished or rehabilitated. Attorneys seek help on lines of descent or lines of property, historical charters, and regulations. Journalists work on investigative questions. The Museum Centers’ collections have become a respected and valuable source of information for a myriad of users seeking information unavailable elsewhere.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 13,000 - 15,000 visitors
Geographic areas served: Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson, Lewis Counties in Kentucky.  Brown and Adams Counties in Ohio.
Programs: Initially the Museum Center served only Mason County; it has now expanded to include Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, and Robertson counties in Kentucky and Brown and Adams counties in Ohio. Furthermore, because of its extensive research library, the Museum Center attracts visitors in many fields. Genealogists from throughout the United States use the facility. University doctoral candidates come to do thesis work. Property owners learn about old structures, as do archaeologists making studies of structures to be demolished or rehabilitated. Attorneys seek help on lines of descent or lines of property, historical charters, and regulations. Journalists work on investigative questions. The Museum Centers’ collections have become a respected and valuable source of information for a myriad of users seeking information unavailable elsewhere. The permanent and changing exhibits and programs which the Museum Center houses and offers at other locations provide not only educational experiences but an opportunity to view artifacts that otherwise might never be seen first hand. Some of these are historical, some are based on current events, trends in the ever-changing social and political spectra, and some are art forms of all kinds that offer a forum for individuals to share talents and interests. School children are able to see and touch artifacts that help explain history, particularly that of our locale, and make it more vivid. Teachers in the area use the Museum Center in different ways to help enrich their classes’ curricula. The “suitcase” portable traveling collection, a miniature museum, has been put together and used successfully at several schools. Museum Scout classes have been held for fourth graders to familiarize them with the Museum Center, to show them how a museum and research center functions and to explain how different types of art are created. Generous nineteenth and twentieth century Mason Countians, whose vision and contributions established and maintained an association to promote the educational and cultural opportunities for area citizens, have enriched our community. This commitment was renewed recently with the construction of a new addition, which allows for enhanced exhibits, workshops, programs and educational opportunities for children and adults.
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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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!).

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.

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.

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?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

special programs offered: music, paintings, antique toys

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?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Fair.

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.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2008-5-01

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