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: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

this museum is absolutely delightful. Anyone who has had family that started out in or near Maysville or Mason County Kentucky would find it so. Our ancestors lifestyles from the very first white settlers to the present is easily seen. The geneaolgy library is extensive. Even my own formerly unknown cousins have found me through their research there. Every time I am home I drop in and have brought many people to visit the museums. And I haven't even mentioned the exquisite miniatures. Just one more of the delights of my hometown.

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

as mentioned in my review

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

I need to think a while on this one

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

it demonstrates what our ancestors' lives would have been

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

Everyone is unbelievely helpful

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

as above. Hire more staff, do something wiht the graveyard outback. catalog all the cemeteries in the area and put it on line

Ways to make it better...

had more funds to get to the records in the court house attic and get them online

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

more folks to catalog stuff. It's boring I've done it. and it just has to be done.

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

It's a wonderful place.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was born in Maysville, Kentucky then lived in New York and currently in Virginia. I recently toured the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center and they truly have something for everyone. My particular interest is in genealogy and the files and books available is truly fantastic with lots of information available on line. The miniatures on display were incredible and unique to most museums.

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

the help given to me by the staff while researching in the genealogy available at the museum.

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

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

their willingness to help you.

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

excellent at helping me and making me feel welcome.

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

stack their shelves with every imaginable book that would help families locate their ancestors and descendants.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend at the museum.

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

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

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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