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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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the museum/library when it was housed only in the original old library building. My father instilled a respect for and interest in history and a great-great aunt inspired me to do research on the family. My father would drop me off and I'd spend the entire day (until closing) doing research, looking at exhibits and learning about my community's past. The staff were the best and treated me (a child) with as much respect as any other person who was there doing research. They looked out for me as well. They'd ask what I was researching and while away from my table I'd be pleasantly surprised to find a book or file left for me to review. They also connected me with others doing research on my family. It has been years since I visited the museum but I remember those days fondly. They were very much an influence on my future as I obtained a Masters in Library Science and have worked in a major urban library in Ohio for over 20 years now and am currently the Genealogy Subject Specialist for this library. I very much enjoy helping others pursue their interests in genealogical and historical research and hope that I inspire others as much as I was during my visits there. I wish to say thank you for such a wonderful experience and am proud to see how you've grown and continue to help and inspire others. Thanks, Russ Pollitt

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have found the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center to be a superb facility and history center for Kentucky. It's research library is top notch and they have a wealth of information. The employees are all very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. There are terrific changing exhibits and a world class miniatures exhibit. The Museum Scouts and other children's programs are a great educational experience for the young people. The whole museum is quite an asset and jewel for the area. Anyone who visits will have a truly great day. The Museum has many items and exhibits that rival museums in much larger cities in the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful asset KGMC is for the community and the state of Kentucky. I have only been a member for a few years but have come to appreciate the museum and all it has to offer recently. There is a vast amount of research information available and the local historical artifacts is wonderful. The miniatures gallery is a gem all by itself!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Not sure why I got an email to write a review. I have only been to this museum 4 times---it should have only been three but no one could answer my questions or fax or email me the answer So I had to make a special trip. Also, I have been all over this country doing research and the prices they charge for pictures to use in publications is just outrageous. They wanted $100 to use a couple photos--I found them at a different historical society and was charged $20.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

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.