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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

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been going to this museum since I was a child and the changes over the years have been phenomenal. It's a great place and for a town the size of Maysville, it's a real gem.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is now one of the most important collectors of artifacts of our region. The Museum has offered educational shows for children and adults. It houses a miniture collection that rival none. Visitors are amazed at how the museum is layed out, what it houses, and the programs in which it offers the community to participate in. The children of this area are given more ooportunities to educational programs and rewards that the museum offers than any other place in the state. Programs ranging from Holloween stories for the children at the old courthouse, to parades, having the opportunity to visit world class exhibits like Children Like Us. The progams that are offered also entertain as well as educate. This community is just now beginning to realize what a gem we have here in Maysville, Kentucky. I am proud of the volunteer program that the museum utilizes withing the community, and the staff of tireless workers that seem to always pull together to complete a show or exhibit that the area truly enjoys.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.