Mission: Historical preservation and education. Preservation and collection of artifacts, photographs and documents related to bell county history. Provide educational and research facility for visitors. Publish historical journals which are sent, free, to members, area schools and other historical societies. Provide educational programs in the schools, seminars and workshops in the community and in the museum.
Programs: Operation of bell county historical museum is dedicated, free of admission to the public, to the preservation & display of artifacts of historical value to bell county and the tri-state area. The museum was open to the public, free of charge, monday through saturday, providing student tours as well as individual and group tours to area visitors and to tourists interested in our history. The museum has a resarch library which is continually improving and which provides a significant resource for genealogists and other resesarchrers. The expense of this portion of the bchs program entailed the cost of producing display materials plus the building operating expenses (utilities and maintenance) and a portion of the cost of a director. Other work was performed by bchs volunteers and by individuals who are on governmant work program.
publish historical journals which are sent, free, to members, area schools, libraries and other historical societies as well as supplied to various public gathering areas and as outreach materials. Circulation is approximately 350 per issue. Publication is three times a year. The cost includes printing, supplies, postage, and a small portion of the building operational expenses. Work to compile and publish the journal was done primarily by bchs volunteers with help from museum workers.
the genealogy division of the bchs and other bchs volunteers offer assistence to those researching their family trees both during monthly meetings of the genealogy division and during normal operational hours of the museum. The genealogy division aids in selecting additional resources for the library. Members regularly participate in the area's annual genealogy jamboree, which attracts hundreds of visitors. The genealogy division also offers workshops and seminars and continues to offer membership certificates in "first families through the cumberland gap" and in "descendants of kentucky pioneers. "
public programs to highlight our history are offered by the bchs in the form of lectures and other presentations and participation in local events such as the mt. Laurel festival in pineville, the fall festival in middlesboro, and various reunions and other special events fir wgucg bchs provides exhibits. These programs are all open to the public at no cost. Special public program,s sponsored by the museum included our "haunted museum" during the city wide "nightmare on 20th street" the "haunted museum" was a halloween celebration spearheaded by the museum director who engaged the cooperation of several community organizations. Other bchs events included a christmas open hous, an easter egg hunt at the museum, and a mother's day celebration. The largest of these events brought in several hundred visitors each. Direct expenses plus a portion of the building and salaries are included.