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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tremendous museum! Comprehensive historical record, with fantastic ability to do research. Extensive archives. Fabulus facilities. Great day for the entire family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to the museum to see the miniatures exhibit around Christmastime. Needless to say the collection blew me away and I could have stayed there a few days just to see the intricacies of each and every exhibit. THEN I was able to tour the rest of the museum which was equally as entertaining and amazing. Would go there again and again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!).

4 mkaymiller

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.