For the next few weeks, the Road Reports Blog is lucky enough to have a guest blogger! Cherry Bailey, Projects Coordinator for the Barry County Museum in Cassville, Missouri will be posting on her experience hosting New Harmonies.
From years of seeing Museum on Main Street exhibits cross the country, we MoMS-ers have seen it all. I can tell you that for the most part, a community's "MoMS" experience has everything to do with commitment. It's a lot of work to host a MoMS exhibit, any former host will tell you that; in the end though, it's all worth it. From the first moment I spoke to Cherry on the phone, I could tell that she was putting her heart and soul into New Harmonies. Cherry and I spoke several times that month, often about Cassville's success with New Harmonies. When I called most recently to ask Cherry to write a blog post, she agreed without hesitation. Of course! Many thanks to Cherry for doing this! We at MoMS hope that Cherry's experience will help to guide those of you who are starting out, and bring back fond memories to former hosts. Enjoy.
-- Tara O'Connor, Museum on Main Street, Washington, DC
Our first order of business was a fund raiser. Can you believe someone contacted US wanting to partner with us for a fund raiser? Yes, we have New Harmonies to thank for that as well! Our ever so fabulous volunteers covered the county securing items for a silent auction. We partnered with two schools and many other culinary experts for pies for an auction, and the school decorated boxes for them too. Volunteers made chili for the evening, and the Possum Holler Fiddlers agreed to provide entertainment. The Barry County Pioneer Days was a tremendous success, and now we had a bit of working capital.
They came for chili . . . .
They came for the silent auction . . .
They came for pies . . . .
They came for music . . . at BARRY COUNTY PIONEER DAYS
March through June were busy, busy months with 23 meetings held, and over 230 volunteer hours logged planning, planning and planning. Prior planning prevents problems—or so we were told. At the very least they prepared us to deal with them. We had a schedule. We had commitments; we had big ideas and even bigger hopes. What we didn’t seem to have enough of was TIME. Hey, where did the first half of the year go anyway?
How do we let people know? How do we get them to come? Well, let me be the first to say, having an editor from a local newspaper chairing the media committee was brilliant. And totally her idea. Lindsay Reed was as enthusiastic and as eager as anyone to see this project succeed. What a great job she did on press releases, articles and suggestions. THANKS LINDSAY!
Another thing we did we are somewhat proud of, we used hand held fans to get our schedules out. It was summer . . . it was hot . . . and we didn’t have too much trouble passing those out.
June 4 we started clearing our gallery of exhibits, and the items pledged for our complementary exhibits began to arrive, quickly to be put under lock and key until time to display them.
June 14 – IT’S HERE. A small group stayed late to unload the 19 crates we had been waiting for for over a year. HOLY SMOKES IT’S HERE!
-- Cherry Bailey, Barry County Museum, Cassville, Missouri