Open house aims to attract ‘Friends of Museum’

Duane Hicks

Who are the “Friends of the Fort Frances Museum?”
If you don’t know the answer to that question, next Wednesday (Sept. 21) will be the perfect time to find out, as well as how to become involved in the fledgling group.
The Friends of the Fort Frances Museum is hosting a meet-and-greet from 2-6 p.m. that day at the museum.
Museum curator Sherry George said a small group of volunteers have come together to form a “Friends” committee, including some members of the museum advisory committee, and have been meeting since late spring.
However, the group is looking for more members to get involved, form an executive, establish bylaws, and undertake the process of becoming a registered charity.
Once they become a fundraising body, they will be able to generate the means to provide extras for the local museum—basically anything that does not fall under its everyday budgeted-for costs.
“We want to support the museum,” said George. “The funding could certainly bring in different exhibits, different workshops.
“We could add to our resource library, our history books,” she added. “There are different things the genealogy group wants to work at, like we want to get cemeteries online, newspapers online.
“All those things require resources.
“There’s lots of things we can do to benefit the community, but sometimes those things go beyond what the museum funding is all about,” George noted.
In addition to board members, “Friends” also could help out volunteers.
“We need people to help hold these events,” George said. “It could be as simple as a bake sale.
“Or maybe, you’d want people that would look at different options for grants to bring in people on a part-time basis—people that could take pictures of our collection and put it online,” she added.
“We need people that are going to be interested enough in the museum and its development, and be able to look a little bit and see what is can do for the community as a whole.”
The public is encouraged to drop by and see what the “Friends” are all about, as well as bring along their questions or suggestions.
Everyone is welcome, with coffee, tea, and goodies to be served.
For more information, call George at 274-7891.