City of Jacksonville Heritage Cultural Center Board met November 1.
City of Jacksonville Heritage Cultural Center Board met Nov. 1.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
The meeting (held in the Jacksonville Municipal Building Mayor’s Conference Room) was called to order at 5:18 p.m. by David Blanchette, Chairman. Those present included David Blanchette, John Clancy, Patsy Erickson, Diane Hollendonner, Kyla Hurt, Laura Marks, James Pisell, Steve Varble, and Judy Tighe (Ex-Officio). Absent were John Clancy, Anne Jackson, Charles Rice, Samantha Sauer, and Brittany Henry (Ex-Officio).
Minutes of the October 4, 2018 meeting were approved as distributed.
Treasurer James Pisell reported that the city checking account had been deposited into the money market account at Jacksonville Savings Bank, with $42,776.36 as the current balance.
Employee/Staff Management: No reports at this time.
Volunteer Recruitment/Management: No report.
Fundraising and Budgeting: John Power, board member and long-time supporter of historical/cultural happenings in Jacksonville, passed away on October 9. A memorial service has tentatively been scheduled for March 20, 2019. It was agreed that a $100 memorial donation would be appropriate when final arrangements have been announced.
Dave Blanchette is currently investigating a DOT Foods grant application. There are now two openings on the board, as the search continues to find candidates who have experience in fundraising, grant-writing, and history/museum backgrounds. No report on the Hard Hat Ball or museum memberships; agenda item on moving funds to a Certificate of Deposit will be considered in January.
Acquisitions/Archives & Historian: Prairieland Heritage donated six exhibit cases and two corner stands and moved them into the Old Post Office building. They are wood with glass fronts and very heavy. Will need locks installed on the back openings and cleaned up, but will make very nice display cases for future exhibits.
Several board members were able to tour the School District 117 historical collection that is being offered for a long term loan. It included sports memorabilia, football and band uniforms, class rings, photographs, and many other items. It was generally agreed that making a selection of items for a short term loan/display would probably work out better at this time.
James Pisell displayed a collection of Native American projectile points given by an anonymous donor that are in very good condition and will fit in nicely with items already in our collection.
Bob Sibert is currently scanning and sorting through a large collection of photographs from the Murray Studio (formerly located in the building where Merle Fox Photography had conducted business). The collection includes many aerial views of Jacksonville, local storefronts and street scenes, and people; most are labeled with names and dates.
James Pisell brought up the difficulty of accepting donated items for the museum as long as there is no building available to house the collection and maintain exhibits for public viewing. The board discussed the option of making a room on the north side of the basement of the Old Post Office climate-controlled and secure for the storage of all of the museum’s collection, which would make access and availability of items easier for cataloging, sorting, and mounting displays as well as saving on rent. It was decided to get an estimate for finishing the room (walls, floor, shelving, etc.) in order to apply to DOT Foods for a grant to fund it.
Exhibits/Facilities: Steve Varble and Laura Marks are working on an exhibit to open on Wednesday, November 28, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the book-signing for “The Way We Were Vol. 3” at Jacksonville Savings Bank. They are developing a list of subjects included in the book, and James Pisell will help find items from our collection to support the exhibit.
Several area businesses have agreed to offer display space for a progressive exhibit of museum items, including the Jacksonville Public Library, the Soap Company, and the Municipal Building.
David Blanchette offered examples and prices for archival supplies such as tissue paper and storage boxes. There should be some supplies in storage but they haven’t been uncovered yet.
There was no update on the Old Post Office building.
Special Events/Public Education & Promotion: (see above on Exhibits/Facilities). Interns: No report.
OLD BUSINESS: None.
NEW BUSINESS: None.
There were no public comments.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6, 5:15 p.m., at the Mayor’s Conference Room at the Jacksonville Municipal Building.
With no further business or announcements to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.