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Plymouth Historical Museum News

The Museum's New Look

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Thanks to the generosity of Baldwin Landscape Group and the Margaret Dunning Foundation, the Plymouth Historical Museum has had a facelift in the past couple of weeks. The Baldwin Landscape Group completely re-sodded the Museum's lawn, added mulch, and trimmed the bushes--all pro bono! We truly appreciate the generous community spirit exhibited by the professionals at Baldwin Landscape Group!
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The Margaret Dunning Foundation has generously provided funds for two other recent projects: replacing the transom glass above the Church Street door and replacing the storage doors in the Sanford Burr Meeting Room. The transom glass was etched with the words "Plymouth Historical Society." Last year the Society was renamed "Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum." We want visitors to know that the Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum is "Privately Funded and Publicly Enjoyed," so we replaced the transom glass with that wording.
 
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The storage doors in the meeting room were from the original construction of the Museum and were at the end of their lifespan. These doors cover where our tables and chairs are stored. The Dunning Foundation funded the storage door replacement project, which was recently completed. The doors are suspended on tracks and glide very easily to open and close.
 
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The Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum is extremely greatful to Baldwin Landscape Group and the Margaret Dunning Foundation for their generous support with much needed facelift projects!

Anonymous Donor Pledges 50/50 Match for Digital Marquis

Many of you are familiar with the marquis sign on the Main Street side of the Museum. We use it to advertise Museum events. The sign has served us well over the years and is one of our best ways to let passers-by know what’s going on at the Museum. But the sign has to be changed manually and has limited space for wording, so it certainly has its limitations. With technology marching forward as it has in recent years, it is now possible to have a two-sided digital marquis that would be housed within the framework of the current manual marquis. This digital marquis would be programmed from within the Museum on the computers used by the staff, and would allow for more information to be passed to the community in a more timely manner. Since the marquis is our number one advertising asset, the sky is the limit for the opportunities provided by a digital marquis that could change messages periodically.
 
The cost of a two-sided digital marquis can be up to $18,000. Naturally, though, we do not have any money budgeted for a new marquis, and with operating funds as tight as they are, we wouldn’t be able to afford one for many years to come. However, an anonymous donor recently stepped forward offering a 50/50 match for monies donated toward the purchase of a digital marquis. In other words, this donor will match dollar for dollar the amount of money donated for a new marquis! We are hoping to have enough donations by December 31, 2012, so that we can begin the process of acquiring this wonderful advertising opportunity for the Museum. If you would like to be one of the donors for this opportunity, your money is naturally tax deductible as the Plymouth Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. If your donation is more than $100, you will be acknowledged on our new donor wall in the stairwell leading to the lower level. We have received our first $500 donation toward this special project, thanks to Cynthia McLaren Hartsig. Hopefully more generous donors will step forward to help us achieve this goal.
 
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New Board of Directors

At its annual meeting in May, the Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum members elected a new slate for its Board of Directors. This year’s election incorporated staggered terms for the directors, in accordance with bylaws changes instituted in 2011. The newly elected Board of Directors for 2012-2013, and their terms are:  Jeff Ashton (2012-2013), Jim Burroughs (2012-2015), Sally Fedus (2012-2015), Aaron Frank (2012-2013), Bee Friedlander (2012-2014), Wes Graff (2012-2013), Daniel Packer (2012-2014), Mike Pappas (2012-2013), Jim Vermeulen Jr. (2012-2014), and Pam Yockey (2012-2015), as well as permanent director Margaret Dunning.
 
The Board of Directors elected its officers for the coming year at its meeting Wednesday: Pam Yockey, president; Mike Pappas, vice president; Sally Fedus, secretary; and Jim Burroughs, treasurer. Bee Friedlander now serves as past president after serving as president for the past four years.
Become a member of the Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum and receive free admission, discounts on upcoming events, as well as a 10 percent discount in the museum store. The Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum is a private charitable organization that receives no government funding. The Museum offers a wide array of information from exhibits on Plymouth, including a timeline of the city dating back to the Native Americans, a Victorian-era recreation of Main Street, an exhibit on celebrated President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the current exhibit that extends until June 17, “Ration Stamps & Bombers: WWII at Home.” The Museum will be closed June 18-28 in preparation for its upcoming exhibit “Inaugural Gowns of the First Ladies,” which will run June 29-November 7, 2012.
 
The Plymouth Historical Museum is located at 155 S. Main Street, one block north of downtown Plymouth. Hours are 1-4 pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Kroger Community Rewards Program

The Plymouth Historical Museum has been approved to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, allowing the Museum to earn money based on money spent at Kroger by those enrolled with the Museum as the beneficiary. If you would like to help the Museum receive money each time you shop at Kroger, simply register online at
Here are the steps for registering:
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • At krogercommunityrewards.com, click on Sign In/Register.
  • Most participants are new online customers, so click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • You must first sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Once your account is activated, click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number (91056 for the Plymouth Historical Museum) or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases don't count for the Museum until after you have register your card.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
Thank you for going through these steps to support the ongoing operations of the Plymouth Historical Museum. This is an effortless way for the Museum to benefit from community participation. Please realize that you will need to reregister each year, selecting the Museum as the beneficiary of this program.