The Bremer County Historical board met Tuesday, October 9th, at 7 PM at the museum.
Eight board members were present: Hundley, Blanchard, Mackamul, Magnall, Mueller, Buls, Bell, Hoodjer. Guest: Ron Borglum. Absent: Huser, Everding, Walton.
Minutes of the September meeting (Mackamul): She reviewed the minutes and the board approved.
Treasurer Report (Huser): Mackamul passed out the report. Motion to approve by Buls. Bell made the second. All approved.
Curator’s Report: One yearbook was missed. Board suggested finding out if there would be postage cost and go ahead with having it scanned.
Resignation: Rod Drenkow left a message for the board along with his resignation.
Professional Continuing Education: Blanchard shared with the board about the importance of the board and staff attending museum conferences. It would be nice if there were money set aside to cover the fees involved.
Endowments/Sponsorships: A form letter was discussed to see if businesses would sponsor a room in the museum. Development committee could work on this.
Outreach: Student tours - Hoodjer has made the contacts. Some teachers are interested. It will probably be spring when they are lined up. He is contacting middle and high school along with 4th grade.
Speakers Circuit - The first program has been lined up in the Sumner library. Mackamul will present, “Historical Photo Care, Dating, and Restoring” on November 5th.
Music: Blanchard reported that the piano tuner said it would likely cost over $1,000 to tune the piano in the parlor. Fixing one thing could cause another to break. She has not heard back from any music people from Wartburg.
Flea Market: November 1st and 2nd at the Centre Building. Blanchard and DeVries will be taking care of the booth. Collectibles can be still donated. Mackamul can still take on items. Some items from the 3rd floor attic will be added.
Volunteer Appreciation: October 30th at the Waverly Civic Center from 5:30 - 7 30 PM. Magnall reported the committee has worked out most of the details. Hundley asked Blanchard to send out postcard invites to the volunteers.
Event during Horse Sale: The idea to have an event coincide with the Waverly Horse Sales was declined.
Collections: Blanchard has revamped the volunteer handbook. She has also sent Intern sheets to Wartburg, UNI, and Univ. of Iowa.
Building: Attic insulation is scheduled for Oct. 21st. Clean out day for the 3rd floor attic is scheduled for Oct. 14 at 2 PM.
Hours of Operation: Mackamul checked with the State Historical Society for hours needing to be open for grant requirements. We need to be open at least 26 hours per week during our open season. The museum is meeting that requirement currently.
Insurance: Bremer Mutual agent toured museum Sept. 25th. Excel Group will be providing us with another quote. Huser did pay our present premium.
The board discussed the next step for the building. Archival space and targeted events were talked about.
Other business: A Waverly Welcome Center will be discussed with James Bronner from the City of Waverly and Travis from the Chamber. Bell made the motion to allow Hundley to go ahead and proceed to have a meeting with the city and chamber about a Welcome Center in the museum. Seconded by Buls.
Poetry Book: Mackamul suggested that instead of one person featured in a book, to do one with all the poetry authors from Bremer County in our collections.
Blanchard would like to reprint some of Frederika Bremer’s books.
Grants: Mackamul talked about the Gaming Association Grants and also Wells Fargo’s.
Next meeting will be held November 13th at 7 PM at the museum. Motion to adjourn at 8:18 PM by Magnall. Seconded by Blanchard. Motion carried.