Message from the Museum Board President:
I am honored by the trust placed in me to serve as president of the Siloam Springs Museum board of directors and humbled to be following in the footprints of Trisha Posey, our past president. Our board is committed to preserving the past and preparing for the future and are looking forward to an exciting year for the museum and for our community. We welcome our two newest board members, Carla Wasson, Esq. and Karl Mounger.
We have just announced that the museum will remain at our current location on 112 N. Maxwell Street just one block east of Broadway, in the downtown historic district. Over the past eighteen months, the board has carefully considered options for a possible relocation to the Old Post Office on Broadway Street, but we believe that such a move will adversely affect the future sustainability of the museum if we were to take on higher overhead costs and building updates for such a large facility.
We believe enhancing our current location will provide greater outreach to the community, better access to exhibits and activities and it will also prevent a beautiful old building from sitting empty on the street adjacent to our vibrant business district on Broadway.
Currently, museum board members are meeting with city leaders, community stakeholders, collections professionals, architects and contractors to help them identify the most efficient and cost effective ways they can renovate and restore the beauty of the building the museum now occupies and enhance its displays of artifacts of historical importance.
The museum board and staff remain grateful to museum members and donors for their ongoing support and to the City of Siloam Springs for the use of the current building as well as their continued financial assistance.
The Siloam Springs Museum was incorporated in 1969 and moved to its current location in 1972. Since then, the museum has continued to add to the extensive collection and we estimate that over 25,000 photographs, documents, and artifacts are being preserved for future generations.
We will be announcing upcoming programs and thecontinuation of many activities you have enjoyed in the past year. On February 11, the museum will open an exhibit on past Siloam artists and their artwork. During the exhibit run time, we are looking forward to displaying artwork from Ability Tree’s art class alongside the museum’s collection. Additionally, we are excited to be on the itinerary for the SSHS Reunion for the Classes of 1964-1979 on September 16 and we will have a temporary exhibit highlighting those years. We will also be announcing details for our Spring into History Event very soon so stay tuned and plan to join us. We are open Tuesday through Saturday year round and we hope to see you often in the coming year.
Katie Rennard, Museum Board President
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