BROCKVILLE – The Brockville Museum recently received a gift of $25,000 from the Friends of the Brockville Museum to assist the local community museum with the much needed purchase of promotional materials, conservation supplies, and exhibit development.
The board-run, city-owned museum relies on donations like this to supplement its limited operating budget. “We’re in the enviable position that our building and staff salaries are covered by the municipality, but we still have to raise money through donations and grants to cover things like utilities, programs, advertising, and exhibits” says museum Curator/Director, Natalie Wood. “That’s about $75,000 every year that we are responsible for raising, and that’s just to cover the basics”.
The $25,000 from the Friends will be used to purchase new equipment and supplies otherwise not possible within the museum’s tight annual operating budget. This includes new outdoors signs, a new exhibit about the Railway Tunnel and Blockhouse Island, a new camera for documenting the collection, conservation and storage supplies for new acquisitions, and the longoverdue translation of the existing exhibits into French. The Friends are also contributing to the partially grant-funded salary of a marketing and outreach intern this fall, a position that will allow the museum to have a presence at many fall events.
The Friends of the Brockville Museum was founded in 1993 to formalize a group of volunteers with the purpose of supporting, protecting and promoting the City of Brockville’s Museum. Since 1993, the Friends have helped raise money and support for the construction of an addition to the museum in 1995, as well as for a variety of other projects and initiatives in the years since, including the Open Drawer Project (2014), which has seen the creation of an online-searchable database of the museum’s collection.
Every year, the Friends of the Brockville Museum hold a number of fundraising events, including the popular used book sale every spring, and the kitsch and collectables silent auction in the fall (taking place October 13th & 14th 2017). Members of the Friends also support the museum by providing volunteer resources for museum events and programs. An individual annual membership with the Friends is only $20, which is used to support the museum’s operation.
“The Friends are here to do what we can to help the museum and the valuable cultural service they provide our community” says Friends’ President, Nancy Nicholson. “Anyone who appreciates history and culture is encouraged to become a member of the Friends of the Brockville Museum” she adds.
The Brockville Museum serves as a depository for, and stewards of, objects and documents that represent the history of Brockville. To this end, the museum acquires over 400 new pieces every year. The museum shares these objects and the stories they tell about Brockville’s past through an exhaustive schedule of public programs and through permanent and temporary exhibitions at their location on Henry Street.
To learn more about the programs and exhibits on offer at the Brockville Museum, or to learn more about the Friends of the Brockville Museum, visit the museum online at www.brockvillemuseum.com .