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MUSEUM YEAR-END REPORT

MUSEUM YEAR-END REPORTMuseum Year-end Report

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of maintaining a museum is providing a resource for people who are interested in family or area history. It is also gratifying to provide guided tours for youth groups. Unfortunately, the present building does not have the space for proper orientation for visiting groups. This makes it difficult to communicate with youthful visitors and the lack of an elevator limits access to second floor for senior citizens.

Including all the special events, the museum was host to over 1,700 visitors during the past year. The Tuesday farm market brought more people to Depot St. and consequently more visitors to the museum. Burger Fest provides people from throughout the nation with a reason to visit Seymour. Many of these individuals are interested in the history of the hamburger and visit the display in the museum. This year 799 Burger Fest attendees toured the museum.

The Giz Herbst Art Show attracted 120 people who had the opportunity to interact and view the impressive display. The Jean Maass doll exhibit brought in 104 people. Certainly, the most popular program organized by the SCHS is “Music in the Park.” Even though the weather was challenging this summer, 3,342 people attended the concerts. The outside programs averaged 318 spectators per event. The historical society had a booth at the Outagamie County Fair for 5 days. The society Web site (www.seymourhistory.org) had 1,252 visitors.

The SCHS now has 175 lifetime family members and 52 lifetime business members. It was a fun year, and your society helped provide area residents with many social and cultural choices.

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