December 19, 2012 by wcobserver
NEWS FROM THE WINSLOW MUSEUM
Special to the Observer from Bev Simpson
This past year was very successful for the Winslow Museum. Through a $2500.00 grant from the Arkansas Heritage Foundation, the museum hosted several programs for Arkansas Heritage Month in May. The spotlight was on Winslow’s own Maud Dunlap Duncan. Maud was a school teacher, pharmacist, Mayor of Arkansas’ first all-woman city government, and owner and publisher of the Winslow American Newspaper. There is an exhibit in the museum which honors Maud and her involvement in the newspaper. Two dramas were also performed by community volunteers honoring the many accomplishments of this great lady.
The museum was also able to secure a Small Museum Grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council in the amount of $2000.00. Part of this money is being used to train a director for certification. A portion of this grant also provided a new computer, a printer, a camera, and a voice recorder for interviews. Monies will also go towards printing new brochures and reprinting current books, as well as, the creating a printing of new historical books of the area.
We would like to express our gratitude for all who participated in any of the events at the Winslow Museum. Whether visiting, acting, writing, taking pictures, or any type of volunteering, we are forever grateful. The museum could not make it without your involvement.
We have many things planned for 2013. Starting in January, the 2nd Friday of every month will be designated as a volunteer day for the museum. We have a lot of work to be done organizing and making records for items in the museum. If you have an interest in helping with recording inventory either by writing or taking pictures, we would love to have your help. There are also many papers and pictures which need to be sorted and filed. If you have an interest in helping, we will be working on January 11th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm unless the weather is bad.
In the spring, the museum will set aside one Saturday each month for a cemetery clean-up day. There are many small cemeteries in and around Winslow which get no care. We will start with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cemetery. If you are interested in a wonderful lesson in the history of some of the people buried in some of these small cemeteries, please join us for these important events. There will be more information on this at a later date.
We are still working on getting all of the paperwork in to establish the museum as a non-profit entity. One of our volunteers has been working on this and we will try to get everything wrapped up in January.
The Winslow Museum would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We are so grateful to the community for all of its involvement and support throughout the year. If you have not visited the museum, please come see us. If you would like to volunteer, we will welcome you with open arms. The museum is open Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and by appointment on Sat. For more information call Beverly at 870-404-8661 or Barbara or Renee at 634-3901.