Elevate the Museum - 5-Year Renovation Pledge Campaign
On Saturday, March 28, 2015 the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center launched the event called "Elevate the Museum", a Five-year Renovation Pledge Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds to make the 100 year old building more accessible and safer to members and visitors.
Currently, most of the museum is inaccessible to patrons and visitors that are unable to climb stairs. The most expensive and most needed item in the plan is an elevator needed for access to the 20 rooms in the basement and two on the second floor. Other items include an outdoor access ramp, improved lighting, larger more accessible restrooms, and renovations to the attic to allow for expanded storage and improved accessibility to an increasing inventory of valuable artifacts.
For more information click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-331-3515.
Testing new hours
We are testing new hours for Thursdays to 12Noon to 7PM to allow those that work or go to school during the day to visit the museum in the early evening. Let us know what you think.
New Photo Club
The next meeting is May 12, 2015 at 6PM at the museum Research Center. Read more about the club by clicking on the link for the photo club. If you would like to find out more, come to our next meeting. John and Rob would like to hear from you.
Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame
The Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4 PM except on Thursday the hours are 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. There are plans for special activities on Thursday evenings such as tours of videos shown.
Home Town Teams
The Hometown Teams partner exhibit will feature multiple activities that will enhance the themes of the traveling Smithsonian exhibition and provide an opportunity to engage all ages in baseball events. Click here to read more.
The current and prior years' newsletters are available for download at Newsletters.
If you are not a member yet, click here for a membership form. and enjoy the benfits of being a member.
Steve Greenwall's Pastel Class is completed, but he is returning to give 1/2 day classes on basic drawing on 3/16 and 4/20 and several months following at $20 each. Our regular painting days will be returning to the second and fourth Monday mornings.
2015 Verdigris Valley Youth Art Exhibit
To read about the 2015 Verdigris Valley Youth Art Exhibit click here. VVYAE will be held April 17, 2015 to May 2, 2015. The awards will be given out April 17th at 6:30PM. Click here for a copy of the Invitation.
2015 Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit
The 2015 Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit(VVAE) will be held June 26, 2015 to July 24, 2015. The general information is available by clicking here. The brochure and entry form can be downloaded by clicking here.
Be sure to read about all the activities associated with art at the Museum. If you are a professional artist, you can apply for your own art exhibit (subject to approval).
Also check out all the art for sale in the gift shop.
Check out our gift shop. We have many exciting items on display. Gift Shop link.
The new campaign name and number are "The Painting Continues" and #15901. Place an order by calling 1-855-870-7208 or going online to schwans-cares.com. The Museum will receive 20% of all purchases made between October 28th and December 12th. We will continue to receive 5% from December 13th through to October 27, 2015.
E-certificates are available for $25 each. The Museum receives $10 from each one purchased. There is a limit of one per customer. A sample order form is here. You can go to www.schwans.com to place your order. Schwans also has an APP which you can download onto your phone, etc. That address is www.schwans.com/app.
Luncheons are held each month on the second Friday at 12 Noon from September through May. There are only special events during the summer months. Be sure to make reservations each month. The current month's newsletter lists the menu for the day.
Wi-FI is now available in the museum for your use. You can research your family history or other research items.. You can bring your own computer, or use one of the computers available. The WIFI and the coffee bar are open during regular business hours.