Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Watkins Mill Association, Inc.

  • Lawson, MO
  • www.watkinsmill.org

Mission Statement

Watkins Mill Association is the official friends group for the State Park and Historic Site. Our mission is to proactively support the preservation and living history of Watkins Woolen Mill National Historic Site.

Main Programs

  1. Education & Arts Programs
  2. Volunteer Development

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Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

1960

Principal Officer since 2013

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Board Chair is Executive Director

Keywords

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Woolen Mill, Missouri history, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, creative programs, 5K runs

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EIN

43-6052704

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Watkins Mill Association (WMA) is strategically focused on growing Historic Site activity. Our programs appeal to folks interested in local causes that integrate healthy lifestyles and the arts into daily living, support children and families, and help organizations be self-sufficient. In 2014, the Association produced a new event, Watkins Mill Get Outdoors Day, promoting all four priorities. The fun-filled day attracted over 1,000 Visitors, mostly families and kids (many for the first time) with a 5K run, live music, shared artistic activities and imaginative outdoor games, all staffed primarily by Volunteers. The Association also offers Creative Workshops, providing new Visitor attractions. Professionally-led artistic/educational programs are developed in answer to Visitors' requests. Successful pilots include: Oil Painting with Nature's Palette, Marionette Theatre, Photography, Needle Felting and Creative Writing. WMA's electronic communications and Creative Workshops both operate with part-time contractors and Board oversight. We leverage technology to increase awareness, generate interest, produce fresh content through the website and social media, and attract new levels of participation. Our contractors' appreciation of Watkins Mill adds energy to social media activities and artistic programming. Thousands of people enjoy the cultural treasure that is Watkins Mill every year. In 2014, it was the ninth largest area attraction, with 15,434 Historic Site Visitors and 474,456 overall Park Visitors.Beginning in 2015, WMA has set these aggressive annual goals. We will increase numbers by increasing the quantity of quality Visitor experiences.Increase Members by 15%.Increase Volunteers by 15%.Increase Historic Site visits by 1,000.Increase website visits and social media participation.Maintain active Board participation in three local Chambers of Commerce.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education & Arts Programs

Watkins Mill Association began this initiative to: Produce new education and arts programs that attract more new and repeat Visitors.Provide a variety of satisfying enriching events that cultivate both faithful and broader audiences.Create natural opportunities for interested participants to join the Watkins Mill family as Volunteers and Members. The Historic Site provides a rich cultural heritage and outstandingresources as subject matter. We are building on popular annual events (Annual Music Fest and Back Porch Jam; plus Spring, Fall and Christmas on the Farm). We are producing a variety of interactive and historical programs, creative expressions with various fine arts, performance arts, and live blue grass and country music. Quality events with entertainment value are key to creating fee structures required for ongoing program vitality -- and for the Historic Site's long-term sustainability.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Volunteer Development

Since 2009, Missouri has decreased the Watkins Mill staff -- making today's Volunteers vital to the Historic Site's sustainability. Well-trained Volunteers bring the 1870s to life, often as interpretive performers in period costumes. Home and Mill Tours provide in-depth views of domestic life and the textile industry.Living History Farm Program engages students in traditional 1870s activities.Industrial Revolution Program lets students compare hands-on production and safety methods before and during the Industrial Revolution.One-Room School House Program immerses students in 19th century education.Natural History Interpretive Programs take advantage of the Park's flora and fauna.Specialized Volunteers manage archives, heirloom gardens, historic livestock and farm operations. Volunteers are an investment, requiring two to four weeks of training. They understand Watkins Mill and life in the 1870s -- and make that heritage relevant to today's Client/Visitors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Funding Needs

WMA must create a sustainable future for Watkins Mill Historic Site. Donations build resources to attract more Visitors, Volunteers and Members:Expand education and artistic programming. Underwrite new Creative Workshops, which will generate future revenues.Enhance electronic resources to improve outreach, increase awareness and communications, and accept payments -- all without adding staff.Offer two annual 5K runs, certified and sanctioned to attract more participants. Registrations and Sponsorships are recruited to create new revenue streams.

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Principal Officer

Board Chair is Executive Director

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. David P. Ross

David P. Ross, LLC

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

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