Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Maysville & Mason County Library Historical & Scientific Association

  • Maysville, KY
  • http://www.KYGMC.org

This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission Statement

The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic
collections, exhibits, and a genealogical-historical library.

The Kentucky Gateway
Museum Center is the operating entity of the Maysville and Mason County
Library, Historical and Scientific Association. Founded in 1878 when a local
merchant, James Wormald, of English origin, in order to express his gratitude
for the manner in which the citizens of Maysville had welcomed him to their
community, made a contribution of $2000 to fund "the establishment, promotion,
and preservation of an institute in said city, uniting the advantages of a
public library with those of a historical and scientific society."
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is a not-for-profit membership organization of
private citizens concerned with preservation of historical information about
their region.  Collections can be divided into four primary categories:
archives, artifacts, exhibits and art. The Association was chartered by the
State of Kentucky on March 1, 1878 and is said to be the oldest state
historical organization in continuous existence.

Main Programs

  1. Museum Scouts
  2. RiverWorks Discovery Camp
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Kentucky:, Bracken County, Fleming County, Lewis County, Mason County, Robertson County, .  Ohio: Brown County and Adams County.

ruling year

1946

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Dewey Applegate

Keywords

Self-reported

Regional History, Genealogical and Research Library, Decorative Arts, 1/12 scale miniatures.

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EIN

61-0444776

 Number

2992857618

Also Known As

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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KGMC has one of the most important
county collections in Kentucky.  The collection, begun over 131 years ago,
continues to grow in size and importance.  Artifacts and documentation from
early exploration of the wilderness by George Rogers Clarke, Daniel Boone,
Simon Kenton, George Washington and other intrepid explorers.  Reflecting
the lives of the first permanent settlers, rise of towns and villages, the rise
and fall of slavery, the industrial revolution, and continues into the 21st
century.

Until 2007 the entire collection was
housed in a 1881 library  building and a 1950's library building,
both built by the Association.  In 2007 we finished construction on a
27,000 sf addition, and all collections were moved to this facility into
archival storage with HVAC and light controlled environs.

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

Museum Scouts

Museum Scouts
after-school enrichment program for Mason County fourth grade students
interested in local history and our museum. Students learn about the history of the area, services and resources
provided by the museum, basic photography and its use in oral history and
genealogy. Hands-on art projects and a
field trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are included in
the program.

The
Museum Scouts program began in 1998 and since that time more than 400 students
from Mason County, Fleming County and St. Patrick schools have participated.  Due to space and funding restrictions, the
program has been limited to no more than 40 students each term; our goal is 60
students, expanding the program to include more students from surrounding
counties.

The
Museum Scout curriculum includes the following sessions: (1) Native American
artifacts in the Museum collection; (2) Ohio River history from 1900 through
the present; (3) A “behind the scene” tour of the museum and its different
departments; (4) A costumed speaker tells them about the Civil War and each
child is presented with the book, “If You Lived in the Time of the Civil
War”. (5) A class on the Underground Railroad is presented and the children
receive the book, “If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad”. (6 & 7)
The students are taught how to do their own family histories with sessions on
genealogy and oral history with workbooks presented to them on both subjects.
(8) Each student is given his own camera to
encourage photographic documentation of their family which we develop and
return to them for their own collections. (9)Our Miniature Curator does a hands on program with the children. Miniature family albums are made from pictures the children have taken. (10) A field trip to the Cincinnati
Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a recent addition to the program.
Upon
completion of the program, the students assist with their own class tours of
the Museum Center and a closing ceremony is held. At the ceremony the students are awarded a
certificate of completion, Museum Scout tee shirt, an ornament, and a KGMC membership
that is valid through their high school graduation. Memberships are given with the expectation
the students will continue to visit and utilize the historical information
available in completing school assignments.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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None

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 2

RiverWorks Discovery Camp

Camp for 4th and 5th grade children. Learning about conservation, living and working on the river.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

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None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Kentucky:, Bracken County, Fleming County, Lewis County, Mason County, Robertson County, .  Ohio: Brown County and Adams County.

Funding Needs

Operations Educational Projects and Programs

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

American Association for State and Local History

Southeastern Museum Conference

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MAYSVILLE & MASON CO LIBRARY HISTORICAL & SCIENTIFIC ASSOC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Maysville & Mason County Library Historical & Scientific Association

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Dewey Applegate

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Youth Programming, Exhibits, and Genealogical-Historical
Research Library

 The Museum Center’s
mission is collecting, preserving, and interpreting the social and cultural
heritage of a seven-county area in one of the earliest settlement areas of the
Ohio River Valley. Focus is on three major core programs and activities that
remain true to our 1878 goals for which we were originally chartered, “To educate and serve the public as a
resource/research center, and to preserve and expand its collections in order
to further enhance the educational process.”

 In 2007 we open an
addition, housing not only an expanded Research Library, Community Meeting
Room, Classroom, Archival Storage complete with HVAC and light controls, but
also a world renowned decorative arts Miniatures Collection. With the space
provided by our new addition, we are able to play a larger role in community
outreach and education."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John Stier

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Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

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