Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Plymouth Historical Society

  • Plymouth, MI
  • http://www.plymouthhistory.org/

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum, formally the Plymouth Historical Society, is a privately funded membership organization dedicated to preserving, teaching and presenting history through the operation and support of the Plymouth Historical Museum.

Main Programs

  1. Education Programs
  2. Living History in the Community - Events
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Livonia, Canton, Westland, Northville, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Southeast Michigan, Detroit Metropolitan area plus occasional visitors from across the country and around the world.

ruling year

1959

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Social History, Collect, Exhibit, Preserve, Plymouth, Lincoln

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Also Known As

Plymouth Historical Museum

EIN

38-6096477

 Number

3459281156

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our mission is to preserve and share Plymouth's history.

The museum hosts more than 1,000 children/students each year with field trips and child-focused events teaching them about the rich history of Plymouth.

The "Living History" events utilizing our troupe of 50 historic reenactors are a unique and intriguing draw. Bringing history to life has allowed us to provide an entertaining experience at our events, and opens the opportunity to let adults learn more about Plymouth's history, too.

Special exhibits that change 3 times each year allow us to appeal to a variety of interests. From the inaugural gowns of the First Ladies to "A Christmas Story" Red Ryder BB Gun, each exhibit focuses on a different aspect of Plymouth's history and how we fit into the larger history of our region and our country. There's something for everyone.

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 Programs

A variety of programs and presentations are available either at the Plymouth Historical Museum or in the Classroom:
~ “Toys and Games of Long Ago.”
~ “Native Americans of Michigan”
~ “A Field Study of Communities”
~ “School Marms’ Trunk"
~ “A Time Line of Community History”
~ “The Erie Canal and Its Effect on the Settling of Michigan”
~ “The Underground Railroad and Abraham Lincoln”
~ “The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln”

Curriculum-based education programs offer easy access, bus parking, programs to coordinate with a Plymouth Library visit, convenient walking tours,
a fun and safe atmosphere for learning!

Most programs are mobile and can be brought to schools. All programs can be adjusted to grade level.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$10000

Program 2

Living History in the Community - Events

The Plymouth Historical Museum hosts off-site events to bring history out of the museum and closer to the community. Our events include: Cemetery Walk, History Walks, Historic Home Tours, and more.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goals for the Plymouth Historical Museum:
    1. Exceed 5,000 attendees
    2. Exceed 1,300 children/students
    3. Sell out every event
    4. Recruit 12 new volunteers this year
    5. Update our exhibits/archives with digital handheld readers for tracking/accessions
    6. Get a whole-building generator
    7. Repair concrete in front of the building
    8. Exceed last year's Appeal donations
    9. Exceed last year's Gala Fundraiser net
    10. Increase membership by 10%
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Strategies for accomplishing our goals:
    1. We hired a Marketing Director who is working on increasing attendance and donations
    2. We hired a Volunteer coordinator who is working on volunteer recruitment
    3. We will be expanding our Gala fundraiser committee with additional volunteers to help us accomplish more.
    4. We are consulting with other local non-profits for ideas on how to improve our fundraising Gala.
    5. The increased revenue from the Gala, Annual Appeals and/or grants will fund the the concrete repair at the front of the and whole-building generator.
    6. We are writing grants as they are available to help with funding to make our goals a reality.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The capabilities for meeting our goals include:

    1. Our staff of 1 full time executive director and 9 part-time employees work diligently and creatively to accomplish more than should be possible in the hours we have.

    2. Grant funding for the Marketing Director position and Volunteer Coordinator position has expanded our human resource capability with two additional people for the next two years.

    3. We have a dedicated and talented group of more than 100 volunteers who support the museum in a variety of ways: painting, construction, docent, office help, event help, education presentations, etc. These folks are an excellent resource to help us accomplish our goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know if we are making progress by tracking the data showing how many visitors, how many active volunteers, how many events sell out, how many projects are completed. Visitor surveys will provide additional feedback regarding our performance.

    Our team meets regularly to assess the outcomes of our projects, events and programs and to plan for improving in the future.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments to far include:

    1. Increased number of Facebook "likes" on our fan page from 500 followers to 2121 in the past 18 months. This has given us a wider audience for getting the word out about events, increasing attendance.

    2. The museum has received $71,000 in grants in the past year that helped us hire a Marketing Director, hire a Volunteer Coordinator, purchase an AED, and install a museum quality movable storage system to protect our collections.

    3. We had the most successful fundraising gala in our 70 year history in March. The event raised more than $47,000 to fund the museum's operations.

    4. We had a generous sponsor come forward and donate $6,000 to allow us to offer "Free Summer Saturdays" at the Plymouth Historical Museum in 2017.

    Things we still need to do:
    1. Increase attendance
    2. Repair concrete in front of the museum
    3. Remodel lower level restrooms for ADA Compliance
    4. Increase memberships from 400 to 440
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Livonia, Canton, Westland, Northville, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Southeast Michigan, Detroit Metropolitan area plus occasional visitors from across the country and around the world.

Social Media

Funding Needs

There are a variety of projects within the Plymouth Historical Museum that would help enhance our exhibits and bring us into the 21st century. Many of them involve technology, which will keep the Museum relevant to current and future generations. In addition, the building itself is 46 years old and needs repairs and upkeep on a regular basis. We need money for special projects and to maintain the building that houses the Plymouth Historical Museum.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

American Association for State and Local History

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PLYMOUTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Plymouth Historical Society

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Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens

BIO

Retired USMC major; Archival Management Certificate from Wayne State University; Masters in PR from University of Maryland; Masters in State and Local History from Eastern Michigan University

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Margaret Harris

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