In the past month we have continued to work on our expansion. Our main entrance has moved to Warren Street which has a larger parking lot and a handicap accessible door. In the past week, the Executive Director’s office moved, joining the Gift Shop and Marian Anderson Art Gallery on the lower level.
Over the past month, work on our expansion into the lower level has continued. The walls are painted and the new Museum Gift Shop and Marian Anderson Art Gallery is being prepared for the store merchandise. Come and see the results of our hard work this Saturday, September 27 with the Community Open House and Member Appreciation. Enter through our new entrance along Warren Street and visit the new Gift Shop and Art Gallery. Then explore our newly expanded space which includes the traveling exhibit “Minnesota Disasters”.
This past Saturday we opened our new traveling exhibit, Minnesota Disasters: Stories of Strength and Survival, in the lower level of our building. This exhibit was possible because of the expansion. If you did not have a chance to see the exhibit this past Saturday, it will be on display through October 4. Stop by and check out our new space and the progress made up to this point.
Great progress was made again this past week. At the beginning of the week, our painter Mary began transforming the future traveling exhibits and gift shop areas. The blue and maroon walls are now a beautiful shade that compliments all of the stone, bricks and tiles. We still have cleaning projects and light construction available if anyone is interested in helping. If you would like to help with any of the projects, please contact Danelle.
We have made great progress in the past week thanks to some great volunteers. This past weekend, the wall that was put up in 1988 to help separate the two levels was removed, making it easier for staff, volunteers and visitors to move between the two floors. To help our volunteers know what projects and cleaning needs to be done downstairs, all they need to do is look for one of several post-it notes. If you would like to help with any of the projects, please contact Danelle, there are a lot of post-it notes.
We are excited to start working in the lower level of the building this week. We have a lot to get ready before our new traveling exhibit opening on August 16 and our Open House on September 27.
Over the next few months, BECHS will be expanding to the lower level of our building on the corner of 5th and Cherry Streets in Mankato. We are excited to tryout the new space to see what works and what doesn't work before we embark on any major renovations.
It’s official, the building is ours! Over the next few weeks we will begin cleaning and painting the lower level before moving the Museum Gift Shop and Marian Anderson Art Gallery. One of the challenges that we face will be making sure that we can alter some of the walls within the building. If you would like to physically help with some of our light construction projects, please contact Jessica.
We are about to enter into a very exciting time for the Blue Earth County Historical Society. As of July 1, 2014 the entire building will be ours. Here are some of our current plans for the building.
One of the biggest changes will be to move the main entrance to the Warren Street entrance instead of the current Cherry Street Door. First, we will begin with cleaning, painting and light maintenance work in the lower level, including opening the second stairwell between the upper and lower levels.