A museum is a lot more than a collection of “stuff” set out for display. Here are a few of the things that go into keeping the Little Red Shop Museum operational:
- Maintaining the building
- Cataloging and researching artifacts
- Coordinating events
- Writing content for the website
- Staffing events
How can you help? Here are four easy ways:
Everyone who staffs the Little Red Shop Museum is a volunteer. Some are more visible than others. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much or how little time you have, or whether you know anything about history, we can find a need to match your availability and skills.
Are you a “people person?” You might enjoy welcoming visitors when the Museum is open. Are you more reserved and “bookish?” The Museum has a backlog of documents and artifacts that need to be cataloged, photographed, and researched. Handy? There’s always something that needs fixing.
2. Contribute Your Money
Despite the best efforts of our volunteers, some things just do cost money. There are utility costs, software, office supplies, and a 170-year-old building can be very demanding. Your donation, in whatever amount, goes directly toward funding the mission of the Little Red Shop Museum — preserving our history, together. If you believe in that mission, but aren’t inclined to volunteer, a donation is a most-welcome way to show your support.
3. Contribute Your Items
The Little Red Shop Museum tells the story of Hopedale through the artifacts left behind by those who came before. Do you have a piece of Hopedale history gathering dust in your attic, basement, or filing cabinet? Whether you want to donate an item(s) to the Museum, or just loan something to be put on display, we’ll take care of all the necessary paperwork, and make sure your items are treated as the historical artifacts that they represent.
4. Contribute Your Stories
The story of Hopedale is made up of the stories of her citizens, past and present. The artifacts in our collection tell part of that story, but sometimes the stories and the artifacts become separated. More so than any artifact, our long-time residents are our greatest treasures. Do you have stories of Hopedale’s past? Stop by the Museum, pull up a chair, and share your story. You’ll find more than a few eager listeners, and you’ll be passing on your knowledge to future generations.