This past weekend, I had to joy of attending the North Carolina Museums Council Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC. This meeting, entitled “Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Community Relations,” provided invaluable resources, ideas, and other museum experiences that I fully plan to implement at the Wayne County Museum.
Our first meeting day encompassed behind-the-scenes tours of many of Wilmington’s museums and historic places; I toured the Burgwin-Wright House, Cape Fear Museum, and the Bellamy Mansion Museum taking pictures along the way to share with my colleagues upon my return. (And I snuck away to the Wilmington Railroad Museum before returning to Goldsboro!) I had many opportunities to network with museum professionals from across North Carolina and enjoyed several seminars on how best to represent our under-represented communities within our museum’s exhibits, programs, and collections.
After pages of note taking later, I have several ideas that I am ready to implement at the Wayne County Museum and I hope the community will get involved, as this museum meets current operating standards within every aspect of the building. Some of these ideas include: bilingual brochures and exhibit text, the creation of our very own “First Friday” monthly event, incorporating a “kids zone” in our exhibit space, forming advisory boards to represent our diverse community groups, designing “pop-up” museums, and much, much more!
Time to get started!
Executive Director of the Wayne County Museum