Great things are happening at the museum! We have joined the AASLH (American Association for State and Local History). Secondly, we are starting the STEPS (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations) program, which will get the Blanco Pioneer Museum certified and compliant with standards set for museums. Recently we have started to send our volunteers to classes provided by the Texas Association of Museums and the Texas Historical Commission. These classes provide training on various aspects associated with the operations, volunteer training, financial and fundraising, and maintenance of the museum. We were acknowledged at one of the classes as having the best museum software available. We thank Mr. and Mrs. Allen Craft for their contribution to purchase the Past Perfect software.
The museum promised to promote other activities associated with the museum’s exhibits and to this end we will begin in August with three movies about three great battles fought during WWII. These are from "The American Road to Victory" series, which honors the service and sacrifice of American Troops in three of the wars' toughest campaigns. Please watch for future details about these movies and if you are a veteran you can get a free ticket for these movies!
One more activity scheduled for August by the Blanco Pioneer Museum is a book signing by author Jeffrey Kerr. Jeffrey Kerr has recently moved to the Blanco area and on August 28, 2012 will be talking about his books and signing the books that you purchase. This will happen at the Blanco Library from 5pm to 7pm with refreshments served by the sponsor, the Blanco Pioneer Museum. Mr. Kerr will also be generously donating part of the proceeds from the sale of his book to the museum!
Recently, we have been planning a new exhibit and, if everything goes according to plan, it will open in the early fall. For everyone who has loaned us artifacts from WWII, we will be contacting you for times to return your items. Please do not just come by the museum; this procedure has to be done orderly and all paper work completed properly. Linda Howard will be handling the return of all items to their owners and she will be phoning you starting in August.
Thank you for your support of the museum. Out of town visitors continuously marvel at how the people of Blanco County have supported this small museum and many cannot believe we get so many unique items to display, but we could not do it without you.