We have much to celebrate when we have our "First Year Anniversary" on Saturday, November 23!
The "party" will be an Open House from 1:00--3:00. We will have birthday cake, coffee and punch --no ice cream unless we manage to get a fridge by that time! Ha!
Christmas candles and other decorations will be in place, so come meet Linthead Friends and help us Celebrate!
With all our Donors, Volunteers, Business partners, we have created a dynamic team! Here are some of the things we will be celebrating:---Our friends at Guardian Fence Suppliers assisted with installation allowing a more secure environment for the museum when elementary school studentgroups come for field studies.
---With a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC we created a Curriculum Packet that connects our content to the new 2020 SC Curriculum Standards. This document is posted on our web site for educators to plan and schedule student groups to visit.
---Materials donations from Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia provided dry wall and bead board to rehabilitate the museum interior.
---Gateway Supply provided plumbing fixtures.
---Columbia/ Richland Sertoma Clubs and We Are Olympia funded development of our OMV Museum Archives.
---Social Media posts occur every week on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also see lists of our Sustaining Donors for every year.
---Lindau Chemicals has provided consistent grants to our Reserve Fund every year.
---Vulcan Materials assisted with our parking lot. They provided labor and tons of rocks along with donations of concrete for our ADA parking.
---Grants from Richland County Council’s Hospitality TaxFY 20, with help from Council Members Allison Terracio and Dahli Myers, will complete the driveway and finish the Olympia School Annex.
---We work closely with the We Are Olympia Neighborhood organization to address community concerns and sponsor neighborhood Fight Blight programs.
---We are also communicating with USC’s Community Outreach to educate students of our mission. In 2019 we sponsored three USC Student Volunteer activities.
---We are partnering with CCA @701 Whaley on the Mill Village Art Trail.
Next . . .
We need to repaint the exterior of the museum house, which is peeling badly. Two estimates on the cost of removing the old paint, treating the exposed wood, and applying two coats of paint range from $15,000--$16,800. This is a hefty price.
We started a fall fundraising campaign to raise this money. We are reaching out to our donor base to help us ra$15,000 to complete the “building” phase of the museum and move toward Implementation of our strategic plan in 2020.
The Olympia Museum and Community Space is the beating heart of the Olympia Mill Village. It is a meeting place for groups and a gathering place to sit and reminisce about the good old days. YOU are a big part of what keeps us going. Thank you for what you do to continue helping keep this heritage alive. Come see us soon!
WE ARE OLYMPIA STRONG!