Well, the blog took a bit of a hiatus for a few months and I apologize for that. Things have been so wonderfully busy and active around the museum, the blog definitely fell down the priority list. With the new year, however, I’m very ready to get this thing rolling once more!
Last year’s fall and December programming was a big hit! We hosted a Ghost Hunt fundraiser, which sold out very quickly. Along with that, we began our History Happy Hour lecture series, which brought in some of the largest, non-Christmas related, crowds the Whaley House has seen! It was so rewarding to see this program take off and to see so many people enjoy it!
And then there was Christmas. What can I saw about this Christmas at Whaley House, except that it was a wonderful insanity. We doubled attendance at the museum and drew in a news crew! Our exhibit “A Walk Through the Pages: A Christmas Carol” saw each bedroom decorated to represent a character from Dickens’s classic novel. It was such a wonderful month and I was so happy to be able to share it with so many people.
This year I have a lot planned for the Whaley House! We will continue our History Happy Hour program, which I am excited about. We are also partnering with Flint Handmade to start a workshop series on quilting! The workshop will meet every other month for the entire year starting in February. Participants will learn how to quilt using the English Paper Piecing method. All of the wrinkles aren’t quite ironed out yet, but I should have more for you soon. And I’m most excited to reveal our “Flint in Photos” exhibit that will run this summer. Not only will we be displaying a large array of images from our own archives, but we will be asking the public to share copies of their images that show Flint throughout its vibrant history. We want everything! If you have a daguerreotype from 1870, great! If you have a picture of last year’s Back to the Bricks event, we’ll take it! Well, we’ll take a copy of it, anyways. I will also be thinking of ways to spice up our October and December programming again this year!
As you can see we have a lot planned, so keep your eyes on our blog, website and Facebook page for the release of the official 2015 lineup! We hope to see you around the museum!