Did you know that the Whaley House has a membership program? Like many cultural institutions we gain a lot of support from individuals purchasing museum memberships. This support is, in part, financial, but there is another element to it. By becoming a museum member, we feel our network grow. We like to think that, as a member you love sharing our story, events, and mission with others in the community. If we’re hosting a History happy Hour, we hope you’ll recommend it to friends. If we’re running a fundraiser, we hope that you’ll convince others to donate by expressing the passion that you have for our cause. When issues come to local government that affect historic districts, sites, or arts and culture funding, maybe you’ll think of how that could in turn touch the Whaley House and consider that in your opinion on the matter. Additionally, just knowing that there are people out there who see our organization as worthy of support helps us push through and continue on our path.
In return for the support, members receive special benefits from the museum. There are free and discounted admissions, special members-only events, newsletters to make sure you know EVERYTHING that’s going on at the museum, and passes so you can bring friends. You can see all of the member levels and benefits here. Some of you may be wondering what membership to a closed museum would do for you, but we have a full lineup of programs for 2017 that members will receive discounts on. You’ll save $15 on tickets for the Whaley Dinner Club and additional discounts on our Mother’s Day Tea we are planning with Flint Handmade. There are also other programming ideas starting to form in our creative, history-loving minds. Additionally, your newsletter will keep you up to date during the restoration process and you’ll be invited to our Members Reception in December. And, as I said, membership let’s us know that you are like what we’re doing and that we’re on the proper course. We have done something worthy of earning your support.
This brings me to my final point…
Our Members Reception is coming! This event is one of my favorites, because it allows us to thank our members and unveil our Christmas decorations for the first time. This year, our reception will take place at the McFarlan Home, which was started in the Whaley House by a bequest made by Mary Whaley herself. There will be delicious food and drinks, prepared by Chef Jason Botz, fun activities, and updates on our restoration and 2017 programs. If you are a current member, we hope to see you. If you are interested in becoming a member you can contact the museum at (810) 471-4714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you out. Now through December 1 we will be running a special and any membership purchase of $30 or more will receive a $10 discount! Please consider joining like-minded individuals in the preservation of one of our city’s landmarks and our mission to inspire historical inquiry in our community.