The Union County Museum Society held its annual meeting Friday, October 10, in the Little White Church, across the street from the museum in Union. The guest speaker was Walter Brookshire, pharmacist and owner of Union Drug Store. He gave an interesting talk about the history of pharmacies and pharmaceuticals and the role 20th century drug stores played in communities. Brookshire enlarged the role Union Drug Store plays in the community of Union a couple of years ago when he built an extension on the building and added an old-fashioned soda fountain and cafe.
The annual meeting included a brief recap of the season, re-election of two directors to the board and approval of the 2015 budget.
There was an opportunity for the public to provide ideas, comments and suggestions concerning the museum, its collection and operations. The museum society board of directors included the suggestions in discussion when they met for their annual retreat the following morning and is always interested in what county residents know and like about the museum and what they would like to see in the museum’s future.
“The museum is always looking for ways to increase attendance, upgrade our operations and build our membership,” said Sharon Hohstadt, board president. “We have had a great year. Now is the time to ask, ‘What are we doing well, and what could we do differently to attract more participation from county citizens?’”
Hohstadt said the board would also like to see more young people getting involved with preserving and presenting the history of Union County.
“We’d like to know what interests the younger generations when it comes to area history,” said Hohstadt. “Do they know and enjoy the stories of our past? How can we engage them in museum activities? The future of our and all museums depends upon answering these questions.”
The museum is closed for winter, opening again Mother’s Day, 2015.
The museum board asks you to consider joining the Union County Museum Society to support the collection, preservation and presentation of our area’s history. Individual membership is just $10 a year; you can be a Patron for just $50 a year. Visitors from around the world give the museum very high praise for the quality of exhibits and the depth of the collection.