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Beginning Saturday, September 7, Kingman Museum will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Museum staff will be available Tuesdays-Fridays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for business inquiries and scheduled programs. Please call (269) 965-5117 for more information.
May 2013: Big Changes Coming to Kingman Museum
In the past few years, Kingman Museum has seen many changes –from staff to events and everything in between. Like many nonprofits in recent years, it has faced seemingly impossible difficulties. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of its dedicated part-time staff and the selflessness of its volunteers, donors, and members, Kingman Museum is picking itself up and putting its pieces back together.
In the past year alone, Kingman has expanded its hours from just Saturdays to include Sundays. Our staff is available Tuesday-Friday to take calls, fill memberships, and provide private programs and tours for scheduled groups. Our goal is to improve and expand our standing in the Battle Creek community through increased outreach, programs, and events.
Currently, staff and volunteers at the museum are starting a handful of small renovations and added exhibits. The outdated polar bear and musk ox exhibit is in the process of modernization. We have removed the faux ice and replaced it with a simple and sleek wooden platform and railing. The next phase of this project will be redoing the seats surrounding the exhibit to match the platform. This project was made possible by the skillfulness of our volunteers and the generous donations made in Dr. Comai’s honor.
The lower level of Kingman Museum is also seeing some changes. We opened the Special Exhibits area this fall as a multipurpose room for programs, meetings, and displays. In June, we will open a brand new exhibit on Native Americans. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi is collaborating with the museum for this project.
These improvements would not be possible without the invaluable support of the Battle Creek community. But we still have more to do and we need your help! To donate to the museum, become a volunteer, or for answers to any questions you might have, please call us at (269) 965-5117 or email Jamie Schiltz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Genesis of A NEW Kingman Museum
NEW MEZZANINE & EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN! - See
below for pics.
Welcome. This section is dedicated to chronicling the creation
of new spaces at Kingman Museum. Here we will document changes
taking place throughout the museum. We will take you back a few years
to what once was, show you how far we have come to date, and show
you plans for what will be with continued community support.
New things are happening at YOUR Kingman Museum. Please excuse
our messes as renovations occur. We are receiving monies from
various organizations and individuals to update our infrastructure
and to design and install new exhibitions on natural history, the
universe, and world cultures. We appreciate your patience and
welcome your support.
Over the next 18 months, you will see a
great deal of change here at Kingman Museum supported by donations
and grants from the following: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek
Community Foundation, Battle Creek Community Foundation- Hunter Fund,
Southwest Michigan Rehab Foundation, Guido A. & Elizabeth H.
Binda Foundation, Miller Foundation, Society of Exploration Geophysicists,
Schweitzer Construction, Union Electric, Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic, Larry
Sehy and family, Frank and John Zanetti, Barbara Porter, and Sally
Turner, to name a few.
More funding is needed to complete the
renovations, new exhibitions, and accompanying programming. Naming
opportunities are available. You
can be a part of these projects with an investment of only $100. Gather
your family or talk to your community service group about sponsoring
a portion of our new exhibitions. Maybe you would like to
sponsor the restoration of a mounted animal such as Barbara Porter
has for the Speke’s Gazelle, sponsor a drawer in one of the
permanent exhibitions like Sally Turner has, or sponsor an entire
exhibit like the Sehy Family. Opportunities abound. Contact
Jamie Schiltz at 269-965-5117 or email@example.com. See
our current sponsor list here
We appreciate the continue support of the SW Michigan Building Trades:
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts #9
IBEW Local #445
Insulators Heat & Frost #47
Iron Worker local #340
Painters and Glaziers #312
UA Plumbers & Pipe Fitters #333 & 357
Thank you to our Programs Committee and Exhibitions Committee members
and other volunteers involved in these projects. If you would
like to volunteer, contact Jamie Schiltz at 269-965-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO GALLERY OF RENOVATION PROGRESS
Check out our Facebook albums for renovation and new
Installation | Finishing | New Exhibits