Quilts, Cookies and Volunteers: Museum Open House Success

The lights were on, the doors unlocked and the exhibit floor revealed Tuesday night at the Deer Creek Museum’s open house. This kick off to the museum’s summer season brought in guests old and new, enthusiastic volunteers and even a couple of members of the Pony Express reride. Best of all everyone was there willing to work.

Finding volunteers in Glenrock can be a struggle with everyone involved and committed to multiple projects. This made Tuesday’s turnout even more of a surprise. Since the death of the Museum’s previous Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Davis, the system and schedule were going nowhere. Then board member Linda Allen took over the role and put things back on track. And the cookie pot luck certainly didn’t do any harm.

As Allen coordinated cookie plates and summer schedules, new volunteer Adele Young met with the creative crafters and artists. The ladies with hand made note cards and hand stitched children’s clothes, aprons and bonnets were there to place their items in the museum’s new gift shop. With a consignment system and a ‘made in Glenrock’ rule, Young quickly filled the empty shelves of the newly painted space. That’s not to say there isn’t room for more.

At the back of the museum Kim Cain and Rick Bretton of the Pony Express Reride Association discussed the empty space designated for their exhibit. The back corner of the museum will house a new Pony Express and Pony Express Reride exhibit with a focus on local members and local involvement in the group. With the removal of the altar area, additional room exists for the Pony Express Reride Association’s mochila or mail carrier. The mochila will be the only hands on exhibit in the museum this summer. This is the time to order a Pony Express letter for the annual reride coming up in June.

As the riders discussed wall space and saddle stands, board member Rick Davis erected the new fundraiser quilt at the back of the museum. The Pony Express themed quilt was created by Barb Davis and donated to the museum to help raise much needed preservation funds.

Visitors milled about the museum brainstorming money saving, space creating and fund raising ideas. Donated covered wagons and the possibility of a new Glenrock Mormon history exhibit were just a couple of the many ideas the coffee, cookies and community spirit created.

With a new gift shop and a summer lecture series, the Deer Creek Museum continues to improve and expand its devotion to local social history. The Deer Creek Museum will open the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 28, 2011). Summer hours are Friday through Tuesday 10 A.M. To 4 P.M. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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