The Charlemont Historical Society museum will continue to be open on Tuesday mornings (9:00am – noon) and Friday afternoons (noon – 3:00pm) this month. Starting on June 9, we also will be open on Thursday evenings (5:30pm – 7:00pm).
If you would like to visit the museum at another time, please contact us. We would be happy to open the museum by appointment.
The Charlemont Historical Society’s Board of Directors meet once a month. The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18, 9:00am at 157 Main Street (Town Hall), Charlemont.
Although this meeting is for board members, others with an interest in the Society are more than welcome to attend. We will be discussing our application for nonprofit status, getting ready for the December 5 Hobby Horse Bazaar, planning upcoming events, and creating an electronic inventory of the collection. Please join us!
The Charlemont Historical Society lost its nonprofit status last year — something that happens automatically when annual reports are not filed for a few years with the IRS. Unfortunately, it is very common for small nonprofits, including historical societies, to face this problem. Membership and volunteer numbers dwindle until hardly anyone is left to run the organization.
The society has a wonderful collection, however, and a group of us who want to the organization to survive — and to thrive — has been working on ways to get it going again.
To that end, we held an open house at the CHS museum last weekend. Our hope was to find some new volunteers who would like to help move the historical society forward at this time of transition. We left feeling hopeful about the society’s future. We are now working on applying for nonprofit status again. Above all, we want to set up a sustainable organization that will be able to share the fascinating history of Charlemont well into the future.
We are looking for people who are interested in local history and who want to help out on the operations side of a nonprofit. Right now, we are drafting bylaws and a collection management policy, inventorying the collection, working on a strategic plan, and setting up some fun events for next year.
Would you like to help? If so, please send us an email at info @ charlemonthistoricalsociety.org. We would love to hear from you.
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