No wonder their hours have been cut as very few people even know it is there. Hardly worth the effort to exist now.
if you live there and seen it already, no sense of going back. Even though people donate their time to sit and operate, there are still insurance costs, maintenance and taxes to be paid if not mistaken. Join forces and make it a really nice and interesting place people will want to visit again and again.
Old Scout wrote:I guess bigtedybear isn't interested in helping !
Also, I checked and the Merrill museum which is larger and better financed is only open Tues. - Fri. from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. so I guess our hours aren't so bad.
ote]Old Scout wrote:No wonder their hours have been cut as very few people even know it is there. Hardly worth the effort to exist now.
In regards to the hours being cut, the prime reason is the lack of volunteers to act as greeters at the museum. With two museum buildings if we are open from 11:00 to 3:00 we need four volunteer greeters to be at the two buildings. To add hours we would need two more each day. Many of the members and volunteers are getting older, and all of us have busy lives that interfere with volunteer time. With the museums being open for 12 weeks during the summer and 4 days a week that means we have to schedule greeters for 192 shifts. On the average each greeter works 2 shifts each summer and some more than 2, which means we need at least 96 volunteer greeters. As you can imagine coming up with that many people to volunteer their time and get it scheduled in advance is a daunting job. We are always looking for more people to help.
As to being worth the effort to exist, how do we put a value on the history of our community ?
Imagine all the history and information about Tomahawk and the surrounding area that would be lost forever if we did not preserve it. Just the books and documents alone that we have on display are worth the effort. It is a shame that more people in Tomahawk aren't aware of the museums and willing to get involved but apparently they are either not aware of the history of the area or just don't care. Either way to lose it would be to lose what we are and where we came from.
Perhaps you would be willing to help us out, we can always use another member.
Even if you are not interested in being a volunteer greeter, we can always use help in taking care of the buildings, setting up displays, publicity or special events. What ever you would be interested in doing, as every little bit of help is valuable to a group such as ours.
Check out the Tomahawk Area Historical web site for information and contacts and we will be happy to include you as a member and a volunteer greeter. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Tomahawk Area Historical Society I look forward to hearing from you.
http://tomahawkhistoricalsoc.org/home[/quRenee class of '80 wrote:I didn't mention anything about putting it in Merrill. It is really about education and history of the Tomahawk area, what difference does it make where it goes as long as people go and see it and make it in a place people have access to and visit, and want to go to over and over again? Advertise it! Place signs up so people know it is there! Old Scout says the people of Tomahawk do not even know it exists, or where it is, so sounds like a local problem to me. Just curious of how many people walk through the doors on the days they are open, and how many are from Tomahawk vs vacationers.
I am pretty sure if every Tomahawk resident has seen it once or twice, they are not going again unless you have seasonal exhibits and something new to offer them more than once a year. Merrill could bring their museum to Tomahawk, Tomahawk has the Fall ride, the Pow Wow days and some other events which bring a lot of people to the area, which Merrill doesn't. If a larger, more attractive museum located in Tomahawk that would incorporate more of the area's history, I believe it would have more to offer the visitors, bring in more tourists for something to do, I don't see a problem with it. I think it would be fascinating to see the differences between Merrill, Tomahawk, Tripoli ,Harrison, Irma, Spirit Falls, Gleason to name a few, and the exhibits could be changed up more frequently. I believe Tomahawk, is a better tourist destination than Merrill for it's fishing, hunting and other things going on, why not expand to what you have and advertise it and place signs up to draw people to it?. What does Merrill have, the fair, as far as bringing in tourists? As they say, it's all location, location, location.
Renee class of '80 wrote: I think the worst thing that happened to Tomahawk was the 1983 bypass
Hey Old Scout I am a volunteer.
I think the worst thing that happened to Tomahawk was the 1983 bypass. Before then, and the way I remember Tomahawk, all traffic went right through downtown. People stopped to eat lunch, take a break to stretch their legs, gas up the car, now, if they are heading north, they just skip it completely.
Renee class of '80 wrote:I agree Kerry,
I think the worst thing that happened to Tomahawk was the 1983 bypass...Here is a DOT website, and the follow up doesn't even have them looking into the tourist or economic impact to Tomahawk.
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/library/pu ... bypass.pdf
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