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This week I wanted to talk to you all about a great chance to volunteer! I most likely sound like a broken record by now, but Hometown Heritage has moved our office to the Carnegie Library Museum. As part of this move, we are trying to ensure that the Carnegie is open every day, aside from holidays, for people to tour and enjoy! In order to accomplish this goal, we need volunteers for Saturday and Sunday (I am staffing the building during the week) to keep the building open, give tours, and answer any questions people may have. Each volunteer only has one two-hour shift per month. On Saturday, there is a shift from 12 to 2 and from 2 to 4. On Sunday, there is only one shift from 1 to 3. Generally, the volunteers are asked to staff the same shift each month. For example, one volunteer has volunteered to staff the Carnegie from 12 to 2 every third Saturday of each month (excluding holidays). While this may seem like a big commitment, there are back-up volunteers and other people you can call if you sign up for a shift and when the day comes you find that you cannot make it that day.
As of this blog post, we need volunteers for both the 12 to 2 and 2 to 4 shifts on the first and second Saturday of each month, and the 1 to 3 shift on the first Sunday of each month. If you are concerned about giving tours or answering questions, we have a binder full of materials here at the Carnegie to prepare you, and two folders of tour guides that are easy to follow. We hope that some of you are interested in helping us keep the Carnegie Library Museum open so more people can enjoy the great collections and respectful restoration. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 515-465-7713 during business hours (9-5 Monday to Friday) or send an email to email@example.com!
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As part of our move to the Carnegie Library Museum, I thought I would make today’s blog post about the Carnegie Library itself! As many of you may know, the Carnegie Library was the only library in Perry until the mid-1990s, when the current Public Library was constructed (due to the need to comply with fire safety laws). However, how many of you remember what the Carnegie looked like before it was restored?
For instance, the picture you see here is the old front door of the library! Unlike the restored door, the original door was only one door, and featured glass on either side. The only thing that remained for the restored door is the glass work above the door itself. Aside from the door, many of the other restorations are faithful to the original Carnegie. Objects such as the tables, chairs, and fireplace all were respectfully restored to preserve the look and feel of the original library. In fact, the tables even have the original etchings in them, as they were only refinished! There are also a few pictures around that show the original layout of the library. Perhaps some of the most interesting objects in the Carnegie are a few things that were original to the Carnegie library, but to find out what they are, you’ll have to come get a tour of the Carnegie yourself!
Another interesting part about the restoration of the Carnegie involves the floors. There are three different kinds of floors that can be found in the Carnegie: wood, tile, and cork. All of these floors were modeled after the floors in the original building, and they all hold an interesting little tidbit. For example, there are both square and hexagon tiles in the building, but what is the significance behind that? Come tour the Carnegie Library Museum to find out! As with our previous office, we are open from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, so come by any time you are free to have a tour and learn for yourself about the Carnegie Library Museum!
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I wanted to take this time to tell you of the great event we are holding this Friday, October 21. This Friday Hometown Heritage is hosting a trivia night! The night will start at 6:30 P.M. in the Hotel Pattee Ballroom. The trivia will be done in four rounds, with the topics of Drinks, Sports, Perry History, and Art. Each table will be a team, and so far, there are eight teams! Even if you do not have a team already, you can simply join a team at any of the tables. At the start of the night, we will be selling four mulligans for $5, with the proceeds supporting Hometown Heritage. These mulligans can be used once per round to allow your team to skip a question but still get the point.
Trivia is not the only thing that will be happening on Friday night. The Hotel Pattee will be selling Craft Beer and light appetizers for everyone to enjoy during the trivia. A musician will also be there, to provide live entertainment. A short tour of the Gary Ernest Smith art will be given during the intermission as well! This tour even provide hints to some of the answers during the Art round of the trivia. Overall, the night promises to be full of food, friends, and fun. I hope to see you all there!
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Today I want to take the time and tell you about the Art Tour Odd # Thursday #4 event that we are holding tomorrow. This time, Adrienne Gennett from Brunnier Art Museum in Ames will be here in Perry! This is a great chance to meet one of the driving forces behind the Gary Ernest Smith Exhibition. In fact, she was instrumental in the hanging of many of the pictures in the Town Craft building and the Security Savings Bank. If you ever had any questions about hanging art, putting on an exhibit, or something similar, this is the perfect chance to ask them! The afternoon will start at the Hotel Pattee, at the table behind the fireplace near the Canning painting at 4:30 P.M. There will be time to talk with Adrienne, and afterwards she will lead some tours of the Exhibition. These tours will be different from previous tours, as she will be lending her on perspective on all the art. The afternoon will then conclude at 6:30 P.M. I hope to see all of you there!
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Today I want to let you all know that the Gary Ernest Smith Exhibition opens next week! Here at Hometown Heritage we have been hard at work setting up all the paintings and planning the events that we will hold during the exhibition. In fact, our first event is coming up next week, coinciding with the official opening!
Next week, on August 23, we will be holding an Opening Reception for the Exhibit. The event will take place at the Hotel Pattee, starting at 4:30 P.M. It lasts until 6:30. Some of you may be worried that you will miss the event, since it starts at 4:30, but do not worry! You can come at any time and will not miss anything. The night will be an introduction to the Exhibit, with introductory tours of the art throughout the night. There will also be a second round of introductory tours on Thursday, September 1st at the same time and place. We will also be selling books about Gary Ernest Smith at this and future events for $15. These books are centered on the Gary Ernest Smith’s life and art. Limited amounts of copies are available, so get one while you can! I encourage you all to come and take in the works of Gary Ernest Smith!
For more information about other events during the Exhibit, follow us on Facebook and check back, as updates will be posted regularly. For a complete schedule of events and downloadable .jpg, click here. I hope to see you all at the event on August 23!
I have some exciting news for you all! Have you ever walked around the Hotel Pattee, taking in all the great works of art on the wall, and wanted to know more about them? Now you can!
I am happy to tell you all that the QR Code Tour is up and running in the Hotel Pattee. This may be a bit of old news to many, since it was up during Art on the Prairie a few weeks ago. I would have told you about it then, but we were busy setting up things here at the office for the event. Still, to those of you who have not heard about it, now you have, and can experience it!
The tour is a great opportunity to learn about some of the art in the Hotel Pattee. All you need is a smart phone, a QR code scanning app, and some free time. To start, simply go to the front desk of the Hotel, there are some more instructions and a map near the Alley Oop statue. From there, you can go to each of the codes in order or just go right to the ones that you are interested in. On each code is usually a picture of the art and a short audio, narrated by John Patrick Perdue, which will give you more information, ranging from why the artist made the piece to the techniques that were used. In all, you can scan about 23 codes. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the art at the Hotel, and about Soumas Court. If you have free time, please take the tour!