On May 19, 1978, Historic Paris-Bourbon County signed its Articles of Incorporation. During the formative years of HPBC, members worked on the publication of Historic Architecture of Bourbon County, Kentucky, published in 1985 and a seminal record of early Bourbon County architecture. HPBC also promoted historic preservation education and advocacy through house tours, lectures, historical events and workshops. Following a gift from the City of Paris of a 1908 Post Office building, Hopewell Museum was founded in 1994 as a committee of Historic Paris-Bourbon County, Inc. Housed in this 1910 City of Paris Post Office a building that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, a lead grant from Save America's Treasures helped fund a $750,000 renovation project in 2003-2004.
In 2007, the boards of HPBC and Hopewell Museum combined their operations to better serve the geographic region of Bourbon County and its neighboring Kentucky counties along with traveling visitors.
Currently, the Museum features changing exhibits on the art and history of Bourbon County and Central Kentucky. Also in the museum, the Mary Spears Van Meter Learning Center features Long Ago in Bourbon County which offers activity spaces for children ages 5-11 to experience the small town life one hundred years ago. The community/education room provides a venue for the display of local work of elementary students. This room also serves as art workshop space for visiting school groups and workshop space for adult preservation and restoration workshops.
In 2015, HPBC/Hopewell Museum welcomed 5,452 visitors who came to learn about the specific history of Bourbon County; the culture and art of Central Kentucky and the way to preserve and use the art and architecture of the past.
2016 was a rewarding year in which we continued some old traditions and hopefully started some new ones! We developed a new program early in the year – “First Saturdays” which brings arts and crafts to the children of the community. Our first exhibit of the year, Heart of a Town: Main Streets of Bourbon County, was a great success and brought back many memories. This was followed by Black History Month, when Dr. Karen Cotton McDaniel presented “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.” We received a generous donation from EnovaPremier which allowed us to sponsor a bus trip to the Freedom Museum for Paris 5th graders. We hope to make this an annual pilgrimage. We participated in the spring Paris Artwalk, held a re-dedication of the James Garrard grave site at Mt. Lebanon, and had a great Derby Party at McConnell’s Auction Center with Caught Red Handed providing the entertainment. Our 2nd exhibit, Bluegrass and Beyond: Bobby Shiflet’s Photography, provided an opportunity to display Bobby’s fantastic works and allowed us to show our appreciation for what he does for HPBC and the community. We took a field trip to the Speed Museum in Louisville, had a Photography Camp, and hosted the annual Mary Spears Van Meter Dinner. Our 3rd exhibit of the year was the 15th annual Creative Harvest exhibit, partnering with Stoner Creek Arts to show off our local artistic talent. For the first time we had 3 entrants from our local high schools. We then held a walking tour of Paris Cemetery, the Annual Soup and Membership Supper and closed out the year with our Santa and Christmas events. We continue to attract visitors to our community. We had over 3000 visitors in 2016 including 1000 students.
We extend a heartfelt thanks to those wonderful folks who have opened their historic homes, gardens, and facilities to us in the past. We so enjoy the fact that you have seen fit to renovate these wonderful buildings and then made the special effort to share them with the community!!! This past year, we had a spring open house at the “Lyle House” with Charles Bolton and Shirley Bolton. In the fall we helped Cary & Elizabeth Barr celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Albemarle.”
Kentucky Historical Society was gracious in presenting HPBC an award for our 2015 exhibit Paris Schools: 150 Years of Academic Excellence. The award was accepted in the Old State Capital building in Frankfort on November 11th by Doris McFarland and Ken Bicknell.
We look forward to seeing you at the museum!
During 2013, HPBC/Hopewell Museum developed a five year Strategic Plan with a vision statement that sets forth our goal for intended impact and long term success. The vision statement reads: HPBC/Hopewell Museum will form partnerships to create, enhance and diversify its programs so as to build its membership and the financial capacity to continue being a leader in history, art and preservation.
We currently address the need for education in art, history and preservation through exhibits and in-house and outreach education. We provide public school and afterschool art education and adult preservation education. To reach underserved community groups we partner with the Paris Bourbon County Library, the Paris Rotary Club, the Family Resource Centers and the Paris Bourbon County YMCA to offer opportunities for exploration. We extend free family admission to the museum and invite hands-on learning for all ages in our Long Ago In Bourbon County Learning Center.
Our long term goals impact our community, provide a framework for development, and support our strategic plan vision statement. They are:
Goal 1: Create, enhance and diversify programs/activities so as to build the membership and the recognition of HPBC/Hopewell Museum
· Goal 2: Continue to be a strong advocate for historic preservation in the county and the region
· Goal 3: Maintain the functional capability of current and future facilities as an example of historic preservation for the community and the region
· Goal 4: Strengthen the financial capacity of the organization to be sustainable over time
· Goal 5: Strengthen the Board structure and processes to more efficiently and effectively accomplish the mission and strategic goals of HPBC/Hopewell Museum
Our strategies for making our long term goals a reality are rooted in our current activities and will strengthen as we plan for future success. Our strategic planning objectives have a time frame, list the resources needed, and the Board actions to accomplish these objectives.
· Goal 1: Create, enhance and diversify programs/activities so as to build the membership and the recognition of HPBC/Hopewell Museum
This goal starts with our current programming that partners with the community in art education and historic preservation; provides member benefits and reciprocals to over 900 museums around the country; These tasks are accomplished with a core of volunteers that maintains a rotating calendar of art and history exhibits. It also challenges us to connect further with our community audiences for partnerships and outreach opportunities while taking advantage of a new HPBC/Hopewell Museum brand and marketing logo. It tasks the Board to use ad hoc and existing committee structures to set short term goals for accomplishment. This plan is currently being implemented through Board directives and committee formation.
The ability to carry out our long term goals depends on our capabilities for completing our strategic plan objectives. Our organization’s strongest resource is our volunteer base. With 75+ volunteers who create events and exhibits, seek funding from individuals and businesses, provide education resources and financial support, our capabilities can stretch to meet both short and long term goals. Our core assets also include a full time staff person and members who are well-known experts in archaeology, literature, antiques and appraisals, renovation of historic structures, human resources, engineering and event planning.
To meet future needs, these two goals from our strategic plan offer challenges for our volunteers:
· Goal 3. Maintain the functional capability of current and future facilities as an example of historic preservation for the community and the region
These goals call for additional effort in communicating with the community the importance of historic preservation as a component of cultural and heritage tourism. We will expand our current county recognition program and ask the city and county to join with us in focusing on the need for historic preservation. As a parallel example of historic preservation, our 1908 historic structure needs extensive preservation care. With an active volunteer Historic Preservation Committee, these goals become an ongoing directive for implementation.
Our Strategic Plan includes concrete procedures for assessment. Each strategic goal includes a concise objective along with a time frame for Year 1, Year 2, or Year 3. It also lists the resources needed and the committee, ad hoc or permanent, that initiates the objective. The plan is easily accessible and will be updated annually by Board review to reflect the quantifiable goals and specific time frame that will lead toward our intended impact.
In 2017, we are beginning Year 4 of our Strategic Plan. These final goals of the plan will ensure our long-range success.
We have a very active Development Committee which has recently taken steps to strengthen our long-range endowment fund and continues to identify existing donors and funding sources. An objective for Goal 4 expands their role to include development of legacy materials in conjunction with nonprofit partners throughout the community. Other upcoming tasks include evaluating fundraising events and tightening our process for contacting potential donors.
An organization’s progress depends on the efficacy of the Board of Directors. The Board at HPBC/Hopewell Museum is made up of members who take their job and our HPBC/Hopewell Museum mission statement very seriously.
One of the Board’s objectives during our Strategic Planning process is to strengthen the work of the committees while using the talents and skills of specific board members to the fullest. Another component of board strengthening will be to review the bylaws and the strategic plan and revise as needed. Further tasks include a Board training program for new Board members that we implemented in 2016 and ongoing training for all board members.
The Board looks at the final years with our Strategic Plan as an opportunity to strengthen current programs, expand new opportunities and reach out for long rang programming success.
Our programs fall under the broad theme of education. We are an art, history and preservation organization where community education is both the goal of our activities and the tool used to spread information. Our preservation education includes publications on Bourbon County architecture, equine history, a catalog of Central KY Bybee pottery and, most recently, a book on private cemeteries in Bourbon County.
In the field of art and history education, we target area school systems, adults, and art organizations for workshops and exhibits.
As a small organization, the ability to provide flexible programming is a positive in meeting the needs of the community. Although major exhibits, programs and events are planned three years in advance, we can still quickly add requested programs in partnership with the local library or civic group. We can work with the city and county to draft preservation ordinances in the face of population pressure. We can readily adjust our student educational offerings to meet the needs of Kentucky’s changing educational core content.
The Board of Directors of HPBC/Hopewell Museum Board are unique in their dedication to and involvement in the organization. These Directors actually do assume a corporate responsibility for organizational funding. Challenging as it is to find ongoing supporters, the Directors have used a successful mixture of personal contact, planned asks and generous personal donations to meet the expanding needs of programming and facility upkeep.
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