The Wyannie Malone Hope Town Museum Board is pleased and excited to announce their merger with the Ebb Tide Gift Shop has paid off to the tune of $14,948.66.
Half of this increase is due to the 174% increase in admissions, the other half from rent and utility payments.
Admissions collected for the year 2013 totaled $4,292.00 in 2014 admissions rose to $11,778.00, an increase of $7,486.00. The Museum was open 254 days. The Board is ever grateful to the volunteers who opened the Museum’s front door for 142 of those days.
Debbie and Lucille, who work in Ebb Tide, opened the Museum 112 days. They are not paid by the Museum – they donate their time as part of the merger arrangement. If the Museum were to pay someone to sit at the desk on the days they don’t have a volunteer this would have cost us a minimum of $5,644.80 in 2014.
Also in 2014, the Museum Board hired Deb “Dp” Patterson to work as a part-time Secretary/Curator. Her mandate is to get the Museum on a firm financial footing.
Projects completed last year include the accounting work going into Quick Books and being passed to a chartered accountant. An appraisal of the building/property is in the works.
Deb has also written and published two Newsletters. She also opened a new pirate exhibit at Thanksgiving.
A brand new website and facebook page have also attracted new publicity. As, a result of having a Secretary/Curator present, the Museum has attracted three new partnerships: The first with Mike Niemi and the Abaco Heritage Trust, the second with Jerry Carter who found a bell from a wreck on the beach behind Hope Town, and the third with Gill Hoffs – an author who is researching for a book about a wreck in 1853 that involves Captain Robert Sands from Hope Town.
You can read more about these stories on their website www.hopetownmuseum.com, just click the link on the Home Page, “Recent Events”. If you love history and would like to help the Museum in pursuit of these projects please consider becoming a member or sending in a donation. Find them on Facebook for daily posts.