The City of Aberdeen’s Board of Museum and History held their first meeting since the Armory Fire. The meeting was held on Tuesday, September 4that 7:30 p.m. The Mayor’s appointments to the Board include: Les Bolton, John Shaw, Michael Schmidt, Jamie Brand, Randy Beerbower, George Donovan, Don Lentz and councilman Jeff Cook. The appointment terms vary from 1 year to 3 years as set by Aberdeen Municipal Code.
Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson opened the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and giving direction to the Board. The Mayor stated that, “This is an opportunity to set goals and priorities to guide what the board would like to see a Museum look like. This board will be a part of history.”
Les Bolton was elected as Chair of the Board, and John Shaw was elected Vice Chair of the Board. The Board spent time discussing the future of the Museum, establishing a mission to guide the collections policy, review of the role of the Museum and History Board, the relationship with the Friends of the Aberdeen Museum, and forming ad-hoc committees to begin research on museum trainings and collections management policy.
Members of the Friends of the Aberdeen Museum were in attendance, along with several community members and curator Dave Morris. Les Bolton told the Friends that have a group like theirs is important and he looks forward to working together.
The Aberdeen Board of Museum and History meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Aberdeen City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.