Those of you who follow the Carnegie Cultural Center are most likely aware that things are changing here. We are evolving from a full-time volunteer administrator (me)â€¦to a Â¾ time paid administrator (Jill)â€¦and a Â¾ time volunteer archivist (me). So what does that mean?
It means that Jill is working into having full responsibility for our Programs (Lego Club, ARTSAFARI, performances etc.), Temporary Exhibits, and administrative/executive tasks.
It means that I will be working mostly with our archival materialsâ€¦everything from organizing and indexing photos, maps etc. and conducting history- based programs to doing some long-overdue harvesting of oral histories.
Andâ€¦since a number of people have askedâ€¦it does not mean that John and I are moving (at least in the foreseeable future). It also does not meanâ€¦as some have suggestedâ€¦that I have a fatal disease (at least as far as I know), although my face lately looks like a mini-mine field due to treatment for some (non life-threatening) surface skin carcinoma.
Most importantly, it does mean that both Jill and I will be working hard to make the Carnegie Cultural Center a growing, vital resource for all residents and visitors of New Hamptonâ€¦and no matter which way you look at itâ€¦
â€¦ thatâ€™s a GOOD thing!
SINCE JAN. 1
Since my job focuses on looking back, Iâ€™ll share a brief look in the rear-view mirror with you before turning this newsletter over to Jill.
Our 2016 Temporary Exhibits agenda got off to a great start in February with a â€œTenge Traditionâ€ which featured the models/ imagination/fine craftsmanship/ technical skill and story of North Washington native son, Vince Tenge. Mr. Tenge is a pretty well known personality throughout the area, but his wonderful creationsâ€¦from farm models and a giant mousetrap to a â€œjigginâ€™ lady and a cannon that fires golf ballâ€¦ had not been seen by a large swath of the local populace. The exhibit included representative pieces of his work, but left viewers wanting to see more. And, believe me, there isâ€¦and continues to beâ€¦more to be seen. Just be sure to give him a call before you head in that direction! (At least I didnâ€™t hand out your address Vince!)
Serving as a venue to showcase the work of local people, to tell local stories and bring people together is at the heart of what the Cultural Center is all about. We encourage you to contact us with your suggestions for people, themes or stories that you would like to know more about.
We have long felt the need to â€œbondâ€ with and mutually support the efforts of other County agencies whose main goals and activities focus on the preservation, promotion, and dissemination of local history. To that end, the Cultural Center has hosted a couple meetings...the most recent in March of this yearâ€¦for a loosely organized group that we have named the â€œChickasaw County Historical Coalition.â€ During the get-together, representatives from the Cemetery Commission, the Genealogical Society, the Bradford Museum and the Carnegie shared information about their activities over the past year, their challenges and their goals and aspirations for the future. Perhaps one of the most important outcomes of the meeting has been recognizing the need to nurture an historic appreciation â€œethicâ€ and promote its importance to the broader public. To that end, we created a brochure that is updated annually with information about each agency. If you are interested in pursuing some aspect of local history, let us know and weâ€™ll send a brochure out to you. In all cases, the pursuit is both fascinating and fun and youâ€™ll get to know a group of folks who are alsoâ€¦wellâ€¦fascinating and fun!
Another long-standing goal has been to find ways to create â€œpockets of cultureâ€ outside the Carnegieâ€™s walls. One such â€œpocketâ€ now exists in the waiting area at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. A retail hutch donated by Soy Basics was transformed into a case suitable for displaying small rotating exhibits of artifacts from the Cultural Centerâ€™s Permanent Collection. The current mini-exhibit, entitled â€˜Bits and Piecesâ€, includes photos, documents and other ephemera from different time periods and locations around the county. Weâ€™ve received good feedback from lots of folks, so stop in at the hospital and take a look, even if you arenâ€™t in need of health care services. Itâ€™ll make you feel good about your-self and your story.
KUDOS, THANKS & ALL THE REST
I can empathize a little bit with the actors who received awards at the recent Tony awards. It is really difficult when you are the person doing the thanking. I feel overwhelmed when I look at the big picture of the Carnegie Cultural Center because there really are SO MANY people who make it happen in SO MANY ways. If I start to list names, I will no doubt miss someoneâ€¦so please just know that over the years, the best part of being involved with the Cultural Center truly has been YOUâ€¦the volunteers and supportersâ€¦what a GIFT you are to all of us.
Iâ€™ll sign off for now, but Iâ€™ll be backâ€¦. Juanita â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..and heeeeereâ€™s Jill!!
NOW â€“HOW IN HEAVEN DOES ONE FOLLOW JUANITA?
Intrinsically, I know I am not a cape wearing superwoman. I donâ€™t dare to com-pare. I partner with Juanita, learn from her and still be me. Who am I? I am a wife to Dennis Eike, mother to Emmeline (15), Isaiah (11), Elleri (9), Olivia (4), an active volunteer, at- large city council woman and overall busy lady. Our youngest will start preschool 4 days a week. After being a stay at home mom for past the 15 years, flexibility was key factor in my re-entry into the workforce. I wanted something meaningful that was in sync with my values, yet, would challenge me to grow. The Carnegie certainly has done that I am completely invested in our mission. I view the Carnegieâ€™s role in city health as vital.
My background covers nonprofit, volunteer management, public relations, development, and policy. Companies include: Area Agencies on Aging, Easter Seals of Iowa â€“ FARM program, American Cancer Society, United Way and Iowa State University Foundation-Liberal Arts College.
I have learned that it is always about researching, planning and preparing for the next exhibit: â€œGames People Playâ€- board games and friendly competition theme. Volunteers have loaded me up with some fun games that are sure to elicit fun childhood memories. In addition to our Games exhibit on, Aug. 27-28 we will hold â€œThe Carnegie Gamesâ€ tournament where gold, silver and bronze medals (&cash prizes) are given out to winners of each division. We wanted to jump on the Olympic band wagon and encourage our locals to play. We will have 3 qualifying rounds of play in each bracket. The structure will be 1 board game, 1 dice/card game and 1 outdoor game. We will include games such as: Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Sequence, Cribbage, Bunko, Uno, Bocce, Croquet and Lawn Darts (oops just kiddingJ.) We fit into New Horizons Chamber President Liz Markhamâ€™s goal- to embrace simplicity. Celebrate the foundational components that help make our town great. We are known for our competitive DNA, an engaged multi-generational culture and strong families- The Carnegie Games are a way to connect and serve each other. This event is for EVERYONE. Paul Hassman our local centenarian+, has issued a challenge â€œto play anyone in Scrabble.â€ Word of mouth is our partner. Grab your family and coax some little faces out of their electronics. We invite you to join us.
100 YRS. of FIVE STAR CO-OP & THE FARMERS THEY SERVED
Hereâ€™s a call to farmers in Chickasaw County- weâ€™re interested in farm signs, equipment & family photos. Ag business freebies especially from Farmers Equity, Farmers Cooperative or Five Star are being sought out. Help us tell the story of Agriculture in Chickasaw County. Farming has changed over the past 100 years and we want to showcase it. Remember- there is a generation out there that may have not ever seen a certain farm item or have knowledge of specific farm practices. What may be common to you, may be a whole new opportunity to learn for another. Please consider being a part of our temporary display.
Warmly, Jill Eike
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ASKINGâ€¦
Bequests to the Carnegie Cultural Center Endowment Fund help create a cultural legacy for the Community by ensuring the long-term viability of the Center. An engraved brick in the â€œFoundation Walkâ€ located on the Carnegieâ€™s south lawn is a great way to help build the Endowment Fund and a wonderful gift or commemoration for any occasion. The cost is $80 per brick and, when purchased as a memorial or gift, we will send an announcement to a designated party if you so wish.
1. Each brick has 3 lines with 12 spaces per line
2. Spaces between words and punctuation marks use one space each
3. Use â€œ&â€ for the word â€œandâ€
4. The manufacturer will center each line
5. All letters will be upper case
Inscription ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
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phone or email: _______________________________________
Is this for a memorial? _____ Or a gift event?_______
If yes, announcement should be sent to: _______________________________________________________________
Return this form & payment to: CCC Endowment Fund, Box 243, New Hampton, IA 50659
The mission of the Carnegie Cultural Center is to establish a vital presence
of the Arts, History and Cultural Awareness for the enlightenment, enjoyment and benefit of all Chickasaw County residents and visitors.