Public helps save Independence Museum in Exeter
Four paid staffers were laid off in late 2012, and the museum — celebrating New Hampshire’s role in the nation’s founding — suspended operations because it was losing money.
Williams, who was hired in April 2013, said the community rallied around its museum, which opened June 1 last year, a month later than normal.
“We made a lot of progress in 2013,” said Allison Field, president of the museum’s board of governors. “It was a year of transition, rebuilding and reinvigoration.”
A record 176 memberships were purchased, a 14 percent increase over 2009, the previous highest year. There also was more than a 100 percent increase in the museum’s annual fund revenues.
“We’re really investing in our marketing this year,” she said. “We feel the biggest challenge for this museum is people don’t know we exist.”
“If we lost that, we lose a major story telling of our position in the American Revolutionary War,” he said.This year, the museum hopes to add a third part-time employee with a budget prediction to “hopefully break even for the year,” Williams said.
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