Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Get to Know Your Museum So You Can Get Involved


The Museum located in Tower Park overlooking the amphitheater.
There are so many little gems in town that hide in plain sight. The Fort Thomas Military and Community History Museum is one of them. You really need to visit especially during the city’s sesquicentennial year. And if you want to volunteer, even better.

Like so many small museums around the country, it is staffed by eager and knowledgeable volunteers. They have crafted interesting exhibits that include the infamous Pearl Bryan murder, the fort’s role in the tragic Beverly Hills fire, propaganda used in the Art of War, and the Vietnam War exhibit that drew a record crowd. And they prepare exhibits for the schools as well as visiting students. Each volunteer brings a wealth of knowledge and skills and is eager to learn more. Deanna Beineke, director of the museum board, says that “the city and the fort have rich histories that are at risk of being lost if we don't make an effort to preserve and share them.”

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There is so much interesting stuff in the museum that other local and regional history groups and museums make regular visits. The museum was even featured on an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries of the Museum” show. Here is a link to that episode http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/mysteries-at-the-museum that focused on the Beverly Hills tragedy.

Deanna Beineke, chair of the museum board, says that “Military units holding reunions have discovered our museum, and we have become a ‘must see’ destination for veterans visiting Greater Cincinnati…. A few hours a week will allow you to indulge your interest and give back to the city that you enjoy.  There is a lot more to Fort Thomas than Pearl Bryan and Beverly Hills.”

If you have an interest in or want to learn more about the history of Fort Thomas, its people and places, then consider getting involved in keeping this little gem polished. Contact Deanna Beineke at  beineke@isoc.net or call 859-572-1225 for more information.

And mark this date on your calendar because that’s when the museum will hold its seasonal Open House - Sunday, April 23 from 1:00 - 4:00. Stop by.  Check it out. Get involved.




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