Greetings from the Museum! Volunteers have been very busy these past few weeks preparing for our 2018 season. The work they have been doing includes dismantling last year’s “Reflections of the ‘60s” exhibit, organizing items in the loft storage area, and researching information for new exhibits.

If you would like to volunteer at the Museum, we would be more than happy to learn more about your interests and the ways that you would like to be involved. Look for weekly updates in the newspaper and be sure to check our Facebook page and website for a variety of volunteer opportunities that will be posted soon. We welcome volunteers of all ages!

Despite the snow, eight people ventured out and enjoyed delicious soup and great conversation Thursday evening at the Museum. We will try to hold another “Soup and Conversation” evening soon and hope that the weather is better. Our goal is to host “Soup and Conversation” on a monthly basis so that we can continue to share new projects and program ideas and learn from community members how the Museum can continue to serve the people of La Porte City.

Our next event will be a Family History Workshop Day on Saturday, February 24 from 9 AM to 12 PM. This hands-on workshop will feature a recently retired conservator from the Grout Museum District to help participants learn the best ways to preserve and display their treasured family photos, documents, and artifacts. The fee for this event is $5, which will cover materials and coffee and cookies! To get a better idea of how many people will be attending, please call Museum Director Emily Nelson at 319-415-0624 or e-mail at enelson@lpctel.net to register.

We are looking for items for our 2018 exhibits, including artifacts, photos, and documents. If you or someone you know has any items that they would be interested in loaning to us to display for the 2018 season, please let us know!

We are looking for the following: agricultural equipment and implements from the World War I era (1910-1920), food preparation and preservation items from that same time period, and photographs and documents from the World War I era. If you have cookbooks or recipe books from La Porte City or area churches, clubs, organizations, or businesses, those would be welcome, along with items and photos from LPC grocery stores and restaurants.

The above list is just a start, so be sure to watch for additional items that we are looking for in the next few weeks. We are also starting a community exhibit space, which will feature a local business, club, organization, church, or school club or team. For this rotating exhibit, which will be changed every few months, organizations are invited to form a team and work with the Museum Director to create a simple exhibit that tells their story.

For more information or if you have questions, please call Emily Nelson, Museum Director, at 319-415-0624 or email her at enelson@lpctel.net.