Brooke Miller, Social Media Manager and Amy Zeigler, Digital Marketing Manager, of the Iowa Tourism Office will be guest speakers at the Small Museum Group (SMUG) meeting on Monday, July 27 at the FFA Historical and Ag Museum, 408 Main Street in La Porte City. Miller and Zeigler’s topic will be “Maximizing your Digital Work Through your Website and Social Media.”
All museum personnel and volunteers are invited to attend the SMUG meeting, which will begin at 9:30 AM with registration and networking. A $15 registration includes a noon lunch. The meeting begins at 10 AM. Reservations can be made by contacting Jan Erdahl at 342-3619 or FFAMuseum@lpctel.net.
The FFA Historical and Ag Museum was founded in 1970 by the La Porte City FFA Chapter and located the city’s historical fire station and jailhouse on Chestnut Street. The building was granted status as a National Historic Site in 1976 and given to La Porte City. In 2001, the city purchased a building on Main Street and after renovations, it is now the main home of the Museum with more than 8,000 square feet of display space for exhibits that are changed yearly.
In 2015, the Museum will complete the Rural Iowa Heritage Center at 413 Chestnut Street. The site features an 1862 log cabin as well as the historical fire station and jailhouse. It is dedicated to celebrating 1800’s life in rural Iowa. The Museum continues to earn a reputation for educational and innovative exhibits that are designed for guests of all ages. More information can be found on the museum’s website at www.lpcmuseum.com .
The Small Museum Group a committee of the Iowa Museum Association, was organized ten years ago with the purpose of helping meet the needs of small-budgeted museums in Iowa. Co-chairs of the organization are Saundra Clem Leininger of the French Icarian Village at Corning and Angela Beeken of the Des Moines County Heritage Center Museum at Burlington. Meetings are held three times a year, one in each tourism region.