To acquire, document, protect and preserve, and exhibit the unique physical and cultural history which reflects the story of the Town of Ashland. The Museum’s additional but not lesser mission is to research, exhibit,promote and publicize the rich historical and cultural heritage of the town for the benefit of residents and visitors.
Accomplishments in 2015 and 2016
Plans for late 2016 and into 2017
The push for a history and culture museum for Ashland came out of the year-long 150th anniversary of the town's incorporation in 1858. A museum steering committee began meeting in January of 2009, received its nonprofit status in May of 2011, and created a virtual museum on the internet: www.ashlandmuseum.org. The board leased the Ashland Red Caboose as an exhibit in late 2011 and in early 2012 it leased a storefront next door at 105 Hanover Avenue. With a seed money grant, the museum cleaned and created signage for the storefront and created a 5-panel exhibit on rolling exhibit walls that opened for Train Day in November of 2012. In addition, the museum collaborated with Ashland Main Street Association to create a marker program for the Ashland Historic District and began a collaboration with Hanover County Schools to create a graphic history. Hanover Arts & Activities Center also gave the Museum a room to use as archives at 500 S. Center Street as part of that organization's mission. The archives room is furnished with shelving and archival boxes and folders ready to hold the many papers and documents that have begun pouring in. The museum is open weekends year-round with the help of volunteers.
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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