Brick Store Museum

Kennebunk, ME   |  www.brickstoremuseum.org

Mission

The Brick Store Museum was founded in 1936 and is located in five nineteenth-century buildings in the heart of Kennebunk's National Register Historic District. The museum exists to ignite personal connections to local history, art and culture through exhibitions, education and programs celebrating the human experience in the Kennebunks and its surrounding communities.

Ruling year info

1944

Executive Director

Ms. Cynthia G. Walker

Main address

117 Main Street

Kennebunk, ME 04043 USA

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EIN

01-0238760

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

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Our programs

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educational outreach

Each year, the Museum mounts two to three major exhibitions, maintains a comprehensive membership program, runs an Annual Fund campaign, develops multiple fund raising events, assists with research inquiries, and offers several educational outreach initiatives, walking tours and field trips.

Population(s) Served

Exhibitions are year-round, and vary from history to art history to modern art exhibits.

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Awards

Non-Profit Business of the Year Award 2008

Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 2010

American Association for State and Local History 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of the Brick Store Museum is to become a gathering place to stimulate discussion; ignite creativity and thought; and celebrate community history and art in new ways. The Museum in the 21st Century aims to have both a digital and physical presence in our community of York County to highlight the experiences of those that came before us, and celebrate the achievements of the human spirit in our neighborhoods.

The Museum's strategies for reaching our audiences are as follows:
1) Schools outreach: create curriculum-based field trips and visiting programs that are of real substance and use for today's students and teachers.
2) Research, write and install rotating exhibitions that employ at least two interactive elements. These exhibitions are installed in our six galleries every four-five months.
3) Encourage scholarship, research, and writing of articles by staff and volunteers using primary source documents in the Museum's strong archives.
4) Create scheduled, regular programming that audience members can depend upon. The Third Thursday Talks, for example, are produced every third Thursday of the month, presenting a variety of historical and cultural topics to attendees.
5) Work with partner organizations (nonprofits and businesses alike) to produce new experiences and points of view on cultural topics.

The Museum has a small but extremely capable staff of three people (2 full time, one part-time). In addition, the Museum has over 15 weekly volunteers and over 30 special projects volunteers that assist with everything from website maintenance, to event production, to museum guides, and everything in between.

Above all, the Brick Store Museum has incredible community support from our neighbors, families, the Chamber of Commerce, and the many local businesses that support the Museum every year.

In 2006-2009, the Museum accomplished a $1.5 million capital campaign to secure the safety of our five 19th-Century buildings (which included placing steel beams in the buildings, solidifying the basements, and improving the overall quality of the structures). The campaign also served to improve the Museum's endowment, now reaching $1.6 million.

In 2012, the Brick Store Museum was re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. This is quite a feat for a museum of its size; it is one of only a few in the State of Maine to be accredited by this national association.

In 2014, the Museum succeeded in being able to hire a second museum-trained professional for its staff, bringing the total to two staff members, both with Masters degrees in Museum studies.

Now, on the horizon, is the Open Door Capital Campaign, which seeks to take the Museum into the 21st Century. Board, staff, and volunteers recognize that the Museum must adapt to remain sustainable. Therefore, the campaign's funding goal of $2 million will allow for a redesign of the Museum's main building (the 1825 brick store) to include a brand-new entrance on Main Street; welcome center; and educational spaces that now exist as poorly-used offices. Additionally, the Museum (with the help of a designer) will create the History Hoppers app, the first of its kind in the nation. The app will allow visitors and locals to stand anywhere in town and discover the history of where they are standing (whether it be near a historic structure or on the site of a historic event). The remaining funds will be allocated to the Museum's endowment, thus allowing the museum to raise its capacity for programming and educational opportunities, as well as conservation efforts for its historic buildings and collections within them.

Financials

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Brick Store Museum

Board of directors
as of 08/16/2016
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Board chair

Mr. David Moravick

Gorham Savings Bank

Term: 2016 - 2017

David N. Moravick

Gorham Savings Bank

Stephen p. Spofford

Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells Water District

Patricia Schwebler

Norway Savings Bank

Kate Mastrangelo

Huston & Co.

Cindy Sayers

retired interior designer

Stephen Larrabee

Robert Job

CPA

Bruce Jackson

retired public relations/marketing leader

Mark Ross

Kennebunk Savings Bank

Christopher Farr

retired sales and marketing, hospitality