Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Outagamie County Historical Society Inc

aka History Museum at the Castle   |   Appleton, WI   |  http://www.myhistorymuseum.org/

Mission

Founded in 1872 as a Pioneer Association, the Outagamie County Historical Society steadfastly preserves the history of the Fox Cities in east central Wisconsin. Now affectionately known as the History Museum at the Castle, due to our location in a former Masonic Temple, the organization is a thriving cultural institution with deep ties to the local community. At the History Museum, we continually seek to inspire people to discover and appreciate the rich history of the Fox Valley through exhibition, education, and collections. In this way, our staff members foster community partnerships that build social cohesion and meet local challenges. Doing so expands expectations for what a history museum, and our community, can be.

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Director

Matthew Carpenter

Main address

330 E College Ave

Appleton, WI 54911 USA

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Formerly known as

Houdini Historical Center and Outagamie County Museum

EIN

39-1298304

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Museum

Museum exhibits weave national and local events and periods together to provide both perspective and local relevance. The Museum presents education programming related to our exhibits and workshops for adults, families and students.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Awards

National Medal for Museum and Library Services 2018

Institute of Museum and Library Services

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

history preservation, education