Historical Society of Marshall County Iowa

MARSHALLTOWN, IA   |  marshallhistory.org

Mission

The goal of the Historical Society of Marshall County is to celebrate and share our rich local history, and educate future generations. The Board of Directors, staff, members, and volunteers all have passion for our home and its past, and we carry on the stewardship of that past with the enthusiasm that the Society's founders intended. To accomplish our mission, we partner with a variety of local organizations which are as invested in the community as we are.

The mission of the Historical Society of Marshall County is to preserve, protect, and share the history of Marshall County. Established in 1908, the mission statement has always remained “From the Past; comes our Future."

Ruling year info

1985

Administrator

Michelle Ann Roseburrough

Main address

503 W Main St

MARSHALLTOWN, IA 50158 USA

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EIN

42-6060088

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our main priority is to continue the mission of the Historical Society of Marshall County founders with a sustainable financial position. The Society is governed by a board of directors. The sole employee is an Administrator who is responsible for site and office management, maintenance, tours, and research assistance to visitors to the museum and our other sites.

Our programs

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

Historical & Genealogical Research

We are happy to assist with all types of local historical and genealogical research. Free use of our library is available to visitors. Research assistance is available at $10 per hour plus any document or mailing costs.

Our collection includes a wealth of photographic and documentary history pertaining to a variety of topics. Our records include family history information as well as local government, schools, churches, social organization photos and records.

Our collection includes a variety of materials on local topics, and also by local authors. We have yearbooks, town and church histories, city directories, and personal memorabilia. We also house material about other counties, Iowa history, and other general historical topics.

The former Central Iowa Genealogical Society (CIGS) collection is housed in the Frances Rhoades Williams Library. The collection covers published family histories, county histories, census, cemetery records, ship passenger lists, and other society publications. It also includes material from all over the United States.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. Financial Goals:
• Implement measures that will foster HSMC long-term financial sustainability.

2. Community Engagement Goals:
• Continue to develop partnerships with local and state organizations to enhance our services to the public.

3. Site Goals:
• Build a new museum to replace the one lost in a 2018 tornado, to maximize our resources and better serve our public.

4. Membership Goals:
• Increase membership by recruiting both new and lapsed members.
• Engage volunteers and HSMC members to donate time and skill as well as money.

Investigate and secure local corporate sponsorship
Invest memorial and bequest funds for maximum dividend
Evaluate current investment performance, and reallocate funds as necessary to maximize dividend
Increase marketing of sites as tourist and event destinations, to increase donations and memberships
Investigate and establish links to local government
Investigate and maintain tourism opportunities
Foster partnerships with other historic-oriented organizations to maximize HSMC service to our audience and patrons
Plan and begin fundraising to make sites as ADA compliant as possible, including driveway, entrance ramp, security and exterior lighting

Much of the current strategic plan for the Historical Society hinges on community engagement and partnerships with other local organizations, and is very achievable.

Our Society was dramatically affected, as was our entire community, by a tornado in July 2018 that altered our plan and timeline for our strategic goals. One result was structural repairs necessary at all locations that ultimately leave the buildings in better condition that prior to the tornado. Our plan to relocate our office and library became necessary, as the former location, a Museum, was deemed unsuitable to house our collection and ensure our mission. Our next step is to evaluate a location and type of future Museum building, which will require funds in excess of the insurance coverage.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Historical Society of Marshall County Iowa

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Brandt

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No