2019 Winter Update and Membership Drive

February 15, 2019
To all HOBS members and friends:

When we opened the Pump House Museum and Learning Center last June, the general public was pleasantly surprised – in many cases amazed – by our “Big Red” exhibit about  the development of Holland as a commercial port, by our series of five live speakers programs and by the student artwork which interpreted three aspects of the fog signals and lighthouses of Holland. When we finally closed the building to museum visitors in early September, we realized that over 4,000 people had visited us over the summer. -But the Pump House Building didn’t close completely.

Imagine our surprise when we realized that the new air conditioning units in the building were heat pumps: we actually had heat! What a game changer that turned out to be!  Even after the weather cooled down, the Pump House building was the site for numerous parties and meetings. In January 2019, we had ten high school students meet in the building on two occasions as part of the future PREP’d mentoring program.

This year we will be promoting the museum as a venue where outside groups may hold their meetings, parties and special events in the spring and fall. In July and August, we will be open to the public every afternoon seven days a week so that the general public may enjoy the Pump House Museum.

On certain Thursday evenings this summer we will offer live programs:

  • Author Lynn Austin will speak about how she writes her historical novels.
  • Geoffrey Reynolds will tell us about Holland’s boat and shipbuilders.
  • Authors M. Chris Byron and Tom Wilson will make two presentations – one on the dune schooner rides along the lake shore and a second one about the phenomenon of Mid-Century Modern Architecture.
  • Valerie van Heest will give an illustrated lecture about the development of Holland Harbor and its lighthouses, including Big Red.
  • Our educational consultant and board secretary Denise Smyk will tell us about the creative ways our history is being used to inspire and motivate students in the Holland – Zeeland area.

In addition to hiring a person to be at the front desk to greet visitors, we are considering hiring an operations manager to oversee and manage our ever expanding facility. We are beginning to plan for our next major exhibits and also for downsizing the popular Big Red exhibit so that we can make it a permanent exhibit in the south gallery. And we have several exciting special summer events in the planning stages.  

To bring these ambitious plans to fruition takes money and people like you willing to volunteer their time and talents.

I encourage you to take a moment today to complete the membership and donation form to become or to renew your HOBS membership and to make a donation to either support or to help underwrite our operation. I urge you to become involved at the museum by volunteering as a docent or to assist in cleaning up, setting up and taking down chairs and tables for special events and meetings.
I thank you very much,

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