Storage and the realities of running a history museum during a pandemic were topics of discussion at the annual meeting of the Sachse Historical Society.
After holding its annual meeting on Zoom a year ago, the Sachse Historical Society held an in-person annual meeting on Sunday, March 6 at Chase Oaks Church, Woodbridge Campus. The membership of the society has also decreased by five members to 53 over the past year.
Members approved the 2022 budget and an amendment to the bylaws to create staggered three-year terms for each officer on the board. Ed Brown, the treasurer, said the museum also had a $1,200 shortage, but was able to cover it with donations.
The same board of directors was renewed for new mandates. Diana Smith has been named president, Cyndi Mitchell will serve as vice president, Brown remains treasurer, and Tricia Lindsey has been named secretary.
Smith said the museum continues to work on improving its museum facilities, including acquiring an additional, smaller building. Initially, the museum asked for $400,000 to construct an additional building, but the board denied the request, she said.
Additionally, Lindsey told members that the museum had to move its storage units. Previously, it had two storage units, but was forced to downsize to one due to cost.
The museum’s new farm equipment pavilion, which the museum began building last year, is nearing completion, Lindsey said. She added that the new pavilion will also have a storage facility to store any unexposed equipment and keep it in good condition.
Rebekah McDonough began volunteering at the museum last year and will continue to work as a seamstress to maintain the period dresses on display at the museum.
In other business, Lindsey highlighted participating in a local Girl Scout gold award project as one of the biggest accomplishments. Girl Scout Lizzie Roetel has created a coloring book which has also been digitized allowing the museum to have a multifaceted activity for children based on her collection.
“The great thing about this project is that we can continue to use it,” Lindsey said. “We have all the photos and documentation for the project, so we can go back and keep adding things to it.”