Augusta history museum to reduce hours, close its store

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 12:57 PM
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The Augusta Museum of History will cut its hours to a four-day week in February and also close its museum store, according to executive director Nancy Glaser.

“Given the many economic challenges facing the museum, starting Feb. 1, 2010, the Augusta Museum of History will be reducing its hours of operation,” she said. “The museum’s new hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.”

The Museum will be closed Monday through Wednesday. All programs, including Brown Bag, that have been scheduled will continue through the remainder of the year. Also, beginning next month, the Museum Shop and the Research Library will no longer be open to the public.

“The Board and staff, after examining all aspects of the operation, have determined certain public services will need to cease in order for the museum to remain financially sound,” Glaser said.“The immediate goal is continue to meet the Museum’s mission of collecting CSRA treasures, preserving a collection of over half million items, exhibiting material of celebrities like the hugely popular display of Mr. James Brown, and providing educational programs such as Voices of the Past.”

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dashiel
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dashiel 01/22/10 - 02:11 pm
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What about employees? How

What about employees? How many, etc.? Cutting hours almost always means cutting somebody's groceries too.

jbfj
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jbfj 01/22/10 - 03:04 pm
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Will the Museum Store have a

Will the Museum Store have a sale?

J.W.
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J.W. 01/22/10 - 03:33 pm
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The Augusta Museum of History

The Augusta Museum of History is a wonderful community asset. I truly hope that it does not go the way of Fort Discovery.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/22/10 - 05:04 pm
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Guys, IF the museum store

Guys, IF the museum store does have a sale, I'd like to strongly recommend the VHS tape called "Augusta Remembers". It is really interesting and entertaining! It was done by the Augusta Chronicle (no, I'm not getting a kick-back!) and they interviewed people who lived in Augusta from about 1900-1940, and they had them talk about events and normal life activities going on during those times...while they spoke, there were videos and pictures of those things the people talked about. For instance, most people knew that downtown Augusta was hugely busy during those times, but did you know that traffic was so heavy during those times that police were placed in little "towers" that allowed them to help control traffic on Broad Street? And on Saturdays, the Boy Scouts were used to help control the crowds, by holding long poles up and down to keep people from crossing the streets to allow traffic to go through? Anyway, very interesting things on that tape. I wish they'd make it into a DVD, and I wish they'd make another one for the later years...while people are still alive who can contribute to it.

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jamesmonty 01/22/10 - 07:32 pm
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Unbelievable they would have

Unbelievable they would have such a video and still not on DVD.
I would assume that sales in the store would not support one employee. Perhaps it was the product that was the problem.

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corgimom 01/22/10 - 11:08 pm
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If people can accept that

If people can accept that working 4 days per week usually means losing wages, why would anyone think that 4 day school weeks are a good idea?

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seenitB4 01/23/10 - 06:40 am
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When are we going to realize

When are we going to realize we are in deep do do,,,bring back our Am. jobs before we go to only 2 days a week at schools, business,, stores,,we CAN NOT keep the world afloat anymore..check with southern Calif. they have closed hospitals & etc. because they are not able to give service for free..

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