Renton History Museum in Renton, Washington

Before MAPs:

  • Lack of intellectual control of collections
  • Public unaware of collections work
  • Lack of education programming
  • Inadequate collections storage space
  • Difficulty marketing Museum programs
  • Financial sustainability issues

After 3 MAPS: (2005-2014)

  • First-ever inventory completed by interns
  • Created collections priority list to plan resources and guide work
  • Increased number of artifact donations in desired areas
  • Greater collections-specific monetary donations
  • Made Public Engagement Coordinator a 30-hour a week position
  • New 3rd grade curriculum completed and formally adopted by Renton School District
  • Four years of collaborative exhibits with Renton High School; 1000 students served
  • Instituted teen advisory council, RenTeens
  • Purchased offsite collections storage building
  • Through grants, installed new collections furniture to improve storage
  • Instituted quarterly event flyers
  • Newsletter redesign, including events calendar
  • Full utilization of online calendars
  • Began using exterior banners and other exterior building improvements
  • Redesigned logo and formulated style guide; re-worked all print and online materials
  • Annual major fundraising events and annual giving campaign

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