What’s Happening at the Lake Region Heritage Center?
Our organization is undergoing changes, with the departure of Rachel Johnson and Jackie Johnson over the last year, our board of directors has made some tough decisions regarding the mission and purpose of our organization. The Lake Region Heritage Center will continue to operate as a museum, but we are reconfiguring the space so that our main floor will be accessible to deliver arts, educational and cultural programming for all ages and abilities. Once the frost has cleared this spring, we have a local contractor prepared to update our rear entrance so that we will have accessible parking and an improved and compliant ramp. The project is funded through a grant provided by North Central Planning Council.
In addition, as part of Governor Burgum’s Main Street Initiative, our downtown will be undergoing significant street and sidewalk construction this summer. During the scheduled construction this summer, the museum will not be open during regular hours on weekdays, but instead will be available by appointment and for special events and scheduled programming. We have experienced declining interest and traffic during the weekdays, but have seen increased participation in art classes, ghost tours, woodworking demonstrations and other interactive events. Therefore, our board is embracing this change and making some adjustments. With the reconfiguration of our main floor and improved handicapped accessibility, we will be better able to provide more hands-on and interactive learning activities and projects that meet the mission statement of our organization. As always, we welcome any questions or recommendations and appreciate your support and help.
Kelly Swenseth, April 14 2018