When asked about attendance, Rippy said, “It’s been pretty lack-luster except for weekends. We thought parent would bring kids when school was out but I don’t think anybody wanted to be out.”
Commissioner Kevin Overmyer commented on the out-of-state visitors at the museum. The quarterly report showed 3,169 visitors for the 4th quarter and a total of 8,788. Out-of-state visitors came from as far away as Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas, and Wisconsin…21 states in total. Out of county visitors came from as far away as Angola, Indianapolis, Lafayette, North Manchester, and Sweetzer. Rippy noted that many visitors end up spending the night making an economic impact on the county.
Exhibits are changing from Christmas to spring. The main exhibit for 2014 will be the Bill Wagoner Music display featuring custom made guitars by Bill, outfits worn during gigs including the U.S. Male, pictures, posters and memorabilia.
A special Auto Indiana state traveling exhibit will be at the Marshall County Museum March 8th through April 2nd. Added to this will be a local flavor with memorabilia, photos and stories of local automobile establishments including gas stations, drive-ins, restaurants, motels and watering holes.
Rippy also said the “Brown Bag Lunch Series” held on the second Friday of each month at noon at the Marshall County Museum has been very well attended. Participants bring their own sack lunch and the museum provides lunchtime education and entertainment. The next Brown Bal Lunch Series is scheduled for February 14th with Anna Liechty discussing “The Huckleberry Queen” more than fantasy and folklore.