Organized in 2008, the Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum assists the museum in its mission: preserving our community’s heritage and enhancing the collecting and interpreting of our history and culture. The Friends of the Museum hosts an annual event, Denim & Diamonds, to supplement funding for museum programs, projects, and celebrations.
The Friends of the Museum (FOM) is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is registered annually with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office as a charity. Donations to FOM are tax deductible.
The Friends of the Museum:
- Works closely with museum trustees
- Works with the museum board on the Our Community Series
- Hosts open houses and receptions
- Hosts special programs and events
- Supports special projects
- Funds the museum’s website
- Provides some museum docents (desk and tour volunteers)
- Conducts membership drives
- Purchases equipment and supplies as requested by the museum’s Board of Trustees
- Funds the rain garden and green-roof pavilion from donations
- Assists with exhibits
- Provides leadership for the My Oktibbeha project
- Develops and funds the museum’s brochure (available at the museum)
- Funded the exterior rejuvenation project
- Conducts fundraising
Friends of the Museum Board of Directors
Armando De la Cruz
Suzanne Dressel, Secretary
Wallace Killcreas, Treasurer
Quinn Manuel, Vice President
Brother Rogers, President & Website Manager
Bobbie Walton, Membership Chair
Joan Wilson, Volunteers Chair, Representative to Museum Trustees Board
2014 FOM officers are (seated L-R) Sally Laughlin, vice president, and Ava Moore, president; (standing L-R) Suzanne Dressel, secretary, and Libby Thompson, treasurer
A recap of 2013:
- Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony of our newly completed Green Roof Pavilion took place on Monday, April 15, 2013.
- The American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence was given to the landscape architecture class of Cory Gallo. Thanks to them for our Green Roof Pavilion and outstanding landscaped outdoor area.
- On October 21, 2013, we celebrated Oktibbeha County Sports Hall of Famers Cool Papa Bell, Bailey Howell and Jerry Rice. The permanent sports exhibit was unveiled.
- Four way stop signs were installed at the corners of Fellowship and Russell Streets
- We held our 2nd Annual Fundraiser “Denim & Diamonds.” There was a silent auction, a grand raffle, food, and complimentary drinks, line dancing demonstrations and dancing.
- We redesigned the museum pamphlet; it has a new look.
- Wi Fi at museum
- Barn quilt square
- Exterior painting (porch/pavilion)
- Convex mirror (pavilion)
- The Flames performance