Creating a Vibrant Legacy of History for Future Generations
Our new flooring is completed 11-28-2018
Flat River Historical Society and Museum 213 North Franklin Street Greenville, Michigan 48838
The Flat River Historical Society and Museum was organized in 1967 from an outpouring of donated historical artifacts and support from the community. Serving as the historical archive and local storyteller for more than 50 years, our mission is to excite people about the history of the Greenville area. As an integral part of the community, the Flat River Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to enhancing educational and recreational activities and welcomes diverse audiences.
Located near the dam on the Flat River where John Green, the founder of Greenville, built his cabin, the Flat River Historical Society and Museum presents local history in meaningful exhibits, supports school curriculum through relevant programs, and shares legacy through projects that enhance quality of community life.
The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Flat River Historical Society and Museum with the 2017 Coalition of Greater Greenville Spirit of Collaboration Award in honor of partnerships with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority on main street historical interpretive signs, as well as collaborations with Greenville Public Schools for Native American, fur trade, and lumberjack educational programs.
Bridging the Generations Capital Campaign
Bridging the Generations will transform this museum from a collection of interesting local objects collected over our 50-year history into a re-imagined museum with interactive exhibits, new educational activities, vibrant stories aligned with local collections, and creative programming. Featured in the upgraded exhibit space, stories will be told from the beginning of human history in our area through the rise of modern society. Interactive exhibits will include: ❖ Salt Water Seas to the Ice Ages ❖ Native Americans ❖ Fur Trade ❖ John Green – Founder of Greenville ❖ Shanty Boys and Lumbering ❖ Danish Immigration ❖ Greenville on the Move – Trains ❖ Golden Age of Cinema and the Silver Theater ❖ Greenville by the Bushel – Agricultural Heritage ❖ Refrigerator Capital ❖ A Giant Rises – Meijer ❖ Special Exhibit Room Access to the exterior and interior of the museum building will be upgraded to accommodate guests who use wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices.
Goals This ambitious project aims to: ❖ Protect and preserve our local history ❖ Interpret the past to the public ❖ Create a legacy of history for future generations ❖ Develop strong historical identity in Greenville and be an engine for economic development and local tourism ❖ Build a sense of pride in our community and collective history ❖ Ensure the museum is a vibrant, active, and vital resource in the community
Vibrant local museums that integrate themselves into local communities and school districts are extraordinary resources that signiﬁcantly enhance the quality of life, economic prosperity, and educational opportunities for learners of all ages in the communities they serve.” – Michael Staﬀord, Ph.D., Director of Cranbrook Institute of Science and Greenville High School Graduate, class of 1983.
Join us to Make History Please join us at this exciting time in our history! Your tax deductible donation will be directly invested in building improvements, exhibit expansion, interactive technology, and creative programming. The stories told by the Flat River Historical Society and Museum are YOUR stories – join us as we create a rich inheritance of knowledge for future generations. The Greenville Area Community Foundation has generously oﬀered support of this campaign by matching funds raised up to $150,000. This 1-to-1 match means whatever amount you give, GACF will match the same amount. The challenge of a matching grant is, in order to receive the total GACF grant, we must secure $150,000 in support from our community.
Giving Levels and Donor Recognition
$10,000 and above Your name on one exhibit space for 10 years, name on a service we provide i.e. 3rd grade museum ﬁeld trips, name on donor wall, printed material and website, FRHSM Limited Edition Mug $5,000 Name on Silver Theater seat, name on donor wall, printed material and website, FRHSM Limited Edition Mug
$1000 Name on donor wall, printed material and website, FRHSM Limited Edition Mug $500 Name on printed material and website, FRHSM Limited Edition Mug $100 Name on printed material and website
Bridging the Generations Pledge Form Donor Information
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Send completed form to: Greenville Area Community Foundation FRHS Bridging the Generations Campaign 101 N. Lafayette Street Greenville, MI 48838 (616) 894-1783 (Board Chairman – Keith Hudson’s phone) firstname.lastname@example.org