April 28, 2020
Dear UHM Members and Friends:
On behalf of the Upcountry History Museum’s Board of Directors and staff I send you our warmest greetings and our hope that you are safe and well.
The Museum is marking its sixth week of being closed to the public as a result of COVID-19. The impact of COVID-19 on our world, our city, our community and our Museum is profound. The challenges that it has created for arts-and-culture organizations across the globe are truly unparalleled in our time.
At the Upcountry History Museum, we remain committed to doing our part to ensure the safety and well-being of the community we love. In response to recent guidelines and recommendations from federal and state public health authorities, we remain temporarily closed to the public. As soon as it is possible to identify a re-opening date we will proactively communicate that information through email, social media and our website www.upcountryhistory.org.
In these uncertain times, we want you to know that your friends at the Upcountry History Museum are here to take it one day at a time with you. Through this challenging and uncertain moment in history, the Museum remains committed to collecting and sharing dynamic digital content and virtual experiences, inspired by history, to engage you and your loved ones from the comfort and safety of your home. Our incredible team is regularly updating the Museum’s website and social media channels to keep us all connected.
The Museum recognizes that the situation is dynamic and that the repercussions of the virus will be felt for some time. With that in mind, we are developing enhanced standards and protocols as we prepare to meet the rigorous health and safety requirements that will be part of re-opening and managing the Museum moving forward.
Like most museums around the world, we rely on revenue from admissions, programs, retail sales, and private rentals to help cover our operating costs. With our doors temporarily closed, none of these opportunities are currently available. If you have the means to do so, please consider making a donation to the Museum today. A gift of any amount makes a huge impact on our ability to connect people, history, and culture.
We are deeply grateful for your support and understanding. Although our physical spaces remain closed, history and lifelong learning continue. Our hearts are with you and we look forward to being together soon.
Dana L. Thorpe