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Linn County Historical Society to host input session

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As the Linn County Historical Society gets ready to make the Douglas Mansion it's new home, they want the community's input on the future of the society.

They'll be holding a public input session Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the African-American Museum of Iowa.

“We are steadily making plans for the entire organization as we prepare the Douglas Mansion to be our new home,” stated Jason S. Wright, executive director.  “We want the entire community to tell us what they want from their History Center.  This includes the kinds of programs that would be engaging, the kind of stories they want our exhibits to tell and how the community, at large, would like to use our space for events and gatherings.  These are big questions, and we seek equally big input.”

The society provided a list of questions that may be asked at the session:

* The Douglas Mansion has a lot of unique space.  What is needed in the community in terms of use of space?

* As a community resource, what stories should we be telling?  How can we position The History Center to reflect back to our community’s most memorable milestones and influential people, and how does that relate our community’s current state?

* Regarding the patron experience, what priorities of exploration and interaction should we have?  What will inspire and educate?  What programs and events would be most attractive?

The event is free and open to the public.

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