Thursday July 24, 2014
From the Archives:
A gift of 'shop' from the museums Auxiliary.
In 1957, the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Mint Museum of Art voted to set up a museum shop to raise funds for the museum. They received a loan of $200.00 from the Auxiliary and began selling note cards in a corner of the museum’s lobby. The first profits from the shop were given back to the Auxiliary in repayment of the loan. The #Museum shop was run entirely by volunteers from the Woman’s Auxiliary from 1957 until 1989, when Sandy Fisher was hired as the first paid employee.
The shop was closed during 1988-1989 during the #Ramesses Exhibition because the exhibition traveled with its own retail venue. A one-sheet catalogue was sent to members to try to continue sales during this time. During the exhibition the shop space was cleaned out and used as a first aid station.
With the knowledge of the opening of the Mint Museum Craft + Design in 1998, the Auxiliary gifted the shop to the museum, where it became part of operations.
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