Welcome to the new Saddlebag Notes from the World Methodist Museum! As the Museum begins to grow and change, we hope that this insert into the First Friday Letter will help not only the local audience of the World Methodist Museum, but also the entire world to be informed about the exciting work being done by the Museum, which is a ministry of the World Methodist Council.
My first month here at the Museum has been wonderful. There is a lot of work to be done, but I feel that a new energy and vibrancy has already taken over our organization!
The Museum also made headway with its manuscript collection. Heather South, archivist for the NC Department of Cultural Resources, spent at day at the Museum evaluating John Wesley’s and other Methodist mavericks’ historic letters and certificates. Since South’s visit, the Museum has commenced a long-term project of stabilizing these documents with more appropriate archival materials in order that they may last for many years to come.
In April the Museum launched its new website and a new introduction video for Museum visitors. The staff also began sending an electronic survey to Museum patrons after their visits with hopes that visitor feedback will enable the Museum to create a more powerful experience for audiences in the future.
I look forward to letting everyone in our Global Family know of the progress and work being done in preserving our Methodist and Wesleyan History each month.
Sarah Beth Lee