Thursday, April 30, 2009

The visitor experience at Historic Yellow Springs

I had the pleasure yesterday of spending the morning at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, PA. Thanks to Suzanne and Rob for hosting me! The dogwoods are in full bloom, reminding me of growing up in Connecticut.

The lovely old buildings on the property are currently hosting a fabulous art show.

Self-guided brochures for adults and kids were well written and interesting. The site has been a working village for nearly 300 years, encompassing amazing milestones in American history.

The ruins of the only Revolutionary War Hospital, founded by George Washington. They treated many soldiers from Valley Forge nearby.

I loved that they had a nearby shop, Ash Hill Designs, sponsor their bathrooms for the art show. What a great collaboration! This is great way to improve your facilities while supporting a local business. I hope Ash Hill wants to continue the collaboration; seems like a win-win for everyone.

Tip of the day: Creative use of resources like this bathroom sponsorship can really help in a tough economy. Think of ways you might be able to work with local businesses to help support your museum while providing tangible benefit to them.

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