About SCMS

The Museum Society, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1985 to provide supplementary financial and volunteer support to the Silver City Museum. The Museum Society augments operational support from the Town of Silver City, enhancing Museum programming and public services with supplementary staffing (paid and volunteer), equipment, and outreach support. Society funding has supported speaker honoraria, exhibit materials and transportation fees, professional development, printing, publications, and special project support. The organization has successfully conducted several capital campaigns, generating $800,000 worth of facilities improvements for the Museum in the past 18 years.

Fundraising

Society fundraising efforts have resulted in major upgrades to the Silver City Museum facility, including a large expansion/improvement project in 1988 which created a professional quality collections care wing and exhibition gallery; development of a landscaped courtyard and parking lots in 1989; extensive rehabilitation of the historic H.B. Ailman house in 1993-94; another major landscape project dedicated in 1997; and an addition and improvements to the collections care wing in 2002. Another ambitious volunteer-led project saw the reconstruction of the original east porch of the Ailman House and conversion of the original kitchen to a meeting facility.

Events and Programs

The Society presents a variety of public events and programs throughout the year, including an ongoing Brown Bag lunch-time presentation series, Museum exhibit openings, guided Museum tours, popular annual events such as the Fourth of July Ice Cream Social and Victorian Christmas Evening, and a wide variety of community gatherings and performances in the Museum Courtyard.

See great photos of Museum events and activities on our FaceBook Page! And, visit the Silver City Museum Website for details of current and upcoming Events and Exhibits. See you There!

Museum Store, Media & Book Publication

Available in the Museum Store are publications by the Silver City Museum Society, which include walking tour guides to three Silver City historic neighborhoods, as well as the first (1986) and second (1995) editions of the book Built to Last: An Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico by Susan Berry and Sharman Apt Russell. This and other books are available in the Museum Store, located in the Silver City Museum. In 1996 the Society sponsored the preservation filming and video duplication of "Silver City On Parade," a 1940 promotional film originally shown in local theaters. Calendars featuring historic photographs from southwest New Mexico have been published as a fundraising project by the Museum Society for the past five years.

Volunteers

Volunteers support the Silver City Museum in numerous ways and without them the museum would not be what it is today. Volunteer opportunities are wide-ranging and we encourage residents to contact the Silver City Museum Society and see how they can join the team.  Our volunteer team includes newcomers to our area and residents born and raised here - we appreciate and thank our Volunteers every day.

Volunteer Bobbie Neal Little was born right here in Silver and lived at the fire station . . . Read More

Board of Directors

A twelve-member board administers the Society's business and budget, with an additional voting position reserved for a representative from the Town Museum Board. The Museum Director is a non-voting Society board member. For more information, please email info@silvercitymuseumsociety.org
 

Board Committees

Finance & Store, Fundraising & Membership, Nominating & Personnel

President — JOHN WARNER
V. President — MARCIA STOUT
Secretary — PATRICIA CANO
Treasurer — LEIF NORDELL
Society Rep. to Town Board — BILLIE TURRIETA
Town Rep. to Society Board — BOBBIE NEAL LITTLE
Member — TIM LINDHORN
Member — BELITHA MCKINNEY
Member — DONNA SCHAEFFER
Member — HELEN SHOUP
Member — MARÍA DOMÍNGUEZ