Mission & Goals

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The Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University
Plymouth, New Hampshire

“The Museum of the White Mountains preserves and promotes the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the region; as well as provide unique collections-based, archival, and digital learning resources serving students, researchers and the public.”

I. Preservation, Access and Education

1.       Centralize and catalogue objects and archives

  • Build a collection of art, photographs, archives, film, records and other visual and audio materials
  • Be a center of excellence with a collection that facilitates academic study and public access to a vast body of materials
  • Share resources utilizing finding aids that allow easy access

2.     Digitize and post the collection on-line

  • Photograph and/or scan collections
  • Maintain a website for digitized materials
  • Locate, obtain and employ technological & financial support
  • Preserve the collection while making it available to users worldwide
  • Share knowledge of the region
  • Employ advanced technology and marketing to insure PSU is internationally known for White Mountains research

3.     Create high quality actual and virtual exhibitions and related educational programming

  • Curate exhibitions with the Museum collection and materials on loan
  • Employ educators from a variety of disciplines to create information rich, educational resources
  • Promote object-based learning and assist with interpretation of the collection and regional information and issues
  • Provide information that supports trans-disciplinary intellectual and social growth reflecting excellence and quality

4.     Renovate 34 Highland, Plymouth, NH in two Phases

  • Create space to exhibit the collection in Phase I
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities to store the collection in Phase II
  • Respect the integrity of the architecture and adhere to requirements of LEED certification specifications renovation
  • Increase campus exhibition space
  • Centralize storage of the collection in an environmentally controlled location
  • Create a facility that embodies cultural heritage, enhances the campus aesthetic and contributes to the “Green” campus initiative


II. Stewardship and Partnerships

1.     Create a sustainable center of excellence

  • Engage trained professionals, scholars, administrators community members and the Advisory Committee and Faculty and Staff
  • Continue to development and monitor the mission and goals of the Museum
  • Establish metrics for the outcomes
  • An exceptional organizational structure and efficient management
  • Measurable results

2.     Nurture relationships with regional organizations

  • Increase educational, economic and cultural partnership and outreach opportunities with the local and regional organizations
  • Provide opportunities for professional and continuing education for smaller heritage sites
  • Promote collaboration rather than competition amongst groups with shared interests
  • Develop exceptional educational experiences that meet the needs of the state and region

3.     Engage the Advisory Committee

  • Work with committee members with interest, knowledge and/or resources
  • Select committee members willing to encourage cooperation and alignment of interests with other organizations
  • Involve members willing to contribute both time and financial resources in support of the Museum.
  • Include a broad constituency of advisory members serving as ambassadors and advocates for the mission of the museum, the collection, and exhibitions
  • Share additional regional expertise