What are the Benefits of an MHS Membership?
What our members say...
[MHS is] an organization that values small museums and allows for publicity.
...I wanted a peer network to learn more about museum management and marketing.
[I joined to get] the experience of watching and learning more about operations of museums and historic preservation sites; [and to utilize] modern techniques of marketing.
What will you say?
MHS's mission is to promote the growth and effectiveness of the region's many cultural institutions, with a special focus on smaller institutions, which often have minimal staff, small budgets, and who may need more cooperative assistance to promote their institutions and foster professional activities and methods of practice. MHS also offers peer-to-peer mentoring for its members. Click here to find out more and to sign up.
Member institutions can attend monthly meetings (2nd Mondays, rotated around the membership on a voluntary basis), which often feature educational programming on a variety of topics:
* promoting your organization
* financial management
* site or preservation management
The meetings also provide the opportunity to network with similar organizations around the area and provide for interactions which might not normally occur, and out of which collaborative projects can be born. Member sites have reported increased opportunities for grants due to their membership within the organization.
What does your institution gain?
* Increased regional visibility through the MHS online calendar and regional map
* Extra web visibility through institutional descriptions and links to member websites
* Listing of member activities on the online calendar, on our Facebook page and other social media outlets
* Opportunities for shared advertising costs in high-profile venues
* Access to shared public relations contacts to expand marketing outreach
* Group membership in the Ohio Local History Alliance - extends exposure of MHS members across the state and region
We think you will find that MHS is a valuable resource for cultural institutions in the region. If you have additional questions about membership, click here to contact us.
How does my Organization join MHS?
The cost to join MHS is a modest $30 per year. Members need to complete an application form (click here to download the pdf or click here to complete the form online), send a high quality image from their site/museum and high quality image of their logo for publicity purposes, and mail their $30 check or money order, payable to Museums & Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati, to Museums & Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati, PO Box 731, Oxford, OH 45056.
Once your membership has been processed, your listed representative will be sent an email invitation to join our google calendar, where you can begin adding your organizations events in addition to other venues you may already use. At that time, we will also begin promoting your activities on our Facebook page, where our followers can easily see what your organization is doing and share it with their Friends.