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Ambassador invitation

OCMS needs volunteers for the Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit

Osceola Chamber-Main Street cordially invites your organization to serve as ambassodors for the Smithsonian Traveling Museum on Main Street exhibit: Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, coming to Osceola October 9-November 22.

Originally, we planned the exhibit for the historic depot, but with social distancing guidelines, we had to switch locations to the former Robinson’s Building. This option offers plenty of room for all the pieces as well as any locally contributed displays.

The exhibit will be open Thursdays through Friday 10 a.m.- 4p.m., and Saturdays 10am-3pm; and Monday through Wednesday for special group tours such as school groups, church groups, etc. Ashleigh and Jan will try to cover the group tours.

We need ambassors, however, during the regular hours of operation. We will follow the Covid-19 recommendations for distancing and masks are highly recommended. There will be a special area for our volunteers. Duties include greeting guests, and directing them to literature we may have on hand, and calling attention to the directional cues we will provide throughout the exhibit area.

Another goal of this project is to provide local color to the exhibits. If you have any voter-related, or anything depicting democracy in action from the past, or know of someone who may have a collection such as buttons, flyers, etc. we will have a special area for display.

Here is a brief explanation of the Museum on Main Street philosophy and exhibit pieces:

“Museum on Main Street (MoMS) offers Smithsonian access to small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming. It is designed to engage residents and bring attention to rural communities and will hopefully become a catalyst for conversations about life in small-town America pride.”  https://museumonmainstreet.org

Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It includes historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; multimedia interactives with short games and much more.”- https://www.sites.si.edu

We hope your group will consider committing to a day or week of the tour (Thursday-Saturday, 10:00-4:00). You may display your group’s name and have handouts or other visuals about your organization. We will do everything possible to accommodate your schedules.

Thank you for your time and we hope to hear from you. Please call the office Monday-Friday, 641-342-4200 or email ocms@osceolaia.net.

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