Work Hard, Play Hard
By Melissa Peterson, MNHS Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
After a weekend of exploring Indianapolis, it was time to get back to work!
Today marks the half way point of SHA. It’s hard to believe that we have reached this point as it feels like we arrived only a few days ago. That is until I think about all we have covered in the past the days:
- museum finances
- advocating for government support
- raising revenue through entrepreneurial strategies
- building and influencing relationships with board members and donors
- building community engagement
It is enough to make one’s head spin! These sessions alone have given me much to think about for when I return to the office. They have challenged me to look beyond where my museum currently is, dream big, and creat a plan to find a way to accomplish the dream. Change doesn’t come overnight, but I can take steps now to be ready to implement larger changes. I can brainstorm with my team – what are our wasting assets and how can we use them to create new revenue streams. What relationships in my community do we need to start building? Small steps along our journey.
To give our brains a break for solving all our museum conundrums, this week we have gone to a Pacers game. For many it was our first NBA experience!
Some of us also headed to a local pub for traditional Irish music, while others have set up camp in the Canal room at the hotel creating our own space to hangout, play cards and discuss everything from work to sharing bad pirate jokes! I am thankful for my classmates – they are a fantastic crew and I am learning just as much through our social time as official class time.