Museum launches membership drive

JASPER — The Dubois County Museum is holding a membership drive — 2019 memberships are available and prospective new members are invited to take advantage of a special offer.

By purchasing a 2019 membership now, new members will be granted free admission into the museum for exhibits and programs for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019. The membershiups  will be good until Dec. 31, 2019. Present members with 2018 memberships also are reminded to renew now for 2019.  People may use their membership every time they visit the museum.

Cost of memberships are $25 for individuals, $40 for couples, $50 for family (just applies to those living in a home; not to extended family), $100 for bronze, $250 for copper, $500 for silver, $1,000 for gold, $3,000 for platinum and $5,000 for benefactor.

Four programs are planned for family fun in October. Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Fall Harvest Day is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. A model train show and swap meet, featuring model trains running and a train set made exclusively of Legos, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,  Oct. 20. Also on Oct. 20, “The Return of Sunshine,” poems by a laureate for ecstatic grandparents, will begin at 2 p.m. Jasper native Norb Krapf will do his first reading from his new book of poetry in the conference room.

November programs begin with Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the children’s area. The theme is “Scarecrows.” The opening of Festival of Trees will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, with the program beginning at 6 p.m. The theme is “Americana/God Bless America.” Haysville Ruritan will hold its annual raffle drawing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. The Kinder Karneval, a German festival for elementary-aged children put on by JHS students studying German, will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Christmas carols will be sung by the Singing Seniors at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Refreshments will be served.

O’Tannebaum Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. Breakfast will be served with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost is $10. Christmas crafts, activities and visits with Santa will be featured. Contact for reservations. Strings Inc. will present a violin concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Violin musical entertainment by Lisa Hoppenjans will be heard at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on the front porch.

The cookie walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the children’s area.

The Dubois County Country Cloggers will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; refreshments will be served. Blake Buechlein will bring in the alligator found in Patoka River and his collection of reptiles (snakes, lizards, tortoises and turtles) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

The museum will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, but will open for normal hours on December 26 through 30 for families and guests needing a place to visit and escape cabin fever. A listing of 2019 programs and exhibits will be released in late December. 

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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