At the Bartow History Museum’s third annual bake sale, area residents satisfied their sweet tooth while raising money for the Cartersville venue.
“We sold out at 2 o’clock,” said Charity Chastain, BHM’s manager of programs. “[We] completely sold out, which has never happened, and we made over $900. So we beat last year by 300 [dollars]. I would say [we surpassed last year’s total] probably by 11:30.
“We’re just very grateful for all the support [from] our members, our volunteers because they also shopped the bake sale. Those that didn’t donate also shopped it and then some did both — shopped it and donated. And we’re very grateful to all the new people that came out to see what we were all about. We had some admissions off of the attendance to the bake sale. So some people got to see the museum that had never made the trip there.”
Formed in 1987, the BHM welcomed more than 14,000 visitors last year. Since Dec. 10, 2010, the venue’s gift shop, multi-purpose room, and permanent and temporary exhibits have been housed in the 1869 Courthouse, 4 E. Church St. — under the Church Street bridge. Divided into six galleries, the permanent exhibits include “A Sense of Place,” “Bartow Beginnings,” “Community Champions,” “People at Work,” “The Coming War” and “Toward New Horizons.”
Proceeds from the bake sale went toward the museum’s overall operations, including its educational programming.
“This [will help] cover lectures, camps, field trip supplies, all those types of things — anything that falls in our education realm,” Chastain said. “And it’s just another way to fund those projects and events that we want to offer [the community] in the future. With our summer camps, we served over 75 children this summer. Then with our lectures, we serve [an average of about] 700 people a year. [One] of our most popular lectures this year was obviously when Justice [Robert] Benham came to speak about African-American businesses in Bartow County.
“… The lectures are another way for us to touch on different aspects of Bartow County history, whether it be the men that served in World War II, whether it be Cherokee history and Cherokee removal or something as simple as gardening. It’s just another way for us to continue to grow the museum, to grow our numbers and our membership and our outreach to the community. And [it also enables us to] show off the exhibits, but then also to tie in more than what our exhibits can handle because we can only show off so much in one museum.”
Along with having the opportunity to learn about food preservation and canning, shoppers at the bake sale had a wide range of treats to purchase. From whole cakes to brownies, the donated items were contributed by about 13 Bartow County businesses as well as BHM staff, volunteers and supporters.
Among the contributors were Connie and Ed Bostick, who donated guava pastries for the fundraiser.
“My husband loves to bake and I’m a volunteer here. So he’s doing his thing because he likes to bake and it helps the museum and I’m [participating] because I’m a volunteer,” said Connie Bostick, who volunteers in the BHM’s archives department. “And when you volunteer, you should … help out [in various ways] and I like to do that.
“For me personally and never living in a small town before, I think [the community and the museum] is wonderful. We have an old house and I know the history of the house and I know who lived there. You just connect with the community when you go to the History Museum. You go into it and you see things that have been donated by people you know and maybe people you grew up with. It’s just a wonderful way to connect to the community.”
For more information about the Bartow History Museum’s offerings, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org or call 770-382-3818.