This past weekend the society made its first big public splash at the 15th Annual Thunder Bay Home and Garden Show. This three-day event attracts tens of thousands of visitors and was an excellent opportunity to showcase our organization.
Our presence at the show was made possible through the efforts of society Co-President Shelley Simon. Shelley had rented a booth for the Silver Mountain Station and graciously offered to allow the society to share the space. We had a bit of a mad rush the week before to get materials ordered for this event with our new logo, such as a banner, brochures and business cards. With the help of expedited service, everything thankfully arrived well in advance, though I did have to hustle on Friday after work to get it to the show on time.
Shelley, like the trooper she is, manned the booth all weekend. I joined her for a good part of the day on Saturday and society Director Kyle Duckworth stepped up on Sunday. I can only speak for the day I was there, but there was a steady stream of traffic by our location. We quickly went through our supply of brochures and had to fall back on using business cards!
The people who stopped by were genuinely curious about the Silver Mountain and Area Historical Society, and we did get a lot of folks who were eager to share their stories of the area. If anything, the show raised our awareness in the community, especially since we are such a new organization. Hopefully this will lead to a larger membership base in the future. I’m already looking forward to our upcoming events!
Very shortly there will be a board of directors meeting and following that, a society general meeting. This will allow everyone to be brought up to speed on society news and developments. At this time, existing members will have the opportunity to pay their dues and new registrations will also be accepted. Stay tuned for the date, time and location.