Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Betts House wants your ideas, time

The Betts House Research Center wants your feedback on what past exhibits you've enjoyed, and what programs you'd like to see in the future.

It has prepared a short online survey consisting of several multiple choice questions, taking only a few minutes to complete.

"The Betts House wants to be more engaged with the community and expand programming in a way that is meeting a community need and/or desire, so getting visitor feedback – or even feedback from people who haven’t visited but have an interest in our mission – is important as we make plans for the coming years," says Julie Carpenter, executive director of the Betts House.

Carpenter also says that, with a staff consisting of only herself, she's looking for volunteers to give house tours or to help out with Family Fun Saturdays.

"Volunteers provide critical support for the house," she says. "We rely on volunteers for yard maintenance and working with our soon-to-be herb garden."

Additional assistance could allow the Betts House to expand its hours, Carpenter says.

"Volunteers don't have to be historians or architects, just interested in the story of the house and willing to learn," she says.

From Tenements to Townhouses: Multi-Family Housing in Cincinnati is currently on view at the Betts House through September 30. Curated by Cincinnati Preservation Association Preservation Director Margo Warminski, the exhibit examines the physical structures and social constructs of the area's multi-family buildings, from the City's first tentative steps in apartment living in the late 1800s all the way through the 20th century.

Located at 416 Clark Street in the West End, the Betts House Research Center is open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on July 10 and 24 from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment.

For information or to volunteer, contact the Betts House by calling (513) 651-0734 or by e-mailing BettsHouseRC@fuse.net.

Previous reading on BC:
Lectures, tours coincide with Betts' multi-family housing exhibit (5/10/10)
Latest Betts House exhibit focuses on local apartment development (4/15/10)
'Holidays at the Betts House' runs through January 6 (12/2/09)
Betts House receives state award for 'Great Cincinnati Families' exhibit (11/16/09)
Historic residence exhibit at Christ Church Cathedral (2/12/09)