The MontgomeryMuseum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center was selected as this year’s Leadership New River Valley “Legacy Project,” sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. A group of 25 leaders representing businesses in Montgomery County, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg spent the year learning about the mission, goals, and needs of the Museum. Located in Christiansburg on Pepper Street, the Museum is housed in a historic colonial building and focuses on collecting, preserving, and telling the story of Montgomery County. It is most widely known for hosting the annual Heritage Days event. The Museum also displays local art, rotated regularly throughout the year.
Virginia Tech faculty member, Reed Kennedy, worked with the Museum’s Board to create its first five-year strategic plan. Building upon its mission of “preserving history, presenting art,” the Museum identified goals and strategies to increase revenue through new sources, increase volunteer engagement and membership, and improve its space. At the end of the year, the Leadership NRV class presented the Museum’s staff and Board with recommendations around event planning and promotion, membership outreach, targeting growth through data collection, and space planning and future growth.