The Mebane Historical Society &Museum is located in Mebane North Carolina. The town has a population of 11,393 (2013).About 75% of the population is white, 20% African-American, 6% Latino/ Hispanic, and about 5% other. The town of Mebane is located in Alamance and some parts of Orange County. Mebane is also about an hour away from Greensboro and about half an hour away from Durham. Since the Mebane School system consists of Alamance County, Orange County and Burlington there is a combination of four elementary schools, four middle schools three High Schools, and one private school that cater to Mebane school adolescents. Some of the largest employers in Mebane are GKN Driveline North America, Meadwestvaco Healthcare Packaging, AKG of America Inc, and Sports Endeavors Inc.
The Mebane Historical Society is operated by Alamance County and Mebane City Government. Surrounded by the Mebane Historical Society is Alamance Battleground, Textile Heritage Museum, and Alamance County Historical Museum. The museum is run by one director and a few volunteers. The Museum is in charge of collecting and preserving materials related to the town of Mebane along with creating educational programs that engage visitors about Mebane’s past and possible future.
The Mebane Historical Society has both internal and external needs. Internally the Mebane Historical Society needs to increase visitation and from their website they seem to improving their programs which will hopefully help improve the numbers for visitation. Externally much of the Mebane community are old white retirees. So the community doesn’t’ have a bunch of money to donate plus older citizens have very strong interests and are not always open to change. Also the museum does have some technology like videos to help engage with its audience but the videos don’t really attract anyone’s attention.
The Mebane Historical Society and Museum needs to improve its exposure. With the new Tanger Outlet Mall and other shops being adding The Mebane Historical Society could advertise in the mall to help increase visitation. The town of Mebane is growing and with it so should the Museum. It would also be a good idea to maybe partner up with the Tanger Outlet Mall and coordinate events. I know the Museum is trying to improve its programing now with better public programs that can cater to everyone instead of just the old white retirees. But it also wouldn’t hurt for the museum to try and do another big fundraiser to get more funding and more attention. There is a billboard on the highway for the Mebane Historical Society but doesn’t grab anyone’s attention. Instead of putting up a billboard on the highway if they transferred that advertisement over to the Tanger outlet mall people it would probably do more good. Those same people wondering around shopping are the same people and touring looking for something to do. A better Facebook and Twitter page could also help draw in more young people as well.