2019 strategic interpretive plan
In Honor of the People of General Motors Assembly Plant 1919 â€“ 2009
1. Loading bricks for the first Brick Distribution. 2. Doris Thom, the first woman to work on the production line. 3. First Blackhawk Credit Union branch on Academy Street. 4. Placing the banner on the last vehicle off the Janesville plantâ€™s assembly line. 5. Illustration of the General Motors Plant in Janesville. 6. Glenn Lea and Pat McGuire.
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INTRODUCTION • A Century of Lives Intertwined • The Legacy Center & Mission • Plan Goal & Vision
PROCESS FOR INTERPRETIVE RESEARCH & PRESERVATION
INTERPRETIVE STRATEGY • Themes • Interpretive Threads • Branding
PHYSICAL MUSEUM & VISITOR EXPERIENCE • Location • Internal Layout • Target Audience • Visitor Experience
OPERATIONAL STRATEGY • Techniques & Methodologies • Programmatic Opportunities • Digital Space • References & Benchmarks • Governance • Funding Strategy • Collaborations
WORK PLANS & TIMELINE
A Century of Lives Intertwined
In 1919 the first tractor rolled off the assembly line at the newly minted Samson Tractor Plant, a division of General Motors, in Janesville, Wisconsin. And there began the story of almost a century of change that included automobile development, plant modernization, union solidarity and strikes, workplace transformation, economic prosperity, and loss: in short, it is a story about America. Fortunately, it is a story that will not end with loss because while the tractor plant gave way to a Chevrolet & Fisher Body Division automobile plant and ultimately evolved to being completely dedicated as a General Motors plant, the stories of the generations who worked there and the resiliency of the residents of Janesville have become valuable history lessons for us all. At its peak in the 1970s, the Janesville General Motors Assembly Plant would employ over 7,000 people in a city of 60,000 and touch every aspect of Janesville life. Spanning over four million square feet on the southside of Janesville along the Rock River, the GM plant would stand as the oldest plant in General Motors and would bear witness to stories of thousands of people who came to work every day under the words: Janesville People Working Together. Tuesday, June 3, 2008 came with news many had feared for years. GM announced that the Janesville plant, along with three others, would close with production ending no later than 2010. While employment at the plant had been reduced over the years, the news was devastating to workers, their families, retirees and Janesville. On December 23, 2008, a ceremony was held to commemorate the end of production with a banner that read, â€œLast Vehicle off the Janesville Assembly Lineâ€? in front of the last Chevrolet Tahoe produced. Symbolic of the role the plant played in the community, the truck was donated to the United Way of Rock County. The plant was decommissioned on April 23, 2009 when they ended the GM/Isuzu light truck partnership. In 2017, the plant was sold to a development company and in 2018, a full century after its beginning, the plant started down the road of demolition. Hanging in the balance was a hundred years of history of a community bound by a plant: a way of life that helped define a town, a work ethic that put Janesville on the map, a promise for security and a way of life for generations. This is a Legacy that should be remembered. 4
The Legacy Center is dedicated to recognizing, preserving, and celebrating the rich history of the workers of the Janesville General Motors Plant and the impact the automobile industry had on everyday life. The Legacy Center will capture and showcase the hard work, pride, and human connection that each worker had through exhibits, educational programs, collections, and research and will provide an opportunity for reflection and remembrance.
The Legacy Center Blackhawk Credit Union was formed on June 18, 1965 with the employees of the Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Janesville and the office employees of UAW Local 95. The first Board of Directors organizational meeting was held September 18, 1965 with 68 people in attendance. In November 1965, Blackhawk Credit Union received its first payroll deduction, which was $1,700 for the week. Many recall it as the first time a company offered the ability to withdraw money from a paycheck to put toward savings.
Having grown from a credit union operating out of a briefcase within the GM plant to one that serves the communities of nine counties in southern Wisconsin and over 50,000 members, the Blackhawk Board of Directors wanted to preserve the rich history of its beginning. The Directors were intimately aware of how employment at the Janesville plant meant so much more than a job and that the emotional upheaval of the closing of the plant would re-emerge as the plant was taken down brick by brick ten years later. In a strategic planning session in 2017, the Board charted its course for the next ten years and by looking back, created a future that will honor its past and all of those a part of it. As result of that strategic planning process, its commitment to the communities it serves, and the impending demolition of the 100-year-old plant, Blackhawk Community Credit Union announced in September 2018 that it would take the lead in ensuring that the legacy of all those who contributed to the Janesville plant continued. The idea for the Legacy Center was born and the Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) was established. 7
This plan is the culmination of the work of many, including Blackhawk employees, Blackhawk members, retired and current GM workers and family members, staff at the Legacy Center and many more. Most importantly, it is the result of people willing to share their stories, artifacts and keepsakes. There are four primary goals of this plan:
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Identify the major themes that the Legacy Center will build upon in pursuing its mission. Provide a cohesive narrative and creative direction for the development and design of the Legacy Center. Outline the key components for the Legacy Center design and its operations. Prioritize future work plans and provide a timeline for the general launch of the Legacy Center.
Our Vision is that this is a story that will inspire others companies and families look to build their
â€œWhen General Motors closed its Janesville auto manufacturing plant in 2009, many thought the city would spiral downward. However, through innovation, determination, new education opportunities, and hard work, the people of Janesville didnâ€™t let that happen. So many have contributed to rebuilding Janesville and it has been our privilege at the credit union to be a part of that. Blackhawk Community Credit Union made loans to people in the community to start businesses and to bridge families through the recession. The people of Janesville are resilient. We believe the city is a model for how other American cities can revitalize. This is a turnaround story that started with the oldest running GM plant built in 1919 and our commitment to preserving its legacy by beginning this project 100 years later in 2019.â€? Sherri Stumpf, CEO - Blackhawk Community Credit Union
From concept launch to opened doors, the Blackhawk Legacy Center in Janesville, Wisconsin requires a unique balance of bold creativity and thoughtful planning. But, most importantly, it requires a commitment to creating a place where thousands of voices from the past, present and future can be shared and emotions felt through photos, stories, artifacts, archives and more.
as communities, legacy in the 21st century. While this is a story of the people who dedicated their careers to the Janesville GM plant and their impact on the Janesville community, the vision for the Legacy Center is that all visitors will be able to find a connection and empathy with the history. It is a story of human connections that spanned a century. It is also a story of hope and the future.
PROCESS FOR INTERPRETIVE RESEARCH & PRESERVATION
The preservation of memorabilia and artifacts
from the Janesville plant has been an important pastime for many, including retirees, family of workers and collecting enthusiasts. Perhaps one of the most iconic stories of preservation is the search for and purchase of an original car built in August of 1923 at the Janesville plant, a 1923 Chevrolet Superior Series B Touring Phaeton. In retrospect, the announcement of the plant closing in Janesville emphasized the importance of this preservation process. As a spotlight turned to Janesville in 2008, national and international news organizations came to town to document the stories of impacted employees. While the Great Recession impacted the entire country, Janesville and Rock County were hit by a tidal wave. Scholars, researchers, and news organizations wanted a behind-thescenes look at what was unfolding. An internationally award-winning book, Janesville: An American Story, was written documenting the plight of those impacted. While these stories focused on the impact of the closing of the plant and a reflection of potential economic forces shaping American jobs and towns, thousands of employees began their own recollection process about what the GM plant meant to them. Items that employees saved became key reflection points and important memorabilia included signs, clothing, retirement pins, hats, thermos cups, posters, UAW retirement cards, jackets, toolboxes and newspaper articles. This personal collection process coupled with the national research has created a rich pool of resources from which to build out the interpretive framework of the Legacy Center. Another important source of information includes UAW Local 95.
The importance of the preservation process escalated with the announcement of the sale of the plant to St. Louis-based developer, Commercial Development Company (CDC), in January of 2018. With full support of CDC, the Legacy Center’s first Director, Dona Dutcher, had access to the plant and a process of securing items began. Perhaps more than any items, the personal stories coming forth are the most important legacy to be captured. Janesville GM End of Era, a Facebook site started by Daniel Mezera in June 2018, has over 7,000 followers and has become an important source for sharing stories and information. A more formal methodology needs to be established and is one of the prime objectives of the Legacy Center.
At the September 2018 public announcement of the launch of the Legacy Center in downtown Janesville, a temporary exhibit was created as backdrop to the announcement. Items included: • Vehicle and production quality award signs • Work issued apparel • Tricycle • UAW campaign buttons • UAW veterans bulletin board • UAW 1937 sit down strike medallion • WWII artillery shell • WWII E awards issued for production excellence • WWII E award invitation and event tickets for award presentation ceremony • Worlds Fair Century of Progress Chicago 1933-1934 : work passports, original program for GM building, including pictures of assembly line constructed to allow the public to watch the actual assembly of vehicles from an observatory balcony • Various tools used in production through the years • Employee years of service awards • Samson Tractor 1919 dedication clay tile from inside the plant • Original poodle skirt outfit from pictures from the cafeteria and original and current photos of Gary and Bonnie Miller 12
Using PastPerfect, which is the leading archiving software for collections, the Legacy Center has begun the process of cataloging items in its possession. The key for next steps will be utilizing the Artifact and Collection Assessment tool to identify what are important items for the Legacy Center to secure through donation or loan. In the process of collecting, the Legacy Center has been mindful of its mission to provide an opportunity for reflection and remembrance. In May and August of 2019, the Legacy Center facilitated the distribution of bricks from the plant site that were headed to the demolition pile. Over 9,000 bricks were distributed to people looking to have a tangible reminder of their service or as a family keepsake. Pictures now are being shared of these bricks being used as important personal mementos.
Based upon the initial research, findings and preservation process undertaken so far, the unique stories of the Janesville plant will be interpreted in the Legacy Center through eight themes that create a framework in which to recognize, preserve, and celebrate the rich history of the workers of the Janesville General Motors Plant. Each theme presented has a unique story line that will help share the multi-dimensional experiences and note-worthy events that were part of the fabric of the Janesville plant:
P L A N T OPERATIONS: A CIT Y WITHIN A CIT Y
AWA R D W I N N I N G V E H I C L E S : F R O M T R A C T O R T O TA H O E
The plant would eventually expand to over four million square feet supported by 7,000 employees at its peak. Major transportation infrastructure including air and rail freight and trucks provided supplies daily, and small secondary industries developed in Rock County to support the plant. Management of the plant involved a highly organized and effective hierarchy that included the UAW organization that utilized zones and committee persons to connect its members. Elections, townhall meetings, and speakers created the feeling of a city within a city with important communication tools, such as the Daily Newsline, Shop Committee Report and Monthly Local 95 UAW Report providing the formal information network. Most importantly these critical points of organizational infrastructure allowed a dedicated workforce to perform in a very strenuous and fast paced environment.
In 1918, James A. Craig convinced William Durant to allow Janesville Machinery to be part of GMâ€™s entry into the farm tractor industry and move the recently purchased Samson Sieve-Grip Tractor Company to Janesville. In 1923, production of the first Chevrolet began in Janesville with a workforce of 660 as a recession caused a disruption to the agricultural sector and soft demand for tractors. By 1929, the Janesville plant had produced its 500,000th car. Eventually, production at the Janesville plant would include full-size cars, J-body cars, pickup trucks, crew cab pickup trucks, full size sport utility vehicles, medium duty trucks, medium duty low cab forward commercial trucks, panel trucks, and a variety of chassis for motor homes, buses and trucks. By 2005, the plant celebrated the production of its 16-millionth vehicle since 1923. 14
W O R L D ’ S FA I R : A CENTURY OF PROGRESS
U AW L A B O R M O V E M E N T: Q U A L I T Y W O R K , S T E A D Y PAY
The 1933 World’s Fair held in Chicago showcased advances in science and technology emphasizing travel, automobiles and architecture. With the fair’s theme focused around a century of technological advances, it is not a surprise that General Motors proved to be extremely influential. The GM pavilion featured an authentic assembly line where thousands of visitors could watch as automotive workers in pristine white jumpsuits assembled brand new Chevrolets right in front of their eyes. The Janesville GM plant supplied 200 employees to the fair which hosted over 48 million visitors during its two years of exhibition.
As the United States labor movement took off in the early 1930s, industrial institutions across the country began seeing pressure from workers to receive fair pay and better working conditions. In 1937, following the lead of the Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan, 2,700 employees of the Janesville Fisher Body and General Motors plant participated in a sit-down-strike that lasted over five weeks. The nationwide strike resulted in a national contract allowing the UAW to become a functional part of plant life.
W O R L D WA R I I : A CALL TO SERVICE
W O M E N ’ S M O V E M E N T: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
In April of 1942, the Janesville GM plant shifted gears and began producing artillery shells for the World War II effort. Taken over by the General Motors’ Oldsmobile Division, the plant spent three years producing over 16 million artillery shells. During this time the plant moved from one shift a day to three, but employees never faulted knowing full well that many others were making much greater sacrifices overseas.
Since the founding of the National Women’s Bureau in the early 1940s and the adaptation of the Women’s Department at the UAW local 95, women have proven to be an important and influential part of the plant’s workforce. In the beginning women were only allowed to work in positions that men refused to do, such as the cushion line and punching timecards. Not until the intervention by the UAW and the passing of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1960s, were women allowed to be hired plant wide.
BEYOND A JOB: A FA M I LY & C O M M U N I T Y
THE CLOSURE: END OF AN ERA & NEW BEGINNINGS
Employment at the Janesville plant provided a life beyond line work. Social networks developed through the union hall and included social events, departments, shifts, sports team and volunteer opportunities. Labor Day Festival, annual food drives, and endless support of local charities embodied the commitment to community that defined working at the plant and UAW membership. The connection to each other was strengthened with the multiple generations working at the plant. The plant offered a family an opportunity and hope that their children would have a secure future that would provide for a middle-class life surrounded by a strong community.
Foreshadowed by decades of decline, the US auto industry was the hardest hit in the Great Recession that shed 8.8 million jobs. In Janesville and the surrounding area, almost 9,000 people lost their jobs driving unemployment to 13.5%. Janesville was a GM town, recruiting new production over the decades through its top-notch workforce and fending off closure. In 2008, the road ended. Blackhawk Technical Collegeâ€™s enrollment swelled by 54% in the fall of 2009 as the unemployed looked to change careers and others accessed the Rock County Job Center supported by national and state grants for job training. Many employees hoping to finish their 30 years of service with GM would transfer to plants, including Fort Wayne and Kansas City and keep their families in Janesville. Others chose to move. Regardless of the route taken, the workforce and Janesville faced unchartered waters in the coming years and the stories are still being written today.
While the Legacy Center will share individual themes, there are common threads that weave these independent storylines into a cohesive fabric that paints a picture about a soul of a community. These threads will be explored in context of all the themes: 1 . S A C R I F I C E 2. P R I D E , W O R K E T H I C & S E N S E O F P U R P O S E 3. H U M A N C O N N E C T I O N
In creating an identity from which to begin this journey, the Blackhawk team could have easily picked a symbol from the collection, the past. Instead, the decision was made to create something new. That represents a bridge from the past to the future. The Legacy Center logo represents an inspirational view, flat on the bottom, curved at the top. The image has multiple lines to represent sharing the multiple strands of the many stories. The image is reminiscent of a crest â€“ part of a family. This is the logo of the Legacy Center, of the stories of the Janesville Assembly Plant family.
PHYSICAL MUSEUM & VISITOR EXPERIENCE
The determination of the location of the Legacy Center has been a critical component to telling these stories. With the pending sale of the GM plant and its surrounding 100 acres, a different location was needed. Initially, significant work was undertaken with the city and project leaders to create a building complex that would both serve the need for a new headquarters for the expanding Blackhawk Community Credit Union and the Legacy Center. Ultimately the decision was made to separate the two entities, In 2019, an agreement was reached for Blackhawk to purchase the former Chase Bank, a 45,000 square foot vacant building on West Milwaukee Street, a critical intersection of downtown Janesville, from a local private developer who desired to see the historic space renovated, not demolished.
The three-story building originally known as the First National Bank, will be restored to its original look. The credit union plans to remove a glass and granite facade that has covered the building’s 1913 exterior for more than 40 years. Inside, the credit union plans to uncover the building’s original cathedral ceiling as part of a restoration that will make the building’s three-story interior open and visible from the first-floor lobby for the first time since the late 1950s.
The original building will serve as the Legacy Center main entrance and will focus entirely on the contents of the Legacy Center. The modern additions that comprise the newer second floor office space and drive through area will undergo renovations and support the Legacy Center, as well as offer space for other enterprises. These renovations will include filling in the ground floor teller space and removing the modern faĂ§ade, as well. The faĂ§ade design for the modern additions is being led by the architectural firm, Angus Young with the understanding that the final building complex will be a landmark structure in the context of the Janesville ARISE plan, which is dedicated to revitalizing downtown. An element of historical appreciation with an eye to looking for the future is critical as this building serves as a symbol of the closing of one era and the ushering in of a new one. The construction contractor responsible for the project is JP Cullen, a fifth-generation family owned general contractor, whose work includes restoration of the Wisconsin State Capitol and Milwaukeeâ€™s City Hall. JP Cullen was the original contractor to build the Samson Tractor Plant and constructed the First National Bank in 1913. In subsequent years, it would be JP Cullen that would complete multiple renovations on both the GM site and the bank site and through their work, chronicle the development of Janesville.
The location of the site will be at a critical intersection (West Milwaukee Street and Festival Street) for downtown Janesville revitalization plans. Next door to the Legacy Center will be the first downtown hotel in decades. A block away is the newly created Town Square, an over $20 million public/private effort to refocus the downtown on the Rock River and make it a gathering place throughout the year. The Town Square project recently won the Wisconsin Public Works Project of the Year Award in 2019. In addition, the property is adjacent to a park that honors WWI and WWII veterans. Recent renovations have seen West Milwaukee Street, whose many buildings were vacant and run down, become a site for burgeoning new retail businesses. In summary, the location of the restoration project that will honor the history of many will also help to bring a bright future to downtown. In addition to the West Milwaukee Street location, secondary archives and collection sites in Milton and Beloit will be maintained. While not the primary focus, the history of the original bank and development of the historic restoration will be shared at the Legacy Center.
From a space utilization perspective, the buildout will need to serve several functional needs: • Exhibit space to share the Legacy Center themes, including artifacts, photos, videos • Reflection and inspiration • Showcase for public art from the inspiration of GM artifacts • Community engagement and education • Administrative functions • Research • Commercial opportunities to create multi-use of campus • Collection and archives
chronicling the closing of the plant is an indication of that interest. This includes scholars, researchers and travelers who are interested, but not limited to these spheres:
With location and themes in hand, the aspirational goals for the Legacy Center and rich history to be shared will make the internal design phase challenging. There will need to be a balance to share treasured artifacts, but to also allow visitors to reflect and find, perhaps, a sense of peace. Ultimately designing the space with the audience and desired experience in mind will be critical.
• UAW movement • Labor and civil rights • Economic development and impact on communities
The audiences for the Legacy Center will be initially and most importantly:
• Anthropological and sociological implications of a large employer in a small community
• Former employees of the Janesville GM Assembly Plant and their families • Current GM employees who have transferred to other plants from Janesville
Ultimately, the goal for the Legacy Center is to be a welcome place for all families to appreciate the story of the workers of the Janesville GM Assembly Plant and to relate to their own experiences and aspirations.
• Rock County residents • United Auto Worker members and retirees • Students The goal is that by identifying critical themes that in most cases shaped America in the 20th century that it will draw a national audience. The vast interest in
Strongly developed criteria for a museum experience can foster discovery and engagement in a visitor and most importantly, establish a meaningful relationship between the visitor and the place. Ask people to share their favorite museum, site or park and the words they use are as much emotional as they are descriptive. The desired visitor experience at the Legacy Center will ultimately be a unique combination of place, history, assets and collections arranged in a non-linear thematic approach giving visitors the freedom to explore the many themes and stories of the Janesville GM plant. The goal is to have people recognize the place â€“ to travel back in time to the south side of Janesville and have a sense that a shift is happening as they are about to enter the building. The entrance of the museum has a unique opportunity to be inspiring with its three level entrance and coffered ceilings. Inspiring visitors to experience a moment of appreciation that their history is safely kept in such a significant building is paramount.
Seven criteria for the visitor experience have been established: CRITERIA #1 Provide Visual Cues that Trigger Memories CRITERIA #2 Foster Storytelling CRITERIA #3 Create Awareness of the Magnitude of the Development of the Plant Community CRITERIA #4 Create an Opportunity for Reflection and Peace CRITERIA #5 Provide a Space that Feels Welcoming & Accessible CRITERIA #6 Establish that a Return Visit Will Be Worthwhile CRITERIA #7 Offer a Keepsake
Eight themes, 100 years of history, thousands of stories and artifacts in 10,000 square feet is a tall order. Space and exhibit design, collection techniques and methodologies and technology are critical. Using a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional approaches, the Legacy Center will work to convey the desired visitor experience through these techniques:
Timelines: Conveying key milestones of the plant and its community over the years through timelines will give the visitor, even if unfamiliar to the story, an anchor from which to explore the various themes. This will also help people understand the change that occurred over the century.
First Person Accounts: Perhaps more than anything, the accounts of those who worked at the plant will be incredibly important and conveyed through photos, videos, first person accounts, and articles. This will also encourage visitors to add to the body of collection by leaving their own thoughts and feelings.
Immersive Environments: By utilizing artifacts collected from the site and from donations to the collection, it is important to transport the visitor to the plant. From seeing the first car produced to identifying the signs that welcomed workers every day, artifacts and memorabilia will be a key tool in establishing this familiar environment. In addition, material from the plant will be used to create public art further intertwining the plant environment into the Legacy Center and helping people think about the past and adaptations for the future.
Utilization of the Senses: One aspect to consider is how can this information be conveyed beyond just seeing things. Can a re-creation of what the plant sounded like or the sounds of a strike be established? What were the smells to people when they arrived at work? This balance of the senses will be important so as not to overwhelm the visitor with one direction.
Layering of Stories: This technique will be important as the Legacy Center explores the key themes such as womenâ€™s roles in the plant. How did this evolve and how did this relate to what was happening in the nation?
Technology: Proper use of technology will allow the Legacy Center to tie all the information together in limited space and allow visitors to access records, pictures, and memorabilia beyond the exhibits.
By focusing on themes and interpretive threads, there are multiple ways to explore and share information. One particular strategy will be to identify 2-3 key themes for a year and build exhibits, research or collections around this. This will encourage visitors to return. In addition, by creating a space for lectures, classes and sharing, the Legacy Center can offer opportunities for people to be part of the museum. Membership will be explored and allow people to be connected. Inviting researchers to the Legacy Center will help promote its vision and create national awareness.
As memorabilia, records, blueprints, videos, news articles, films and more are collected the digital strategy for capturing and sharing the rich history of Janesvilleâ€™s GM plant will be imperative. In conjunction with the strategy for deploying technology at the Legacy Center, digitizing the collection will be an important effort. Collaboration with other institutions on the best process to do so will be essential. The digital space includes creating affinity groups that can help build content, as well as accessing information and archives. Educational information created during focused themes for a year are important candidates for making this story accessible beyond a â€œphysical space.â€?
References & Benchmarks
Inspiration is an important element for design. The process of envisioning the Legacy Center has included visits to other sites and museums. In discussion with the Board, staff and stakeholders, six sites stand out as points of reference. This is not meant to duplicate, but serve as examples where clearly the mission, vision and desired visitor experience was actuated. These sites include: LARGER SCALE • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in Green Bay, Wisconsin • City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois
The Legacy Center is a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation established in August 2018. The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors with Sherri Stumpf, President of the Board. The composition of Board membership, officers and responsibilities is defined by the bylaws of the corporation adopted by the Board of the Legacy Foundation on May 2019.
With support from the Blackhawk Board of Directors, Blackhawk will fund the buildout of the Legacy Center and its early operations. The goal is to establish earned income opportunities that will support the operations. This will include grants/sponsorships, rental income from onsite partners and use of the space, and products/membership. A budget for the building renovations has been established and an operational budget will be developed for exhibit design and launch as part of the next work plans.
• Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin MORE INTIMATE SCALE • Wisconsin Veterans Museum
The goal is to eventually establish relationships with other organizations that have common interest as it relates to the Legacy Center Mission, Vision and Core Themes. Already sharing of information and ideas has occurred with the Rock County Historical Society, Hedberg Public Library, Wayne State University, and General Motors. Potential future collaborative partners are: • GM Heritage Center • Museum of Automotive History • Cahn & Associates- Archives Department • Solidarity Group Archives • John Deere Museum • UAW Union Hall
WORK PLAN & TIMELINE
While this strategic interpretive plan has mapped out key criteria and guideposts for the development of the Legacy Center, detailed plans must follow that allow for execution. The next two years are critical. Below is a general timeline of these activities.
Process for Interpretive Research
Secure Site 3Q19
Exhibit Build Out
Strategic Interpretive Plan
Concept Exhibit & Visitor Circulation Plan
Launch of Legacy
Archive & Selection Assessment 3Q19
Concept Plan for Displays
Annual Operating Plan
Demolition & Explore Site 4Q19
Opening Fall 2021
Gap Analysis for Current Collection
Deed of Gifts/Donation Form Loan Document Disaster Plan & Fire/Water Protection Plan Construction Begins 2Q20
Board of Directors Sherri Stumpf, President Mary Frederick, Vice President Matt Wohlers, Treasurer John “Mac” McGinniss, Secretary Gary Mawhinney, Director John Jenks, Director Dona Dutcher, Curator Pete Skelly, Advisor Mike Reuter, Advisor (not pictured)
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The Legacy Center is dedicated to recognizing, preserving, and celebrating the rich history of the workers of the Janesville General Motors...
Published on Jan 14, 2020
The Legacy Center is dedicated to recognizing, preserving, and celebrating the rich history of the workers of the Janesville General Motors...