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The Cultural Impact of a Museum In a Small Community: The Hour Glass in Ogden Dunes

  • Smith, Stephanie
  • Mark, Steve
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
South Shore Journal
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The present article provides a description of the impact a private donation had on the cultural and artistic life of a community.  In Ogden Dunes, a small residential community on the shores of Lake Michigan, long-time resident Sue Mechtersheimer donated a house of historical value (the former residence of O.D. Frank, an iconic figure in Ogden Dunes) to the Historical Society of Ogden Dunes (HSOD). The HSOD turned the house into a museum called The Hour Glass.  The Hour Glass has a permanent collection of a variety of items of artistic, cultural, and historic value.  The museum also features special exhibits of photographs, paintings, drawings, crafts, and architectural work, and serves as a location of educational, cultural, and historical lectures.  Moreover, The Hour Glass has contributed to the social cohesion of the community by bringing residents together, thus helping to maintain a strong sense of regional identity.

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