The Heritage Center
 In the summer of 2012, the Society purchased the property at 808 South Baker Street
in Mountain Home, which now serves as the Baxter County Heritage Center.
                       
   The Heritage Center is our Society headquarters, and at present provides space to host members and patrons who are interested in county history. At the Center we seek to provide patrons with volunteers who will assist them, a room for library research and study, and with the help of volunteers, access to records housed in our Archives, and for the time being, limited photo and museum exhibits for their information and enjoyment. Purchases of our publications and merchandise can also be made at the Center.
   The Society is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation and depends on the donations of members and friends to accomplish our purposes. Meeting the costs of our Heritage Center mortgage is one of our primary expenses. There are a number of ways for people to support the Society financially. The first is a simple donation in any amount. Some other specific kinds of giving are shown below.

Participate in our "Stones and Mortar" Project
The Mortar level is a donation of $100, which includes a donor name listing in the Baxter County History quarterly.

The Foundation Stone level is a donation of $1000. This gift will be recognized on a black granite tile naming the donor or person(s) in whose honor or memory the donation is made. The tiles are mounted in a display in the Heritage Center, as pictured at left. Each granite tile is 6 x12 inches, and can include 3 lines of text with up to 18 characters on each line. Donations will be listed in the Baxter County History quarterly.


A Name, A Legacy
      There are at present three areas in the Heritage Center which, to acknowledge a major donation, could be named to honor you, your family, or your business or organization.

     A Space-Naming Gift strengthens the work of the Society and provides a highly visible tribute: gifts of this type would be acknowledged by a public presentation and by mounting a beautiful plaque and if desired, a picture in a prominent location in the named space. The information below provides the details of the opportunities to name a space.

                        Name the Heritage Center Lobby - $25,000

 
 The Lobby on the ground floor is the first area that the public sees when they enter the Heritage Center from Baker Street.

At present the lobby area includes a gallery of significant historical photographs of our area, the books and media the Society has published for purchase, and a small portion of our museum collection.

One of the museum pieces is the original soda fountain which stood at the south side of the current lobby in the 1950’s, when the Heritage Center space was used by the original occupants, The Sweet Shop. Expansion of the museum is anticipated for the future by utilizing some of the space on the upper level of the Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center Lobby is an excellent naming opportunity.

 Name the Research Library - $15,000
 

     Also on the ground floor of the Heritage Center is the Research and Study Room, where members the Society and the general public can get down to the business of exploring original historical records and books as they try to find information about their family or the history of our area.

     The Research Room already contains a significant library of reference works which can be consulted and a computer for patron use. Researchers can also use the Archives material in this area. When they provide information on the goal of their research, Society volunteers will pull the appropriate records from the Archives Room and bring the items to be studied in the Research Room.

 Name the Archives Room - $25,000

The Archives Room on the main floor of the Heritage Center is a temperature and humidity-controlled environment designed to safely preserve the records of the past for use by researchers for many generations to come. Here materials acquired by the Society are identified, catalogued and sorted, and stored in archive-safe containers. The work which goes on in this room is meant to provide systematic access to items needed by the public for their historical and family research. Archive volunteers strive to develop a thorough working knowledge of the historical records we hold, to better serve the public.