Museum pushing memberships in May

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan announces May is Museum Membership Month.

To help promote the month, the museum is hosting a special event on May 12 at 7 p.m. that also coincides with May is National Book Month. The Founders Society Book Club, started by members of the museum’s Founders Society, invites the public to a presentation given by local author Laura Kolar.

Kolar will discuss how she went from a “wanna-be” writer to a published author. Her book is titled “Canvas Bound,” and is the first of a three-book series.

The Founders Society also will talk about their book club and what books they have chosen for the year. The club is open to anyone interested in participating.

The May 12 event is free and open to the public. It will include door prizes and refreshments.

In regards to the membership drive, the museum is a non-profit membership corporation and receives no continuing financial support from federal, state or local governmental entities or millages. Consequently, museum memberships provide the financial support for the museum’s operational and educational outreach expenses and enable the regional facility to reach out far beyond the immediate area.

Within the next few weeks alone, students from Cheboygan, Lewiston, Gaylord, Twinning, Au Gres, Rogers City and Onaway, as well as all around Alpena, will be visiting the museum for educational purposes.

“Museum memberships matter,” said Executive Director Chris Witulski. “Besser Museum reflects our community, and we’re able to do what we do because of support from our memberships.”

Witulski said there are different levels of membership available and each carries with it a number of benefits. All membership levels receive free admission for a full year. The amount of money given by an individual taking out a membership may not seem like much, but she said it has a major impact in helping the museum offer all that it does.

“Becoming a member doesn’t just benefit you, but you are investing in something that’s so much larger and that makes a major impact in the lives of children,” Witulski said. “Many memberships will build a community of excellence.”

For more details on membership levels and benefits or to obtain a museum membership, call 356-2202 or go online to