Daily Activities Committee

Daily Adventures

(Note: Please do NOT edit this page. To submit programming ideas for Daily Adventures, please go to the Daily Adventures page).

Committee Guidelines

Thanks for being willing to serve on the Daily Adventures Committee!

Committee Meeting Times:
3rd Thursday of each month (after Jan.).
4-5 pm at the American West Heritage Center

Before continuing, you may want to review the AWHC's Mission & Goals.

The Daily Adventures Committee is an action-oriented committee that will enhance the daily programming that takes place at the American West Heritage Center each summer. We seek to make each and every day at the Heritage Center as exciting as possible, taking into account current and future resources of money, time and energy of volunteers and Heritage Center staff. Ultimately, our goal is to make Daily Adventures into a world-class, living history and outdoor folk-life attraction that will boost attendance and support to the Heritage Center over the summer and and attract both local visitors and tourists from outside our immediate area. The Committee will assist in this venture by doing the following:

• Attend monthly meetings.

• Assist in planning and idea-gathering.

• Take responsibilities for various elements of Daily Adventures as assigned by the chair and work to complete them.

• Organizing, when needed, ad hoc committees and subcommittees to assist in the completion of assignments.

The Daily Adventures Committee will approach several elements of Daily Adventures, including:

• Helping to create interpretive "scripts" and conceive of possible activities for:

  • a Native American interpretive area
  • a fur trade interpretive area
  • a Pioneer interpretive area
  • a 1917 farm and home interpretive area
  • the Welcome Center
  • a Frontier Town/Gunfighter interpretive area (for 2008; possibly bus tours in 2007)

• Providing planning and possible coordination for food and lunch opportunities to visitors.

• Providing ideas for marketing and promotion of Daily Adventures and helping to implement these ideas.


Overall Planning Thoughts and Guidelines

Resources:

  1. Money
  2. Staff and Volunteers
  3. Energy
  4. Infrastructure

To keep in mind: What can we do …

  1. this year
  2. in two years
  3. in three years
  4. in four years
  5. in five years

Specific Planning:

A. What happens during the day? Daily Schedule (for 2007, we want to emphasize ONE thing at a time to keep crowds together so it seems "busy").

A. Daily events (site wide or standard)

  1. cow milking
  2. plowing demonstration
  3. party or celebratory event (tea party, handcart trek, etc.)
  4. guest demonstrations
  5. film event of some kind?
  6. overview tour of Heritage Center?
  7. fishing?
  8. playground?

B. Native American Site

  1. Interpretation & scripts
    1. whose story are we telling? (specifically: do we choose an individual or family?)
    2. 12 most important points
  2. activities: things to DO
  3. animal interaction
  4. craft
  5. site layout & design
  6. hours open:
  7. signage & artifacts
  8. other concerns:

C. Fur Trade Site

  1. Interpretation & scripts
    1. whose story are we telling? (specifically: do we choose an individual or company?)
    2. 12 most important points
  2. activities: things to DO
  3. animal interaction
  4. craft
  5. site layout & design
  6. hours open:
  7. signage & artifacts
  8. other concerns:

D. Pioneer Site

  1. Interpretation & scripts
    1. whose story are we telling? (specifically: do we choose a specific family?)
    2. 12 most important points
  2. activities: things to DO
  3. animal interaction
  4. craft
  5. site layout & design
  6. hours open:
  7. signage & artifacts
  8. other concerns:

E. 1917 Farm Site

  1. Interpretation & scripts
    1. whose story are we telling? (the Wyatt family)
    2. 12 most important point
  2. activities: things to DO
  3. animal interaction
  4. craft
  5. site layout & design
  6. hours open:
  7. signage & artifacts
  8. other concerns:

Minutes for meeting Jan. 17

Members present: David Sidwell, Steve DeLong, Gary Anderson, Jenette Purdy, Liz Johnson, Carey Dufner, Lorraine Bowen, Patty Timbimboo-Madsen.

1. David welcomed everyone to the meeting. Gary suggested that the name of the committee be changed so as not to confuse this committee with its oversight committee, the Programming Committee. The name has been changed to Daily Activities Committee, per a suggestion from Steve.

2. David explained how the committee would work—that it's a working committee, and that members would volunteer for or receive assignments to complete to make Daily Adventures as successful as possible.

3. In terms of overall planning, David advised keeping resources in mind

  1. Money
  2. Staff and Volunteers
  3. Energy
  4. Infrastructure

and also advised to keep planning in mind as to what could happen this year and in subsequent years.

4. Gary advised strongly for keeping CUSTOMER SERVICE in mind at all times, and told a story about when he and his wife went to Hamilton's and received very good treatment on their anniversary. The hosts and servers all remember to congratulate them, and even packaged a dessert for them to take home. They were impressed, and we should make every attempt to make our visitors comfortable and informed. "You can get lost" out here, he indicated. Certainly bringing everything a bit closer together will help, but we still need to pay close attention to how the customer feels at all times. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT GOAL FOR US THIS YEAR!

5. We briefly reviewed what each site would contain:

  1. a script (talking points),
  2. activities and things to DO
  3. animal interaction
  4. a craft to do
  5. site design and layout
  6. hours open
  7. signage and artifacts used
  8. other concerns

As we spoke about scripts and devising talking points, Gary reminded us that several years ago, Symposia were held to help determine these talking points. They are on video and here at the Heritage Center somewhere! David vowed to find them and get them on DVD for all to review. Printed materials also attended the videos.

6. David outlined possible activities for Daily Adventures, including daily plowing demonstrations, weekly heritage food tasting events, daily parties or celebrations, daily guest artists, and other things. You can review these activities in the attending notes.

7. At the next meeting, David will have identified areas of need for which assignments will be made. He encouraged all to browse the notes and the wiki online and see areas of need for which you might have interest. In this way, you can gravitate toward assignments that sound fun and interesting.

At precisely 5 pm, David closed the meeting and we adjourned.

The next Daily Activities meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4 pm.

Thanks to all who came! It was a great first meeting!


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