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2017 Annual Membership Meeting of the Richmond Museum Association

 

Thanks so much to all the members of the Richmond Museum Association (RMA) who attended the annual meeting on Sunday February 26, 2017! The event was productive, informative and fun! Executive Director Melinda McCrary provided a report on the 2016 activities at the Richmond Museum of History. Director of Ship’s Operations and newly elected board member Johannes Hoech gave a similar report for the SS Red Oak Victory. Congrats to both Melinda and Johannes for successful 2016 at the Museum and Ship!

Congratulations to the new RMA board members that were elected by the membership at the meeting! Michael Davenport, Lynn Maack, Johannes Hoech and (incumbent) Jeffrey Wright have joined the board for the 2017-2020 cycle. The meeting finished with a riveting presentation by Mayor of Richmond Thomas K. Butt. Thank you to all who attended and for your continued support!

 

The Richmond Museum Association welcomes a new Director!

At the annual membership meeting of the Richmond Museum Association (RMA) held on January 11, 2015, Ms. Lydia Stewart of Stewart’s Rose Manor Funeral Service was elected as the newest member of the RMA Board of Directors!

Ms. Stewart comes to the RMA with impressive credentials!! She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She has performed graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and also at the University of San Francisco Law School. She has taught English to middle  and high school students for both West Contra Costa and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.  Also being schooled in the Performing Arts, she has taught Drama and Dance at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond, California.

Some of Ms. Stewart’s Honors and Awards are as follows:

  • 2001 “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Woman’s Federation
  • 2002 “Young Funeral Director of the Year” by the California Funeral Directors Association
  • 2003 Honored for her contribution to African American Entrepreneurship by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • 2003 Honored by the Phylaxis Society for Bucks/Business in the four B’s Award Program
  • 2003 Honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by Soroptimist International
  • 2010 Honored by the Beta Pi Sigma Sorority as a “Woman of Valor” and recognized by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and City of Richmond
  • 2010 Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to the community from Elisabeth Missionary Baptist Church at their “History Making Program”
  • 2010 Honored and recognized by the California Funeral Directors Association for significant contributions to the funeral industry
  • 2013 Received Honorable Judge George Carroll Community Service Award by the “Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC)
  • 2013 Certificate of Recognition from California Senate for Exemplary Work and Outstanding Dedication
  • 2013 Certificate of Recognition from California Legislature Assembly for Continued Commitment to Community
  • 2013 Certificate of Achievement from the US State Congressman for community service

 

Welcome to the RMA, Lydia!

Help the Richmond Museum of History Renovate the Permanent Exhibit!

The Richmond Museum of History is very proud to be one of the oldest organizations dedicated to local history in West County! Although many things get better with age, museum exhibits do not always age gracefully. The permanent exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History was installed in 1980 and we are excited to announce we are fundraising to renovate it! The exhibit renovation will be completed in stages by chronology, so the first area that will be redone is the Native American section of the permanent exhibit. Richmond was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years before arrival of the Spanish, and that time period has been the subject of considerable research.

The permanent exhibit will be interpretive, interactive, and accessible to all in our community when it is completely finished. We intend for the exhibit to present multiple points of view, so that all people in our diverse community will feel accurately represented. Will you please consider making a small donation toward the renovation effort?