Closing of the Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum – See Before September 15
Dear Friends of Miss Alice,
I am very proud of the Museum that we have created in the Depot, its layout and its appeal to out of town visitors coming to Bay St Louis. That said, during my recent vacation with my cousin Mike Krawchek in Gulf Shores, I spent a lot of time thinking and talking with Mike about my future and the future of the Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum.
As most of you might know, I will be 78 in December and have been experiencing increasing health problems. Quite frankly I have reluctantly recognized that I’ve no longer have the interest or the energy to run the Museum nor do I want to spend the rest of my days dealing with the stresses that running a Museum entails. It was my mom’s plan that her Museum be a gift to the city of Bay St Louis and I have spent the 10 years since her death trying to fulfill that wish.
Small family museums like the Alice Moseley tend to die out as family members die out unless they are handed over to some organized group that will reconstitute itself as its members pass on. The Alice Moseley Museum has been unable to locate such a successor group and I have decided to close the Museum and use the assets accumulated by my mother and me for other charitable purposes.
My mother was honored that there would be a Museum displaying her paintings for future generations, but was very adamant that she did not want the bulk of our estates used up, as she put it, “just keep in the doors open.” It is essential, for my own estate planning purposes, that I get our charitable bequests dedicated and our art and antique collections placed at a museum with a long-term future.
The Museum will close to the public on September 15, 2014.
Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Noon to 4pm on Sundays until September 15.
1928 Depot Way, 2nd Floor, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520