In October 2019, Edith Brady from the High Point Museum and Christian Edwards from the North Carolina Collection Gallery made a two-day visit to the Iredell Museums as part of the NCMC Free On-Site Consultation Service. Edith and Christian met with the Iredell Museums Manager, Emily Baker and Programs Coordinator Haylee Reed, as well as two Museum Board Members and toured the Iredell Museums downtown location then the Gregory Creek Homestead featuring historic structures. Out of a list of the six consultation topics, the Iredell Museums requested assistance with Administration of Facility and Collections Management. Edith and Christian spent a full day touring the museum exhibition area, gallery, and collections facilities and talking with staff and board members about current methods and procedures. The second day of the consultation was focused on continuing the conversation regarding current methods, providing initial feedback, and reviewing any needs, questions, or concerns that could be addressed in the final FOCoS report .
Overall the visit was great and we were very impressed with the Iredell Museums. The organization has an impressive artifact collection with many interesting pieces. The gallery space is very attractive and appealing. Exhibits are well designed. The Gregory Creek Homestead has a nice collection of historic buildings, providing opportunities for many living history-style demonstrations and programming. Staff seem to be excited about the potential of the organization and eager to help it grow into its best self. The two board members we met, Dawne Clark and Bradley Newton, seemed very enthusiastic and engaged. While there are obvious challenges to overcome, like all of our museums, we are very excited about the future of this Museum and look forward to seeing how it develops over the next few years.