Currently, board members are working on the following projects: A documentary and podcast series, pop-up museum events, establishing an edible food forest, and building arts and literacy education programming for children and adults. Additionally, Flower Hill is developing partnerships with university museum studies programs that will turn Flower Hill into a living lab for which students on the cutting edge of preservation and restoration can develop innovative new practices and initiatives.
Thanks to a generous donation from a local philanthropist, Flower Hill was able to move forward with the update to the Preservation Maintenance Plan. This summer, the homestead was teeming with historical architects and structural and mechanical engineers as these expert explored the home and designed a comprehensive plan for the development and preservation of this Texas treasure.
Student Minds Organizing Opportunities for Teens (SMOOT) is a volunteer group of local area high school students currently meeting once a month to help develop site-specific curriculum and programming opportunities for teens in the Austin Community. In addition to creating these hands-on, immersive experiences, each member of SMOOT has taken on individual volunteer projects focusing on archiving Miss Jane Smoot’s travel slides, diaries, and scrapbooks.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Douglas Drane Family Foundation in honor of Bettie Drane, Flower Hill volunteers are now diving into an impressive collection management project. This includes updating, digitizing, and preserving the existing collection and catalogue that documents the over 4,000 artifacts and objects in the Flower Hill collection.