Monday, December 2, 2013

Capstone and Events

Well this marks the final week of my capstone presentation for my International Business degree.  It seems as though we were just presented with the different options for our capstone groups to work with, so obviously the time has gone by very quickly!  On Wednesday, my group will present our final proposal for ways that the National Airline History Museum can make changes to increase their marketing presence and increase visitors to the museum.  This presentation will be in the form of an almost hour-long presentation in front of board members, classmates, and professors.  We will be talking about our recommendations for the museum, based on our experiences visiting the museum, discussing the issues with our contact, and researching solutions based on what other museums have done in the past also.  Some of the best parts about working with the museum was the events that we have attended as a result of being a part of this project.

The first event I attended was the Celebration of Flight in the middle of September.  This event included Red Bull Flugtag fliers who did stunts, visiting planes open for tours, and the whole building open for visitors.  I attended this event with my boyfriend, who thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Flugtag fliers (in the background of this picture) in addition to other parts of the museum.  Attending the event was incredibly useful as we looked at the ways for the museum to continue to benefit from our work.
Later on, in November, I attended the Salute to Veterans event at the museum.  This event was a 40s themed evening party that included dinner, silent auction, and dance to benefit the museum.  Red, white, and blue adorned the planes, and all of the decorations throughout the museum, which provided the theme for the evening.  The evening started with hor d'oeuvres all around the venue, and then I was connected with a few of the board members and ended up enjoying the evening with a few of the board members and their significant others.  There were several veterans who had been POWs during World War 2 who attended the event, in addition to countless other veterans from all lines of the service.  After many ceremonial pieces specifically addressing the holiday, the visitors sat down to enjoy songs and dinner for the rest of the evening.  
These events, among a few other visits to the museum really set off the opportunities that lie in weekend plans in Kansas City.  You never know how you might be spending your time when there are so many things out there for people to enjoy!  

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