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Ducktown Basin Museum

Total Qualifying Score: 6
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Ducktown Basin Museum
Ducktown, Polk County, Tennessee 37326

County (ARC Region) Polk
State (ARC Region) Tennessee


Q1. Mission:

The purpose of Ducktown Basin Museum is the preservation and interpretation of the cultural and industrial heritage of this copper mining region of  Southern Appalachia, along with the history of the environmental impact of the operations and the remediation efforts.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Ducktown Basin Museum works closely with Glen Springs Holding and Copperhill Industries, these companies are a vital role in the future of our area. Throughout my career I have been involved closely with all local government within our three-state region. Polk County TN lies within the eastern corner of the state we are within three miles to Fannin County GA and five miles to Cherokee County NC, I have always been very hands on with small business development and economic development issues. (Fannin County and Polk County Chamber of Commerce)  I simply need more contacts and skill set to continue the work that I have accomplished, I feel that with your assistance/guidance  I can do that.  DBM has preserved so much of the history for our area and now I want to take all of that information to teach and guide as many as possible.  I have been working closely with Ellijay Telephone Company (one our area tv, internet, phone service provider) to run the fiber optic line on to our beautiful event center and office that I have been spending a lot of time on since coming on board in January.



Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/3 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $70,000.00/$90,000.00

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $104218.56 / $111876.81

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $70,000.00 / $90,000.00

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($50,000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($0)
Received From: N/A   Date Received: N/A
For What Purpose(s): N/A

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Our little rural town is solely based on tourism. DBM staff consist of  myself and two ladies that are in their mid 70’s and their life story  is huge part of our museum tour since they lived the life back in the day with their family in the area. We have been closed to the public since March 18, 2020 with zero daily income, and very limited membership and event center income.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Health Impact of staff when we reopen
Winterize our Event Center

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

I am a vessel of knowledge and strength like no other. I simply want and need more knowledge and funds to continue the work that still needs to take place in this community and region, I feel that can be accomplished with your assistance.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Sarah Mickens Mickens, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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