The J.M. Davis Gun Museum Foundation golf tournament has consistently hit a “hole-in one” with Foundation supporters.

This year, monies raised from the annual tournament will be help the gun museum go a little more high tech, with the purchase and installation of cutting-edge software.

“The main purpose of this year’s golf tournament is to make available new computer software to help (gun museum) visitors able to better locate items,” said Gail Hefner, J.M. Davis Gun Museum Foundation chair.

The new software is the “PastPerfect Museum Software,” already in use by more than 4500 museum clients across the country and around the world.

“I came across PastPerfect on the Internet, and found it to be a very effective software that would catalog items in the museum, and allow people to locate specific inventory by type, style, etc., and indicate where those items are found in the museum,” said Larry Rahmeier, J.M. Davis Gun Museum Foundation member. “The cost will be about $1,800 for the first seat, and $342 for each additional seat.”

Although the Foundation already has funds set aside for the new software, Rahmeier said the golf tournament will assist in costs.

“I expect the new software to be installed and available for the public to use within six months or so,” Rahmeier said.

But the software won’t be the only updating the museum will be getting — some of the hardware will get a new look also.

“As we speak, we’re working to enhance and ‘modernize’ some of the museum’s displays,” Hefner said. “Some of the artifacts — some folk art, and Indian and other culture art, as well as guns — have been in storage and we’re working to put those on display.”

So, while the museum may continue to make the past available for visitors to view, it’s also moving into the future, thanks to the Foundation and the upcoming golf tournament.

“I’d like to play (golf) myself this year, but I’m too busy and having too much fun helping to run the tournament,” Rahmeier said.

The fifth annual J.M. Davis Gun Museum Foundation Golf Tournament will take place Friday, June 23 at Heritage Hills Golf Course.

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