We told you a few weeks ago about a massive project to reorganise the Museum’s artifact collections and install new, more efficient shelving systems in the storage areas. We’re making a lot of progress! We’ll tell you a bit more about what we’ve been accomplishing in a moment, but first…
We need your help!
Next is the final step in preparing for our new shelving system, which arrives on November 7. From Tuesday, November 1 to Saturday, November 5, we are moving all of the newly-filled plastic bins, and some of the smaller pieces of furniture, from the storage building to temporary quarters in another building across the parking lot. We’ll also be doing some additional rearranging of the objects that will remain in the storage building. Then we get to remove the existing shelving units, to make way for the new ones.
And, yes, you can help! We’ll be working on this each day, from 9:30 – 12:00 and 1:30-4:00, and volunteers are very very welcome! This project involves:
- Lifting and carrying objects over a moderate distance (across the parking lot). Weights vary – there are still a few larger objects to move, but most of it is plastic bins that a person of average strength can carry, as well as individual items, some of which are quite small and light.
- Moving things up and down stairs…a lot (not everyone has to do this, as long as we have some people moving things up and down the stairs, and some people moving things across the parking lot).
- Possibly some use of stepladders, though we can delegate this part of the work to people who are comfortable with stepladders.
A little bit of packing in bins and labeling bins (very little lifting required for that).
- Periodically, sweeping out corners as they are emptied, to get rid of all the dust, dead bugs, and dirt that has accumulated before the new shelving goes in.
- At the end of the week, using hammers and prybars to dismantle the existing shelving.
The following week (November 7-10), when the shelving arrives, we’ll have more moving to do – following behind the shelving installers and moving bins and individual objects onto the new shelves. We are looking for volunteers to help with that, too. Read more about it here.
Sound like fun?
Of course it does! After all, it’s not every day that people get to go this far behind the scenes in a museum! And the volunteers we’ve had in so far have had a great time discovering all the really cool things we have in the collection!
So, to join us, give us a call (250-428-9262) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you’ll be coming in – or just pick one or all of those times, and come on down.
Bring a friend, some work gloves, good sturdy shoes, coveralls if you want, and a dust mask if you’re concerned about dust.
If you saw the “before” photos of our jam-packed storage areas, you will be astounded at the “in progress” pictures. Here’s “before,” looking into the hallway on the south side of the storage areas:
And here’s after, same area:
What have we been doing? Putting a lot of smaller objects in plastic tubs, for starters. Grouping large objects together, rather than scattering them all over the place. Getting rid of the broken (half a dozen chipped and broken ewers, for example), duplicate (two flat irons, a couple of chamber pots, four – yes, four – travel trunks, a whole bunch of peavies), unidentifiable (random metal bits, mostly) and incomplete (part of a wooden bicycle wheel, no bicycle to go with it) artifacts. Removing objects that aren’t artifacts at all (two office desks, a set of shelves, and a box of random rocks, to name a few). Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Each of these things is a small change, but all those small changes have added up! I can’t wait to see how it all looks when everything is finished. As we’ve said before, our goal here is to reduce overcrowding in our storage areas so we can continue to collect all the wonderful objects that reflect Creston’s history – and I’d say we are well on our way to achieving that.