Thursday, February 14, 2008

Quilts, Schools, and Education

We had our first Education Committee meeting of the year last night-- some old faces, some new. Our main goal at this point is to plan (and pull off) a successful Pioneer Day, which will be held on May 10 at Old Settlers' Park in Round Rock. An exciting addition this year: San Gabriel Pioneers will make camp and prepare food in dutch ovens. Yum! They prepared food for the volunteers last year, and I'm telling you-- you DON'T want to miss it!

Saturday is our monthly Hands-On History activity. This month's activity is learning about significant African Americans from Williamson County and creating commemorative postage stamps in their honor. The activity comes the week before our special presentation entitled, "Early Black Schools in Georgetown 1868-1966." Dr. Marsha Farney wrote her dissertation on the history of schools in Georgetown, and this topic comes from that work. The presentation is Saturday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm in the Courthouse.

I'm planning our next temporary exhibit. We're going to exhibit 4-6 quilts from the Museum's collection. The fun part will be how they're displayed-- we're going to suspend them from the ceiling, which means my favorite...scaffolding. With the exhibit, we'll be hosting a special presentation/lecture by author Marcia Kaylakie whose new book is Quilts: Storytelling One Stitch at a Time. We're very excited about this event.

I hosted a collections volunteer training session on Tuesday-- we did a refresher for those who hadn't been in a while and taught one new volunteer the cataloguing ropes. I like the training for collections, because cataloguing is one of my favorite things to do. We had 5 volunteers on Tuesday afternoon, and we catalogued 35 objects. I was so excited that we did so many in that one day. Go Collections Volunteers! You Rock!

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