Friday, April 25, 2008

Looking and Searching...

for an intern.

It's that time of year again. I'm looking for an intern to help me with collections and exhibitions. Obviously we were extremely lucky with last year's intern. It was Celina, and we've kept her on with us.

I've posted the position on the Texas Association of Museums website. I've sent it to the heads of departments at Texas Tech (Museum Science), Baylor (Museum Studies), and Texas State (Public History). I'm also passing out the description to people I know, in case they have people to pass it on to, too.

This morning we worked on the exhibit schedule for the next couple of years-- choosing dates, setting budgets, and moving things around. So, for now, we're set.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


That's the sound of time flying.

I don't know where time goes. One day turns into two weeks. Obviously, that means we're pretty busy around here.

We're creating a website for Up the Chisholm Trail. We were thinking about waiting until next year, but decided to just go for it. We'll be putting that on all of our advertising soon. When you get a chance, you should check it out: (I'm hoping it'll be up when you visit the page.)

We're also creating a new Museum website along with getting new email addresses. But, we're not ready to release that address yet. We're getting all the glitches out-- it should be good...very good.

This weekend is the annual Red Poppy Fest in Georgetown. Check out their website for more information. We'll be open late on Saturday. Stop by to see us!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Quiet Day

Today has been one of those great days to catch up...organize files...return phone calls.

The painter came by this morning to finish painting the museum's front door. So, we had the front door open for about 4 hours. I know, I know...temperature and RH control! But, the paint had to dry, so I put a ladder in the open doorway with a big "closed" sign on it.

Now that the exterior paint is done, we can put the metal bars back over the windows. And, we'll get our new exterior sign and LIGHTS! I think the lights on the sign will help with attendance on First Fridays, especially. However, paired with the fact that Mickie's going to be planning activities with the themed Fridays, we may be getting more visitors anyway.

Our newest acquisition came in on Saturday. We picked up a Burroughs adding machine (Comptograph or Comptometer, I need to do more research) from First Texas Bank. Apparently, this machine is from the 1920s, maybe earlier, and was used in this building when it was a bank. We're planning on cleaning it and moving it into the bank vault as part of the exhibit on the history of this building (the Bank).

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Safe and Sound

Today, we finally moved the old Belford Lumber Co. safe from its long-time home at the city dump into storage. It's not in the best of condition-- lots of rust damage. But, it's just beautiful. We're hoping to raise enough money to get the safe fully restored. It'd be great to be able to have an exhibit on Belford Lumber Co. in the future.

Here's where the safe sat-- for who knows how long-- under an open air shelter at the dump. (Actually, its location under this shelter was farther back and behind a big wood desk. Someone moved it to the front of the shelter before we came with the moving truck.)

Jim and Byron came by this morning to move it to storage for us.

Once it was on the truck, we moved it through Georgetown to the storage warehouse. Then, they unloaded it.

So, now the safe is in its new (temporary) home. We're so happy to have saved this great piece of history. And, many thanks go to Rachel at the city for making sure we got the safe.

...I wonder what's inside....That's our next step.