Ramblings on museums, education, history, politics, current events, with a dash of kittens and real life

"...but then history does not only consist of documents."

- John Lukacs

5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

I don’t know about the rest of you, but if my family hadn’t spent so many vacations visiting National Park’s around the country, I would not have gone into this field. I still have a caboodle full of Jr. Ranger badges in my bedroom at my parent’s house. I know I’m not the only one whose life was improved by the NPS, so please take the time to support them!

Posted April 16th, 2014 .

Some days at work I get two great groups of visitors who ask really thought provoking questions, and I’m like:

Then some days, I have a donor ask if she can come in and see her donation, but she’s not sure which site it went to, and can they maybe just take it back with them, and I’m like:

And then when on that same day, one of my committee members neglects to include me on what I consider a pretty major decision, I’m like: 

Except instead of waffles, I’m going to get Panera mac & cheese, and it will all be alright.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 with 3 notes.

Into day 8 with no break. Museums in Action was awesome. Always inspiring and refreshing to talk with others about their successes and their challenges. Sleep now, hopefully will recap soon!

Posted April 1st, 2014.

Mind blown. Vinyl printed panels on multi density fiber board. All you need to do is design to the same size, get the vinyl printed, and peel off the old one. Amazing.

Posted March 31st, 2014 with 3 notes.

Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

  1. Museums make you less anxious
  2. Museums reduce stress
  3. Museums have the same effect on your well-being as a raise
  4. Museums have a greater impact on your well-being than playing a sport
  5. Museums make you less lonely
  6. Museums are good for the economy

Posted March 28th, 2014 with 47 notes .

“…the museum is there to save the collection; the collection is not there to save the museum”

— American Alliance of Museum’s President Ford W. Bell, in response to the Delaware Museum of Art’s announcement that it will sell four pieces of their collection to pay debts and to fund their endowment. 

Posted March 27th, 2014 with 4 notes.

Got a call this morning from the artist slated to do an exhibit next summer. We feature local artists, mostly painters, but some variety. Anyway, she called to say she has to cancel the exhibit because she has been so successful she’s sold a number of her paintings she’d planned on exhibiting, and they’re now spread all over the country.

Awesome for her, sad for us. 

Posted March 14th, 2014.

Study Finds a Gender Gap at the Top Museums

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted March 8th, 2014 with 21 notes .

When the entire Education department is out sick and a non-educator has to cover the Activity Room.



Also the fact that, no matter how much airborne and zinc we chug, the Ed department WILL get sick at least once during the field trip season.

(Source: whenyouworkatamuseum)

Posted February 24th, 2014 with 140 notes.

How George Washington Has Three Birthdays

Minor point of clarification, the calendar didn’t “shift” eleven days, they simply skipped them. As in, you went directly from Day 1, went to sleep, and woke up on Day 11, do not pass go. 

The end result is that George Washington had two dates he celebrated his birthday, and we now celebrate it on an entirely different day, today. Happy Birthday, George. 

On a side note, I’m really interested in learning how well and exactly when the switch over to Gregorian happened in my area. Did the Dutch families, who were technically British subjects but still speaking Dutch and living in a very Dutch fashion, go along with it?

Did they switch over between September 2nd and 14th of 1752 with the rest of America? Were they already there with the Catholic States of the Netherlands, who switched between 1582 and 1583? They were Dutch Reformed, so did they follow the Protestant States of the Netherlands and switch in 1700-1701? I haven’t yet figured out the answer, as I haven’t really had time to figure it out, but I have some volunteers who have been asking for research ideas and maybe this is one I can give them. 

Posted February 17th, 2014 .

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