"...but then history does not only consist of documents."
- John Lukacs
Is anyone out there in the museum blogger world aware of best practices or sharable policies regarding offering a bus scholarship or funding to schools visiting the museum?
This post has been sitting in my draft box for over a year now, but I think the information here is still important. I wanted to share it with all of you, especially as the season of interns is upon us.
Sorry about the very extended absence from posting. The last five months have been busy to say the least. Here’s the highlight reel:
January - Opened my first exhibition at my museum. We brought in a good audience, and had people who have never been in the museum before. It was also a really great example of how my collegues and I can cross program to supplement the exhibitions we have on display.
On a personal note, my Adorable Engineer and I settled into our new apartment. FYI, the wall colors were all chosen from Sherwin William’s historic colors collection. But, our home wasn’t complete without a furry addition. Meet Seamus, our 1 year old kitten. We adopted him from a local rescue, and boy does he keep us on our toes. Mostly when he tries to lick our toes. He is often cuddled up like this when I wake up in the morning, which makes waking up a lot better.
February - The biggest news from February was my trip down to Kentucky. I met my mom down there, and we followed up with the surgeon I’d seen last year. We decided to go ahead with the scapular muscle reattachment procedure, which we scheduled for March.
The rest of February was kind of a blur, trying to get everything settled at work before being off for six weeks. I also had a night with one of my girlfriend’s where we cooked for about six hours.
March/April - Big surgery time. I met my dad down in Kentucky, checked into the hotel, and the next morning went in for the surgery. It was actually an outpatient procedure, and everything went really really well. The surgery was on Tuesday, and on Thursday I was (very druggedly) on an airplane headed back for New York.
For the next six weeks, I spent a lot of time asleep. I read quite a few books, cuddled with Seamus, and generally drove AE nuts. But, everything went really well.
Here’s a photo of my dying easter eggs while wearing my awesome (read really uncomfortable and awkward) brace. I was in that 24/7 for four weeks, and let me tell you the couple of minutes I could take it off to change clothes or bathe were really exciting.
May - Back to work! I dove right back in, and was really excited to do so. We’ve jumped right into our field trip season, and so far the reaction to the changes I’ve made has been exceptionally positive. Teacher’s tell me the program is better organized, they like the fact that we’re getting the kids to think about the artifacts and documents as “breadcrumbs” to piece together the story of our site’s family, and they like seeing the connections between stations that used to be pretty disparate.
I also had something else pretty big and exciting this month. My Adorable Engineer took me back to Cooperstown, walked me through the places that helped start off our relationship, and asked me to be his wife :)
I managed to get exceptionally sunburnt over the course of the day, but it was due to three different sessions of just sitting by Lake Otsego and spending time together. I am so thrilled to have this amazing man to spend my life with, and also to be able to be a part of his wonderful family.
So, that’s the wrap-up. Needless to say, it has been a hectic couple of months. But, I’ve realized that I’m at a place now where I’m doing my job, but not necessarily innovating. When I was posting more consistently here, I had constant check-ins with the new, exciting things happening in our field, and I want to get back to that. At least I want to know what those things are, even if I can’t necessarily make them work for my institution.