Tuesday, November 30, 2010


No photo today, but something happened as I was leaving a classroom of school kids that made me smile and I thought I'd share it. I'd just spent an hour talking with the students about how the Native Americans in the area lived - how they built homes, hunted game, caught fish. I passed around reproduction stone fishing plummets & spear points and real antlers & animal skins. Then I finished up with a snack of corn bread, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. All standard fare for me - this was the second class of the day at this particular school and probably the ninth time I'd given this spiel in the last few weeks.

As the kids munched their snack, I asked them if they had any final questions about Native Americans in the area. A few raised their hands and we talked about a couple of aspects of native life not yet covered. Then, a small boy near the front stuck up his hand and I called on him. His words? "I don't have a question, but today was awesome!"

Things like that remind me what it's all about. :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Off work most of this week . . .

for Thanksgiving! However, wanted to leave you with this unbearably clever video about the shortage in arts funding in the UK, via Museos Unite. Be sure to check it out!

Friday, November 19, 2010

One of THOSE weeks

My apologies for no Museum Dailies this week, but it was just one of those weeks. As of today at noon, I taught/survived over 200 school children since Monday (and that's with no kids on Wednesday!). Whew - I need a breather.

However, I wanted to give you something to look at, so here are some amazing bedhangings that I saw last week at the Museums of Old York. I promise a longer post about the hangings soon!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Museum Daily #24

As usual, I'm behind on Museum Dailies, but I'm not going to let it bother me. I do this in addition to working three jobs, taking care of my dog, maintaining a household while my husband is deployed with the military, and writing two other blogs. Things will get posted when they get posted and I have to be ok with that.

This lovely piece of botanical art is currently hung in an exhibit at one of my museums. The work in the exhibit is great and this detailed look at a fern is my favorite. I forget the artist's name, so I'll have to check on that this week. Lovely to look at, though!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Museum Daily #23

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but it's the start of something Christmasy at one of my museums!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back to the Daily Grind

I'm back from Wisconsin and right back into my daily schedule. One of my field trip groups cancelled today because of the rain & wind, but as always, there were plenty of other things that needed attention. After working an 8-hour day at that museum, I headed to the annual meeting for one of my other museums.

After a pleasant and mercifully short meeting, one of our Board members presented a great illustrated talk on veneering Federal furniture. Above is the screen showing one of his slides of the shell carvings on an amazing New England secretary desk (click on the image to see some of the detail). I enjoyed the talk with a glass of Spanish red in hand. A busy day, but not a bad way to end it!

Monday, November 1, 2010

See you next week!

No posts this week, as I'll be in Wisconsin visiting my husband before he deploys to the Middle East. I'll leave you with this great photo of a 18th century tombstone to tide you over and give you a preview of the post I'll write when I get back. Catch you next week!