Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Inching Towards Spring

The copper beech at one of my museums on this warm(ish), sunny February day.  We haven't had much of a winter, but that doesn't stop me from looking forward to spring.  And days like today don't help!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Expect the Unexpected

As I've said before, sometimes this is museum work, too.  The ingredients for oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies for a symposium tomorrow in Portsmouth.  My job is not half bad.  :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sweet, Sweet Daylight

The photo above was taken at 5:15 when I was locking up the side door of the museum.  5:15!  Just a month ago, it would have been full dark at that time.  We really have not had a hard winter to complain about, but still, it's so nice to stop & notice the increased daylight.  Spring - we'll see you eventually!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

RIP RMS Titanic

Is it 2012 or 1912 around here?!? :)  I'm prepping today for my April vacation program on the sinking of the Titanic. This year is the centennial, so there's lots of great material available, like these reproduction NY Times I bought. I know it's 100 years later, but the raw confusion & sorrow that even made it onto the pages of the Times have put me near tears a few times.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Transformation Tech

After a busy morning at one museum, I attended a workshop this afternoon at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.  The panelists talked about how their museums use technology to further museum education, whether through blogging, Twitter, or interactive iPods in the gallery.  Both museums are much bigger than any that I work at, but the panel discussion gave me lots of ideas for using tech (both high and low) in my museums.

Plus, we got to take a gallery tour of PEM's newest exhibit, Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art.  The exhibit is really compelling and provocative.  The "whale skeleton" above is from the final gallery and is made entirely of white lawn chairs.  !!!  I have some more thoughts on the exhibit, but will try to share them another time when it's not already 12:28 of the next day.