The Building/Project Committee met with our architect and our two consultants to discuss the project overview and our timeline for completion of the action steps that are detailed in the grant (CTHumanities Capacity Grant). George Fellner (architect) is working on creating the “as-built” drawings of the Museum, Kathy Craughwell-Varda (exhibits consultant) is working on developing themes for the audience survey, and Karina Wizevich (audience consultant) is working to create an online survey to be emailed to members in November, available for all townspeople online, and a paper survey for Museum visitors to complete. The data from these survey results will help us to identify the themes/stories/ people/events that will comprise the Museum’s new permanent exhibits. Fellner Architects will then design the space that will house the new permanent galleries.
We will be pursuing grant opportunities that will support both the Re-Design Project as well as help with operational costs. The Trustees recently approved the hiring of a grant-writing consultant to help us find and apply for appropriate grants.
The Collections Committee (Marianne Halpin & Joanne Maynard, with assistance from several dedicated volunteers) has been hard at work to catalog all the items in the Museum collection. Specifically, they are entering the existing hard-copy catalog into an electronic database; and they are going through boxes and boxes of archival material that was never cataloged to enter all those items into the database, too. As you can imagine, this is a slow process; however, it’s also an exciting project of discovery as they unearth treasures from East Haddam’s past that have remained hidden for years.
Please contact Marianne or Joanne if you’d like to lend a hand (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Museum @ 860.873.3944).
Many hands make light work...and it’s a great opportunity to learn about East Haddam history.