Sooo... we had every intention of blogging several times a week to share our experiences as museum directors with everyone. Obviously, our experience has been that we are very busy and haven't had a chance to write much of anything!
We aren't going to try to recap the entire summer, but here's some of what we did yesterday.
There are lots of boxes for us to explore, so we went through some school newspapers yesterday. They are a lot of fun to read because they aren't quite as stuffy and formal as the "official" paper (although those are full of amusing stories as well). The high school papers are full of sports events, school plays, proms, and other school events. Our problem is they are so much fun to read that we get distracted and don't get through as much as we should!
Jane spent half an hour talking to teachers at the Newseum in Washington, DC via Google Hangouts. She was showing them ways to use primary documents in the classroom. We are planning to do a similar seminar locally this fall.
We raced to see which of us could stamp the most postcards for our annual meeting in August. Thank goodness for self-sticking stamps!
The pictures of Hemingway that we loaned to the Perry Hotel for their 1st Annual Hemingway's Birthday celebration came back to us this afternoon. We're so happy that we have great resources to lend.
Our Speakers' Series continued last night with Rick Wiles program on the history of the Petoskey Police and Fire Departments. We were pleased to have so many retired and current members of both the police and fire departments in attendance.
We have been having so much fun creating our new display about the Winter Carnival. When we first discovered Mable Johansen's skating scrapbook, we thought it was nothing more than newspaper clippings about Sonja Henie and other figure skaters of that era. Luckily, we decided to take a second look and found that Mable's scrapbook is a treasure trove of pictures and clippings, detailing the history of the carnival and its participants. We can't wait to see the display all put together and we can't wait to share it with you!
We were thrilled to present our Winter Carnival collection at Red Sky Stage on Mitchell Street in downtown Petoskey this afternoon. The highlight was definitely the Foley Films from the 1930s and the slideshow of images from our collection. From a director's point of view, it's great to be able to connect with community members, and especially enjoyable to hear personal stories. Our very first visitor today walked up to the figure skating pictures and said, "That's my mother!" and proceeded to tell us stories about how her mother and uncle skated for the Detroit Skating Club and trained with an Olympic coach. We were also pleased to meet family members of the Bozo the Mule skaters; we had both the costume and film footage of the skating routine. We're already talking about other ways we can take exhibits out of the museum, and we'd love to hear your suggestions.
If you've been to the museum, you've probably seen Big Sam. He is a GIANT turtle carved out of a Petoskey stone and placed on wheels (thank goodness) so he's easier to move around. At 94 pounds, Big Sam is only 1/3 the size of the original stone, which was found near the mouth of the Bear River by Howard Dow in 1970. He was donated to the museum in May, 1985 by Mr. Dow. We hope you stop in and see Big Sam the next time you're in the area!