Monday, January 12, 2009
By: Erin Crissman, Curator When The Farmers’ Museum is closed in January and February, we staff start in on our winter projects. Our work is seasonal just as it was for farmers in the 1840s. Like those earlier Americans, winter is a time for planning for the spring and summer and getting our “house” in order. For us, most of these are tasks easier accomplished when the museum is dormant in the winter. We plan for next season, apply for grant funding and conduct inventories to ensure our collections records are up to date. This week, a group of curatorial staff embarked on an inventory of Todd’s General Store. We accounted for all of the various items on display like spools of ribbon, toothbrushes, soap and crockery. We’re also cleaning; when buildings are heated with wood, soot settles everywhere!