Bernard Romans is the Revolutionary War Patriot you probably don’t know. A Dutchman who explored North America in the mid-1700s, he was commissioned by the British to map their colonies. But as the colonies headed to revolution, so did Bernard, who joined the Continental Army. Yet, his maps, valuable military intelligence, stayed in the hands of British officers. Bernard became a prisoner of war and his disappearance at sea led his widow to question if he was murdered.
Follow the life journey of Bernard Romans when you visit the exhibit, #WarMapsMystery, on view now through May 2! ... See MoreSee Less
The road coach Venture (c. 1900) was made by Brewster & Co. of New York. This style of carriage was used for public conveyance in England for almost 50 years, prior to the advent of the railroad. The Venture and the Viking -- another road coach -- were used by Alfred G. Vanderbilt. A coaching enthusiast, he drove both on the London-Brighton road between 1908 and 1914. You can see them this summer when you visit The Breakers Stable & Carriage House. ... See MoreSee Less
A pair of 18th-century Goddard carved mahogany side chairs is coming back home to Newport.
We are thrilled to have been the successful bidder on these fine chairs during today’s “Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver” auction at Christie’s New York. They are believed to have been made in Newport around 1770 by either John or Daniel Goddard on a commission by Christopher Champlin of Newport, a merchant and financier.
These chairs were included in a 1953 exhibition at Hunter House organized by the late Ralph E. Carpenter Jr. and were in his private collection. We believe they were part of an original set of 10 chairs; with this acquisition, the Preservation Society now has six of them in our collections.
We hope that careful conservation study will yield clues about the original upholstery, among other questions. Eventually, the chairs will be placed once again in Hunter House – a welcome addition to its excellent collection of Colonial furniture. ... See MoreSee Less
FIRE: Reporters across the street at the Daily Press and Argus offices were just putting their papers "to bed" about 2:30 am on January 24, 1908, when they noticed a strange reflection in the windows. They looked out the door and saw the Portland City Hall in flames. The fire made such rapid headway that only 1 alarm could be sounded from the City Hall. Rescuers had to go to the power station nearby to sound the 2nd alarm. The building was destroyed, along with probate records for Cumberland County. Portland records were saved. Collections Maine Historical Society/MMN #6876 ... See MoreSee Less
Happy 229th birthday MHS! In the manuscript minutes of the first meeting of the "Historical Society" in Boston on 24 January 1791, the newly-elected recording secretary, Thomas Wallcut, reported how the founding members laid out a scheme for their new organization. This included the "regulations" for the Society--its original constitution--and the transactions at the first meeting, including the first donation to the Society--the volume in which Wallcut recorded the minutes.
He writes on page 9: "The preservation of books, pamphlets, manuscripts & records, containing historical facts, biographical anecdotes, temporary projects, & beneficial speculations, conduces to mark the genius, delineate the manners, & trace the progress of Society in the United States, & must always have a useful tendency to rescue the true history of this Country from the ravages of time, & the effects of ignorance & neglect." ... See MoreSee Less
More good things happening in Bass Hall!Pro tip if you are involved in a local / regional nonprofit: attend the Monadnock Nonprofit Network meetings! This group of local leaders are there to hear about your challenges and are ready to collaborate, solve problems, and advance common interests. This one took place earlier today in Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture! We have an amazing community of nonprofit organizations, and a robust base of support for them in our region. This group is also part of the larger Economic Ecovation hub, where a representive from the Nonprofit Network reports to a central hub featuring representatives from the arts, local merchants, food/agriculture, sustainability, manufacturing, and more. It's a great model for opening up communication and forming more symbiotic relationships across sectors! ... See MoreSee Less
THE SANCTITY OF ARCHIVES: MHS does “not alter images, manipulate them for effect, sanitize them, or attempt to put aspects of Maine’s story in a more favorable light.” In our current blog, MHS Executive Director Steve Bromage addresses a controversy this week, created when The National Archives and Records Administration intentionally altered historic images from the 2017 Women’s March in an exhibit. Images were blurred to obscure references to “Trump” and female anatomy, drawing sharp criticism from historians, museum professionals, and citizens who directly participated in the March. Read on! Portland Press HeraldThe Bangor Daily News... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to John Hays, deputy chairman at Christie’s, for showing a group of Preservation Society supporters around the Ralph E. Carpenter Jr. collection of furniture and decorative objects that will be up for auction tomorrow morning in New York City.
Ralph Carpenter was a superb collector and assisted the Preservation Society in many ways: creating a temporary exhibition at Hunter House in the early 1950s; gifting to the society several very important objects that are on display at Hunter House; helping start the Newport Symposium; and taking groups of collectors on international trips under the banner head of the Philosophes.
Because Hays is one of the nation’s leading experts on American furniture and was a close friend to Carpenter, he was the perfect person to lead the preview tour at Christie’s auction house on Wednesday. We expect the auction, which will come at the conclusion of New York’s Americana Week, will be a great success. ... See MoreSee Less
Each winter, some of our trees get a little trim to keep their outward growth in check and retain their shape. Arborists with Bartlett Tree Experts have been working on European beech, ginkgo and katsura trees on the grounds of The Elms, shearing off new shoots that grew during the past year around the perimeter of each tree’s canopy.
The European beech in this photo is original to the property, making it more than 100 years old, but it keeps its smoothly rounded shape thanks to this annual care. ... See MoreSee Less
I remember the " lollipop" sculpture very well. It was never a favorite but I wish the mall had prospered and survived. What I remember when I last visited was the sculpture was gone and that the mall was empty!!
I have a vague memory of large wooden blocks that formed a pyramid that I climbed on that was outside of a Ground Round...was that in Hampshire Plaza or am I thinking of a different location?
as I mentioned once before, for all those that have great nostalgia for the piece, can go look at another in the series at the Smithsonian. The companion or twin was installed in 75 at 100 Summer Street in Boston. when the building was sold much like the Manchester property that lollipop was heaved as well. But in Boston there was more art awareness and a new location was found. whatever happened to the Manchester piece? does anybody know
Lost this mall. It was a great place for little shops
I remember Ground Round but I don’t remember Friendly’s?
The MHS recently acquired a fascinating letter, dated 10 August 1849 from Mecklenburg County, Virginia. It was written by “Nannie,” a young white woman from New England, to her brother back home. Over four large, densely packed, cross-written pages, she discussed a variety of subjects, including chattel slavery on a plantation in the antebellum South. Click on the link to learn more about the letter and to find out how an MHS staff member tracked down Nannie's identity. ... See MoreSee Less
As the 28th Annual Newport Symposium approaches, www.newportmansions.org/learn/newport-symposium we look forward to hearing preeminent experts like Eve Kahn, whose lecture, “Forever Seeing New Beauties: Mary Rogers Williams,” will address the life and work of one of America's most accomplished yet least-known Gilded Age female artists. A noted historian and journalist best known for her weekly Antiques column that ran in The New York Times from 2008 to 2016, Kahn is also a writer, scholar and exhibition adviser who specializes in art, architecture, design and preservation. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and lectures regularly in New York, New England and elsewhere. Adding to her accolades, Kahn is also an accomplished author. Her most recent book, published in October of 2019, is about the life of Mary Rogers Williams.
A VHS publication, "Repeopling Vermont" is available in our book store (or online vermonthistory.org/shop)Seven Days recently published a review of the new book by historian Paul M. Searls, "Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century".
We spoke with Paul in a recent Before Your Time podcast episode with the Vermont Historical Society about the effort to recruit Swedes to Vermont in the 1880s. Listen to "After the Crossing:" www.beforeyourtime.org/after-the-crossing/
The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship at the Connecticut Historical Society is a 10-week summer internship that gives college students an opportunity to see first-hand what it’s like to work in a museum.
Since completing his internship in 2016, Steven Foertsch went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology (with minors in Psychology and Medieval and Early Modern Studies) from Assumption College. Following his undergraduate degrees, Steven served with AmeriCorps and Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity before deciding to continue with his education, pursuing a Masters in Sociology at New School for Social Research in New York City. He is grateful for his experience at CHS and the valuable skills learned through his internship.
Are you or someone you know interested in this immersive program? Eligible students can learn more at bit.ly/2MYBs9U. The deadline for the 2020 internship is March 6th. #WhereAreTheyNow ... See MoreSee Less
Program 4 of our 1619 series is now available online. Watch "Citizenship & Belonging" with Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts—Lowell; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ohio State University; and moderator Marita Rivero, Museum of African American History, Boston. ... See MoreSee Less
"200 FOR MAINE'S 200th:" We're launching a series of 200 informative posts on our social media platforms during the Bicentennial year. Content will tap into the collaborative Maine Memory Network, MHS collections & additional sources. The series will intersect with compelling topics as we move from *Holding Up the Sky* to the upcoming *State of Mind: Becoming Maine* (opening March 13) and will promote stories relevant to Maine. Stay engaged by commenting, liking, following & sharing our Facebook community (Instagram & Twitter, too!) ... See MoreSee Less
A vital part of "Becoming Maine" is Maine's Black History. The skills, labor and innate wisdom of many hundreds of enslaved Africans plus some enslaved indigenous people was foundational to some of Maine's earliest growth and development. Later, their freed, surviving descendants - though often thwarted by racism - enhanced Maine's progress through farming, lumbering and a variety of business enterprises. For more info, see MAINE'S VISIBLE BLACK HISTORY (H.H. Price & Gerald E. Talbot, Tilbury House Press, Gardner, ME 2006) and LIVES OF CONSEQUENCE: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick....(Patricia Q. Wall, Portsmouth Historical Society, Portsmouth, NH 2017)
We are living for this perfectly quirky Rhode Island history, and are so glad our archives were able to help out!
If you want to get your hands dirty digging through our collections, swing by the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center! (please note: figuratively dirty hands muddied by the thrill of investigation are welcomed, while literally dirty hands are very much frowned upon)
Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Do you know that there are over 200 species of squirrels in the world? Thankfully they don’t all live in New Hampshire. But photographer Ralph C. Larrabee was fascinated by squirrels and photographed them. Here is a little squirrel enjoying a snack outside the Carter Notch Hut in 1912. ... See MoreSee Less
We have a busy week of programming including two seminars, an author talk, and a Saturday tour. Here is a look at what is planned:
On Tuesday, 21 January, at 5:15 PM, Mary McNeil, Harvard University, presents "'For I’d Rather Be Dead Than Not to Dream of a Better World': Mae Gadpaille’s Vision of the Montessori Family Centre Community" with comment by Ashley Farmer, University of Texas – Austin.
On Wednesday, 22 January, at 6:00 PM, David Hall, Harvard University, presents "The Puritans: A Transatlantic History."
On Thursday, 23 January, at 5:15 PM, "The Art of Family History: Visual Imagery, Family Narrative, & Native American Modernism" with Phil Deloria in conversation with Julie Dobrow.
On Saturday, 25 January, at 10:00 AM, join us for "The History & Collections of the MHS," a 90-minute docent-led tour.
From a 2017 BDN article: "Former New Hampshire State Rep. Wayne Burton was also there that night: 'I asked [Dr. King] what his dream had to do with me, a white kid at a mostly white college in a mostly white state. His eyes burned into me as much as his words when he told me that, if my conscience stopped at Maine’s border, I was less of a person than I could be. He told me that I was as responsible for what happened in Birmingham, Alabama, as I was for what happened in Brunswick, Maine.'” ... See MoreSee Less
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke with stirring eloquence on a multitude of topics. But through it all runs an underlying theme of justice and our social and individual responsibility to help make it reality.
Here is a quote from King to ponder on the day we honor his life:
"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” ... See MoreSee Less
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we remember Keene native Jonathan Daniels, a seminary student and civil rights worker. In 1965, Daniels was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff in Lowndes County, Alabama, where he was working for equal voting rights and the integration of churches. To learn more, visit the Timeline of New Hampshire History, below. ... See MoreSee Less
WATCH: In late 2018, the National Park Foundation purchased the birthplace home of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Atlanta, Georgia, thanks to donations from a foundation fund created by philanthropist Robert F. Smith. The fund has donated over $40 million dollars to preserve African American culture and history through the National Park Service -- including purchasing the homes of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington. Over 700,000 people visit the birth home of Rev. King every year. More on the NPF www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/martin-luther-king-jr-national-historical-park
Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. spent two summers working in Connecticut?
As a young man in 1944, Dr. King first traveled to Simsbury with a group of Morehouse College students to work for in the tobacco fields of the Cullman Brothers.
Tobacco barns like the one shown here would have been a familiar sight to 15-year-old King. He returned in 1947 to once again work in the fields, picking tobacco leaves to be dried in the barns. ... See MoreSee Less
Yes I did know that, so Very awesome! I grew up in Simsbury and even worked at Culbro Tobacco 😊 Thanks for sharing.
His speeches on our local radio station this morning were inspirational. On 1967 he knew that failure to make peace among the peoples of the earth would insure our mutual destruction. Greatest man of our times in my eyes. How we miss and need him.
As I am a avid reader I am very aware of Dr. Martin Luther King's stay here in Connecticut !! Thanks for sharing !!
A series of these barn in Simsbury sit idly by the road waiting to be rescued...any hope? Might they be ones Dr. King worked at?
Our Second Annual Emerging Scholars Colloquium, scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at Isaac Bell House, is a daylong speaker series featuring original research from young scholars like Sébastien Dutton. A 2019-2020 Preservation Society Research Fellow, Sébastien will examine the remarkable variety of door hardware designs, styles, and uses at The Breakers and how each was employed to distinguish between public, private, family, and service spaces. This program is presented in collaboration with The Decorative Arts Trust. For more information, contact [email protected] To register, call 401-847-1000, ext. 178 or visit www.newportmansions.org/events/events-calendar/2nd-annual-emerging-scholars-colloquium... See MoreSee Less
Please pass the wrench! These young men look hard at work on a chassis during a 1911 auto class at Hillyer Institute. The institute was the educational department of the YMCA of Greater Hartford. ... See MoreSee Less
George Washington died in December 1799. It was popular to seek a memento from his life or funeral. On Jan 19, 1800 -- or 220 years ago today -- young Eliza Wadsworth wrote her father Peleg, asking for a keepsake. A friend of the former President, Peleg obtained a lock of Washington's hair for Eliza from Martha Washington. Many years later, Eliza’s nephew Henry Wadsworth Longfellow encased the hair in a gold locket with an inscription about its provenance. It is part of the MHS Collections / MMN # 7280. ... See MoreSee Less
The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship at the Connecticut Historical Society is a 10-week summer internship that gives college students an opportunity to see firsthand what it’s like to work in a museum.
Since completing her internship in 2019, Lyric Lott continued her History and Museum Studies at Smith College. She is currently in her junior year, and plans to study abroad in London in spring of this year. She is grateful for her experiences at CHS and is excited for the future endeavors awaiting her.
Are you or someone you know interested in this immersive program? Eligible students can learn more at bit.ly/2MYBs9U. The deadline for the 2020 internship is March 6th. #WhereAreTheyNow ... See MoreSee Less
American Senator, orator, statesman, lawyer, and diplomat Daniel Webster was born #OnThisDay in Salisbury, NH, in 1782. Webster is known for many accomplishments, including defending Dartmouth College in a landmark 1819 SCOTUS case. This portrait of Webster, by Albert Gallatin Hoit, is currently on view in our "Discovering New Hampshire" exhibition. ... See MoreSee Less
In this 17 January 1780 letter to Mercy Otis Warren, Hannah Winthrop expresses her appreciation for Warren's friendship, wishes long life and happiness to her and her husband, and discusses the current winter conditions. On page 2 she writes, "The winter is felt with severity in Cambridge; Provision very dear, Fuel very scarce, had it not been for General Warrens supply of wood, I must have Sufferd severely." ... See MoreSee Less
Raise a glass for #bootleggersday! The gentlemen pictured were likely using the still to produce illegal whiskey or moonshine.
Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition by joining us tonight for the #bootleggersbash. Break out your 1920s best and head to CHS. Taste popular period cocktails and boogie with your dance partner. Tickets are available at the door, or you can skip the line and buy now!
Sure wish I could be there tonight. I live in CA but my old Irish aunts used to talk about going to a place in Hartford referred to as “the bucket of blood”. They would check with their brother, a cop on the Vice Squad to see if it was on the list of speakeasy to be raided that night!
Wish the event ran bit longer then 2 hrs
sometimes you just have to break the law
My gr grandmother made potatoe vodka for the Private Russian Clubs back in those days...the old still house is on the old homestead...
ECO-HISTORY: What US waterways looked like before pollution was regulated. These "vintage" images from just 45-50 years ago - including photos of many Maine polluted waterways - remind us of human degradation of the environment. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970. One of its original objectives was to regulate pollution in America's waterways. [First image shown here: An outflow pipe at a paper mill on the Androscoggin River, June 1973.] ... See MoreSee Less
I remember a gentleman coming to speak to us, (at Telstar HS in Bethel), from whatever company owned the Rumford paper mill. He told us that the Androscoggin River was the 10th most polluted river the the USA. He also told us that it was not unusual for students to throw things at him as he talked. I graduated in 1973, and, now, people can eat fish caught from the river in our town. It's only one a year, or something like that, but that's still a LONG way from the yucky water of my youth.
This seems like a long time ago, but if we don’t keep doing the good work, the water and air pollution will quickly return to the filth of the 70’s.
In a recent blog post, an MHS staff member expresses the joy found in getting up close and personal with the Society's early American manuscripts. From Abigail Adams's neat and regular hand to John Winthrop's nearly indecipherable scrawl, each new manuscript introduces a new scribe with all their individual idiosyncrasies. And every so often these American documents offer up clear links to their medieval European antecedents.
One such example came up as the publications team was at work preparing a digital edition of the Wôpanâak-English word list compiled by John Cotton Jr. and his unnamed Native interlocutors late in the 17th century. In a section concerning tides and water, there is a rather curious spelling of a common English word. What looks like, “Kutchiskett, ffalling water,” is, in fact, “Kutchiskett, Falling water.” The double lowercase f represents a capital F. This practice of doubling fs for capitals dates back to the Middle Ages and has been vexing readers for centuries since then. Read more at www.masshist.org/beehiveblog/2020/01/two-fs-a-capital-idea. ... See MoreSee Less
We're so excited for Relics, Rebels, and Rum this evening! If you registered, CONGRATS, you're in! If you didn't, our condolences, but we very much cannot admit people past our capacity. But don't worry, the next RIHS Member's Event will have the same flavor of maritime adventure. "Shall We Shanty?" is Thursday, February 27th at Revival Brewing Company! Save your spot here: bit.ly/shallweshanty
THIS MONTH ONLY: PLEASE CALL 207-774-1822 in advance of the day of your MHS gallery visit to confirm hours. Due to the high volume of school visits to Holding Up the Sky, hours are adjusted daily. ... See MoreSee Less
WATCH VIDEO: Artists Gabriel Frey and Shane Perley-Dutcher are featured in this clip and article -- and in the MHS exhibition **Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art** on view until Feb 1, 2020. ... See MoreSee Less
How do we approach history with neighbors affected by memory loss? With camaraderie, fellowship, & comfort! Thank you CVS for making Merry Melodies music therapy and our monthly Memory Café possible! 🎸🪕🎻 ... See MoreSee Less
Attention college students! Are you curious about what it’s like to work in a museum? Would you like to learn what goes on behind the scenes at an institution dedicated to preserving history?
The CHS is now accepting applications for The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship, a 10-week immersive experience available to students who are currently enrolled at a college or university. Eligible applicants will have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year by the beginning of the internship.
Interns will work closely with the museum’s Collections, Education, and Exhibitions Departments to complete projects and gain valuable experience.
The MHS is now accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Student and Teacher Fellowships!
The Swensrud and Kass Teacher Fellowships invite K-12 educators with an interest in history to dive into MHS archives and find brand-new primary sources documents for their classroom. Applications are due 18 February.
The John Winthrop Student Fellowship invites high school students to explore the MHS collections, work one-on-one with librarians, and find new sources for a research project of their choosing. Applications are due 18 February.
Grab your best hat for all to see on #NationalHatDay. Perhaps you would like to wear this stylish hat from 1860. Made from green and ivory velvet, green feathers, woven leaves, and even a veil netting. You are sure to be the envy of everyone!
You guys got it! It is a postmaster's stamp, missing the center date that would have been changed out. This one comes from the West Montpelier post office and was used by postmaster Jerome Wright in 1865-66.
Vermont Historical Society, I would like to use this photograph or a higher resolution photograph in the February issue of the Vermont Philatelists. Do I have permission to use it? If so, would I be "out of line"asking for a photograph of the bottom of the cancel?
Postage cancellation killer - the bullseye cancelled the stamp, the town's name is in a circle, missing in the center would be the date
Possibly a cheese brander. Or meat inspectors stamp. Used to mark meat or cheese wheels or other commodities like hides.
I agree that it's some kind of stamp, but the little extra circle on the left is totally mystifying me.
It looks a bit like a cigarette lighter from a car... One side for cigarettes, one side for cigars?
It's a duplex cancel from the late 1800s used to cancel stamps. I wonder what post office it came from
Laser level from early 1800’s !
I see a handle, but no clue for what.
If you're interested in Vermont Postal History visit vermontps.org, the web site of the Vermont Philatelic Society. We publish a quarterly newsletter (28 pages) about the post offices and postal history of Vermont. You may download a sample issue by visiting the webpage. I'm the president of the VPS and editor of the Vermont Philatelist, which has been published every quarter since 1956.
The Granite State is abuzz with candidate visits and events leading up to the #NHPrimary, which will be held on Tuesday, February 11. Wondering how to explain this important event to your kids? Check out our unit on the New Hampshire Primary, completely free and accessible to everyone as part of our new online resource, "Moose on the Loose: Social Studies for Granite State Kids." (Teachers: click on the "Educator" button for classroom resources!) ... See MoreSee Less
Program 3 of our 1619 series is now available online. Watch "Black Radicalism / Black Power" with John Stauffer, Harvard University; Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College; Adrienne Lentz-Smith, Duke University; and moderator Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College. ... See MoreSee Less
Our winter programming is in full swing this week with three evening programs, a brown-bag lunch, and a Saturday tour. Here is a look at what is planned:
On Tuesday, 14 January, at 5:15 PM: “Wealth and Beauty in Trees”: State Forestry & the Rehabilitation of Massachusetts’s Economy, Landscape, & Culture, 1898-1919 with Aaron Ahlstrom, Boston University, and comment by Brian Donahue, Brandeis University.
On Wednesday, 15 January, at 12:00 PM: Career Activists: Women’s Organization & Social Reform in New England, 1830-1890 with Kathryn Angelica, University of Connecticut.
On Wednesday, 15 January, at 6:00 PM: Deborah Sampson: A Revolution of Her Own! with Judith Kalaora, founder of History at Play.
On Thursday, 16 January, at 5:15 PM: “Increasing her Stock”: Two Harriets and the Louisiana Borderlands with Rashauna Johnson, Dartmouth College, and comment by Jen Manion, Amherst College.
On Saturday, 18 January, at 10:00 AM: The History & Collections of the MHS.
#NationalMilkDay commemorates the date in 1878 that many think the first milk deliveries were made in glass bottles. In 1930, Berlin Pure Milk Company was selling their milk in these colorless, round, one quart bottles. They look much more inviting than the old milk cans did. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a sneak peak at what's going on behind the scenes at the Wright Museum this offseason...
Renovations to several areas are underway to enhance both the visitor and volunteer/staff experience! Improvements will include additional second floor gallery space, a larger archival storage area, a revamped research library, a larger education space, and more!
Last week, staff and volunteers worked to temporarily relocate the contents of our archives so construction work could commence. Once our new archival storage room is complete, collections staff and volunteers will move artifacts into their new home and begin a reorganization project.