SWAT 2015: HANDS-ON WORK AND FUN, TOO

SWAT 2015 In January, the sixth annual Collections SWAT Team tackled a variety of collection management projects at the Milton Historical Society in Milton, DE. Twelve students contributed over 600 hours of work. We cataloged, numbered, and photographed over 600 objects, from a 19th-century cobblers bench and its tools to souvenir coffee mugs from community celebrations. (READ MORE)

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MSST Lending Library

Need to know more about creating an exhibit? How about meta data, or cataloguing? The MSST Lending Library is located just outside the conference room at 77 E. Main. Stop by and browse our carefully curated collection. Loan period is two weeks. Or, browse our full catalog from the comfort of your computer using Library Thing

SUSTAINING PLACES WEBSITE CONTINUES TO GROW

As the IMLS-funded Sustaining Places project winds down, our website of resources for small museums, www.sustainingplaces.com, will continue to grow and evolve. This semester, our webmaster has posted new videos on care for historic books; the problems caused by 19th-century clothing items made from “weighted” silk; and when to wear gloves for handling collection objects. (READ MORE)

UPPER BAY EXHIBIT AT MUSEUM STUDIES OFFICE

The atrium at 77 East Main has a new exhibit! Heather Gerling (Historic Preservation and Museum Studies 2015) curated a show on collections from the Upper Bay Museum, site of the 2014 Collections SWAT Team. Highlighting life on the water in the upper Chesapeake, it features a punt boat (yes, we got a full-size boat into the building), a “fike net” fish trap, and several decoys. (READ MORE)

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