Another ongoing project is the move of the museum's numerous textiles from the museum's basement to the basement at the New Groningen Schoolhouse. The reason for this move is due to the shortage of storage space and high humidity levels of the museum’s basement causing a concern for the health of the material.
The space at the Schoolhouse was virtually unused, in better condition due to the recent remodel and provided a better environment for the textiles. Thank you to the board for making the call for the move.
Over the past year and a half to two years, well over 700 artifacts have been moved over to the new storage space.
Next stage is to organize, clean if needed, document and store the artifacts carefully so that future generations can utilize these items for future study.
Helping to get the ball rolling is Wendy Combs, curator, and her many assistants.
You can also help. We will be needing more shelving, padded hangers, archival tissue and boxes for storage purposes and those willing to gently clean the artifacts.
If you can help, please contact the museum and let us know. Thank you.
Written by Wendy Combs, curator - September 2018
Project manager, Robert Boehm, worked with John Norder and Denny Smith (Robert's neighbor) to finish the shelves. Thank you all for your hard work!