Garden Club

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We’ve recently begun initiating some programs at the museum to help keep the staff happy and healthy, including starting a Garden Club, of which I became a member.  I joined because I don’t really know that much about gardening, but I really like growing things, especially things that I can eat.  We were given space in one of our courtyards and managed to scrounge up the materials we needed to create the raised beds.  Below are two images from the day we spent creating those beds, for which we had a pretty good and hardworking crowd.  The first shot shows most of the group as we were nearly finished with the first bed, and the second shot shows the three completed beds.  I’m really looking forward to planting and harvesting!

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Mysteries in the Collection

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From time to time, we deal with items that are considered “Found in Collection” pieces.  This doesn’t mean that we never knew these items existed and just came across them suddenly.  (Although this does happen occasionally) Typically these things were dropped off by an anonymous donor or left behind after a curator moved on to retirement or another institution.  So we end up with things without a history of ownership or use. Sometimes, we don’t even know for sure what the heck the item is and have to spend a great deal of time doing research to figure it out. 

 Recently, 32 World War II posters became the latest Found in Collection items to gain our attention.  For the last 59 years they have been stacked in drawers and labeled “unaccessioned” or non-collection pieces.  They originally were donations from the Virginia War Museum that we received in 1954.  Over the years, curators knew they existed, but no one considered them good additions to the collection.  Probably because some were duplicates of posters we already owned.  Or maybe because of the fragile nature of the paper and the large sizes involved.  While some posters were as small as 8 x 10, others are larger than 40 inches tall.  It may seem strange, but the long term and undisturbed storage is one of the best things that could have happened to the posters.    Read more