A Moment for Dress – A Block Printed Round Gown

When you work with a collection for any length of time, (while this may sound hokey) the objects become like old friends. This round gown is one of mine. When I was working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Integrated Pest Management is not for Buddhists

Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It sounds like I wield a tiny whip and chair in my top hat, taming a circus of cockroaches, mice, and odd beetles. Not quite. IPM is a system of monitoring, housekeeping, and selective treatment used … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Why Museums Don’t Have Pictures of Everything on Their Websites

I hear the occasional grumble. Why is that photo of that object so bad? Why isn’t there an online database? Why are only selected objects online? Why can’t museums get their acts together? I worked on a grant project for … Continue reading

Museum Monday – Off to Albuquerque for the AIC Annual Meeting!

This week I’m off to the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) annual meeting, this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It will be the first time I’ve visited New Mexico, so I’m looking forward to seeing … Continue reading

The Act of Research – London Metropolitan Archives Edition

The National Archives, the DAR Library in Washington, the Maryland State Archives, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the London Metropolitan Archives, Library of Congress, and so forth. I love the click of the microfilm drawer, the smell of old paper, the … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday – The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Did you know that you used to be able to use local streetcar services to trolley-hop between New York and Boston? That one story should make it clear to you how much public investment we have lost to private enterprise … Continue reading

SRO – The Acronym for Hotel Living

Single room occupancy. For country kids like myself, this form of spare urban housing lives under the radar. SROs refer to permanent residency in hotels. Technically, this refers to everything from high style at The Plaza to sleeping on the … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday – Stockholm

Stockholm: scary sandwiches, incredible museums, and the beautiful islands which serve as the city’s perch. I visited Stockholm in September of 2011. Approximately fourteen islands make up Stockholm and the reflections off the water filled the autumn air with light. The … Continue reading

Museum Monday – What is a Collections Manager?

Nope, I’m not a curator; I’m a collections manager. Many visitors who stop me in the galleries try to demonstrate their museum savvy by asking “Are you the curator?” I take a moment to educate them about the various roles … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Get the App! Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel

Don’t stop to think. Go to the App Store now and download ERS on every device you have. Heritage Preservation and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (of the National Park Service) have brought museum emergency response and … Continue reading