Well, here we are once again. Time to catch up with all the "doings" at your Museum. It will soon be Christmas, a time for sharing our bounty with others. And a time for joy in our lives as we share this wonderful time with our family and friends. Time seems to fly by, doesn't it?
Once again we have been very busy at the Museum. We have done some wonderful things, so if you haven't been in lately, please try to find time to stop in and see us. We had two very special "elves" that did a lot of decorating for Christmas - thanks to Margaret Weber and Doris Fritcher for the job - well done! We are looking very festive now!
One of the most recent improvements would be the painting of the floor in the back part of the building. Susan Thompson and Marjorie Neulieb were in charge of that project. They painted the floor to look like rocks and stones. You just have to see it - looks really great! We had been thinking of carpeting for that floor, but after much discussion on what would work best, settled on painting it instead. We were afraid that any carpet we might put down would suffer a lot. We use that portion of the building for a lot of the fundraiser - serving meals, having a garage sale, etc. We just felt carpet would suffer from all of those activities. This will be much easier to deal with, and much less costly!
We finished up the Main Street project, or at least the first two phases of that project. There are other things that will be happening, and we will keep you posted on those as they happen. One of the ongoing projects was murals from each of the communities in our county. So far we have murals from Newell, Alta, Sioux Rapids, and Linn Grove. We hope to have the others soon.They are hanging on the wall in the back part of the building. The ones we have so far are just great - stop and check them out! Lots of talent went into these murals.
We just finished having our Veteran's Day fundraiser, which went very well. I think it was especially important this year after all the ghastly things that happened in September. But mostly, I think we all forget to let hose brave people know how much we appreciate the sacrifice they made during their tour of duty. We will probably never know how hard it was for every one of the people that served-but we can imagine some of it-especially since so much has been written lately. Anyway, it is way past time to let those brave, wonderful people know how we feel about them-so if you know someone who served, let them know you remember it and appreciate what they did. You will be glad you did.
One of the projects that will be coming up very soon is tearing out the old carpet in the front area and putting down new carpet in the entire front display area. In order to do this, we plan to shut the doors to the public at the end of January. There is a lot to do - we have to take down the current display, take all of the movable display cases out of the front, and tear out the old carpet. Once that is done, the carpet can be laid. Then we will begin building a new display for the 2002 year. It is a project that we could use some help with, so if you have some time, do please give us a call and we will be glad to tell you what needs done.
One of the projects that has been going on off and on all year, is sorting and organizing the materials in the climate controlled room. That means we have been trying to organize all of the clothing into time periods, and to re-box them with tissue. Also, we have a lot of paper in that area - memorabilia of all kinds - and pictures, that had to be gone through and sorted out. Right now they are in very good shape - we have things back in some kind of order. Things like this are things we need help with - so if you can sort, wrap, box things up - let us know! We have just the job for YOU!
Speaking of the climate controlled room, we are finally going to have a decent climate control unit to deal with those rooms. We received some grant money for the new climate control unit for this area from the Storm Lake City Council-what a big help that is! Now we will be able to actually control the temperature in that area. That will help keep all of our delicate clothing and paper goods in much better condition. We really appreciate this help. What a wonderful help this will be!
There is one thing that I would like to bring to your attention. We have an excellent group renting a room in our building that a lot of you may not even know exists. Our Local Buena Vista County Genealogical Society has a room in the rear of our building. In that room are some wonderful things - it is primarily a library - with some extras. One of the things that I really wanted to bring to your attention is one "treasure" that is housed in that library. A few years ago our County Clerk asked if we were interested in having the old probate packets that had just been microfilmed. We agreed to take them-and got a few pickups full of material. It has slowly been sorted, recorded, and filed into file cabinets. There are some packets that haven't been processed yet, but most have been. So now they are ready for the public to use. So if you are interested in doing some family history in Buena Vista County, keep this addition to the library in mind. These packets can contain a lot of valuable family information for you. Stop in and check it out one day soon.
We are looking for help with some upcoming projects. The carpet project is coming up soon. We always have artifacts coming in that need to be cataloged and put away. There is a great need for our inventory to be entered into the computer - do you have some computer skills? We will need help building some cases after the new year. The upstairs storage area could use a good straightening up. The list goes on and on. What I am trying to say is, we need you! So, if there is something that you like to do, and have some time to spare, just let us know-we can find something for you to do.
Our list doesn't change a lot, but I like to keep reminding people of what we need, so here goes:
* Pictures of Buena Vista County from long ago-we are happy to make copies of your pictures.
* Children's Clothing - we have so little in this area - if you are sorting things out, we can use play clothes, dressier clothes, just about any kind of children's clothes would be wonderful.
* Work clothes from any time period - bibs, chambray shirts, house dresses, aprons (anything made from feed sacks)
* Military uniforms - we really have a big need for Marine uniforms and women's uniforms from any branch of service, especially the uniform blouses worn under the jacket. One big item that we can use would be regulation shoes, either men or women. We do not have any shoes at all for the uniforms. Also, we need a Navy black silk scarf worn by enlisted men (rolled up).
* A good vacuum cleaner So, if you start cleaning out that cluttered closet, attic, storage room, or garage, and run into things to be tossed out, Don't do it until you see if it can be used here at the Museum. If you have any questions about what we can use, please give us a call at 732-4955 and ask.