Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The little girls were just ADORABLE in their fancy dresses. Some were even dressed like their dolls!
It was also a very busy day at the Museum. In addition to our Tea with the Curator, today was the last day of the 3x3 Science Samplers. AND we had a cub scout group here for a field trip. Plus our regular visitors. All of our parking lots were full!
Here are some pictures of the Tea!
Making a pin craft
Being very grown up with our tea
Fancy outfit for a fancy occasion!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Today I heard from a staff writer for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine who wants to inlcude the exhibit in an online slide show featuring spring 2010 quilt exhibits.
I'm very excited about the exposure the exhibit is already receiving!
Tea with the Curator: "Bridal Fashions"
Learn more about the history of wedding gowns. Presented by Kim Kenney. $10 per person, pre-paid reservations required
Coffee & Crafts: "Computer Crafting"
Lynn Weber, scrapbooker and photo editor, will demonstrate how your computer can help you in your crafting. Lynn will lead you through the process of digitally designing two crafts to be printed out and assembled. $15 per person, pre-paid reservations required
Celebrate the President's birthday with a full day of activities. Special price $5 per person (Members FREE)
Wreath Ceremony will be held at 3:00 PM
Life in Miniature exhibit CLOSES
Last day to view the dollhouses in the Keller Gallery!
A perfect day to visit your local presidential library!
Soup at Six: "Roaring Twenties Review"
Presented by Chris Kenney and Kim Kenney. Dazzle your senses with a jazzy look at America's favorite decade! Kim will present a slide program about life in the 1920s, infused with period piano music played by Chris! $10 per person, pre-paid reservations required
Coffee & Crafts: "Goodies from the Hearth"
Director of Education Christopher Kenney will lead a hands-on baking workshop at the Museum's hearth. Participants will make apple pie and donuts. Chris will also explain the tools and methods of cooking over an open hearth. $15 per person, pre-paid reservations required
EXHIBIT OPENING: A Stitch in Time: Highlights from the Museum's Quilt & Coverlet Collections
View beautifully crafted quilts and coverlets from the Museum's collection, dating back as far as the 1840s! The exhibit will include crazy quilts, traditional patterns, coverlets woven by itinerant weavers, and commemorative McKinley campaign quilts.
Free exhibit opening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Tea with the Curator: "Hearth & Home"
Join Curator Kim Kenney as she explores domestic life in the past, with a focus on cooking, cleaning, crafting, and dining. $10 per person, reservations required
Region 5 competition for National History Day.
Soup at Six: "On the Move: The Early Auto Industry in Stark County"
Join Director of Education Christopher Kenney for a look at Stark County's role in the early years of the automobile. Explore early manufacturers like Jewell and Holmes to the County's involvement with Henry Ford. $10 per person, reservations required
Coffee & Crafts: "Beading Chain"
Participants will have their choice of making a sterling silver or gold filled beaded necklace with crystal. Kathy from the Bead Boutique will be our instructor for this class. $20 per person, pre-paid reservations required
Join us for an elegant brunch and style show featuring 100 years of bridal fashion! $30 per person, pre-paid reservations required
Today I've been getting ready for the big Tea with the Curator: Bring Your Doll to Tea tomorrow! We've got a full house, so I'm excited about that! We're making pins with flowers and gems as our craft. We'll have tea, read the story Fancy Nancy Goes to the Museum, then up to the Keller Gallery for a special scavenger hunt in the dollhouse exhibit! Should be a lot of fun.
I've also been busy with marketing projects today. I made a new calendar for the lobby -- it is unreal how many programs and events we have coming up in the next three months! (I will post that list next) I also designed a postcard for the quilt exhibit and a flyer for McKinley Day.
I'm about to make up the scavenger hunt clipboards. Then I'll see if I can help set up for tomorrow.
Busy time at the museum! We still have Christmas trees up, so come in and see us! We're closed New Year's Day, but we're open New Year's Eve and all weekend!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
We are going to be making fancy pins as our craft, so I am making up packets of supplies for the kids. I purchased fancy gems, and we have several small flowers to use as well. The pins are either oval shaped, or shaped like a teapot!
We're going to be reading the story Fancy Nancy Goes to the Museum. Afterwards we are going to tour the Keller Gallery dollhouse exhibit Life in Miniature! I will show them some of my favorites, and then we'll work on a special Scavenger Hunt I designed yesterday just for this Tea!
Science Director Lynnette Reiner is also doing 3x3 Science Camps that week -- the first two dates are filled, but there are still 2 slots open on December 30 for "Gross Science." Call the museum at 330-455-7043 to reserve a spot!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch." (Anonymous)
Yesterday I found out that my sweet precious Brandy has cancer.
It was a terrible shock, even though we knew she had been losing weight. But we only noticed it about a week ago.
She only has a few weeks to live, and we are just devastated. She has been the most well-behaved, fun, loving, sweet kitty I have ever met in my entire life. There is only ONE of her, and I am going to miss her so much.
Even though it's Christmastime, my heart isn't really in it anymore. We've canceled our trip to New York to spend Christmas with our families, because we just can't leave Brandy alone.
The Museum had a wonderful Holiday Open House, and since we didn't know then what we know now, Chris and I had a great time.
I am struggling to come to terms with everything that is happening, and trying not to drown in my sadness.
I continue to do my best in my job, but everything is a bit sluggish for the time being. Brandy is all I can think about.
I want anyone who reads this who has a pet to go and hug him or her right now. Overlook a few things and don't yell at them. Pet them, love them, and make sure they know how much you care about them. And I hope you never have to hear the news we heard yesterday. Ever.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Members are FREE and guests are just $5!
Enjoy complimentary cookies, live holiday music, samples from the open hearth, and of course -- SANTA!
Please bring a non-perishable food item for local food banks with you when you come.
See you tonight!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thank you to Steve for taking these photos yesterday! This is what it looks like behind our building as construction continues on our new storage facility!
(You may have to wait a second before the photos appear!)
Monday, November 30, 2009
If you're on Facebook, considering becoming a fan. Learn more about what's going on at the museum, interact with staff, and post your own photos of the museum!
So far the discussion is pretty quiet -- so stop by and say hi!
(There is a link to our page on the right side of this blog!)
It irks me when I walk through the Street of Shops and find an audio tour babbling on and on and no one is in sight listening to it!
It isn't the visitor's fault -- most of the audio programs are just too long.
So we are making some changes to fix that.
Each site in the Street of Shops that has a button will soon have one unit with multiple buttons so visitors can choose what topic they would like to learn more about.
For example, the new buttons for the Cabin will be:
- Life as a Pioneer
- The Homestead
- Open Hearth Cooking
- Sewing, Knitting and Weaving
Each program will be less than one minute, to encourage visitors to listen to the whole thing.
So far I have written new scripts for the Cabin, Dannemiller Store, Print Shop, Hotel Lobby and the Saloon.
I am planning to create scripts for a few spots that currently do not have buttons:
- Toy Shop
- Hotel Lobby (done!)
- Saloon (done!)
- Fire Station
- Gas Station
We will begin recording the new scripts soon. Look for them after the first of the year!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It's a time to sit back and think about everything I am thankful for. And believe me, I have a whole list of things I am grateful for. To name just one, I am lucky enough to have a fulfilling career and a job that I love.
This year has been a tough one for so many people. I hope that in the days and months ahead, things get better for our community and for our country.
In spite of the economy, the Museum has enjoyed higher attendance rates for most months this year. We have been working hard to bring you new exhibits and programs. And we are seeing the fruits of our labor pay off in sold out progams and events.
So I guess one of the things I am most thankful for is the community of Canton, Ohio, and your unending enthusiasm for the Museum. You are not only signing up for things, you are out there talking to your friends about what we do, and it means so much to all of us that you care so much about the Museum.
I believe that no matter what is going on in your life, everyone has something to be thankful for. And if you stop to think about what that might be, whatever you're going through might not seem so bad.
If you know anything about history, you know everything happens in cycles. Flu epidemics come and go. The economy crashes and recovers. Wars start. Wars end. History is a wonderful teacher. It shows us how we can emerge on the other side smarter, stronger and better for the lessons we have learned.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Eat as much turkey as you can, and be thankful for the meal on your table. There are so many people suffering, right in our own community. Think of ways you can make a difference this holiday season. As always, the Museum is requesting that guests bring a non-perishable food donation for local food banks to our Holiday Open House on Friday December 4. Every little bit helps!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We have met our goal of 45 dresses, and they spread out nicely across the decades!
Look for more information soon about purchasing tickets and donating baskets or gift cards for our pre-party raffle.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Click here to see the Museum's latest segment. Susie Vitale interviewed me about the new exhibits we have, including The Stark County Story and Life in Miniature.
Please take a minute to check it out. They are anxious to see how many people will view the show online, since some of the cable channels where the show previously aired are no longer available.
I am hoping they reach a ton of people this way!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here are some photos of the event.
(The Movie Camp premiere was Saturday night and I have photos to post of that, but I left my camera card at home! I will do that this week, I promise!)
Friday, November 13, 2009
It was a bit unexpected and spontaneous that I ended up on the roof, so I didn't have my camera with me. Special thanks to Steve for capturing these images on his cell phone! (You may have to wait a second or two for the photos to load)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Here are some photos of the first Ohio & You: Stark County Then & Now program done by Museum Teacher Mark Holland:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We are looking for bridal gowns to feature in our show. We have 24, so we're looking for about 20 more.
If you know someone who would be interested in loaning their dress for the show, please have them call me at 330-455-7043.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Work has begun on our new conservation gallery and storage building! (Of course work on this project HAS been going on for more than a year -- it's just not the kind of work that you can SEE!)
The Museum was closed yesterday while our electrical system was upgraded in anticipation of the new addition to our building.
The new building will be located behind our current building and will be accessible to staff and volunteers through the second floor.
Our collection has grown so much over the past few years, we have run out of space! This project is one of many things funded by our Capital Campaign.
Thank you to all who made this possible!
Monday, November 2, 2009
What a fun program to work on! Lots of little things to explore...
We will learn about the history of dollhouses from ancient Egypt to the present, and how the miniature world has transformed from a hobby into an art form!
We will look in-depth at Queen Mary's Dolls' House, Colleen Moore's Fantasy Castle, and John Zweifel's Miniature White House.
The program will conclude with a tour of the Keller Gallery exhibition Life in Miniature, featuring 23 dollhouses and roomboxes borrowed from the community and from the museum's collection.
It's going to be a lot of fun!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I'm having a blast reading through old miniatures magazines to prepare my program for the next Tea.
If you'd like to come, please call soon because there are only about 10 spots left! The Tea will be November 16 at 10:00 AM. You can call 330-455-7043 to make a reservation. Cost is $10 per person and includes breakfast sweets, a program and a tour of the dollhouse exhibit.
It will be a lot of fun!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Very nice bequest, and we are thankful for receiving it.
Monday, October 26, 2009
It works PERFECTLY in the Cabin in the Street of Shops, so we put the smaller one that was in the Cabin in storage and replaced it with this one.
It allowed us to display the early china collection more prominently. Look for it next time you visit the Museum.
Although I never met her, thank you Alice!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Once an exhibit is finished, I have some time to work on the collection. I have a small team of dedicated volunteers and an intern that help behind the scenes all the time. I am thankful for all their hard work! We need to get through our cataloging backlog so the Accessions Office isn't quite so full and cluttered with new donations.
So this week I have been catching up.
We had a 14 year old "intern" from Portage Montesori shadowing us this week, so I used him to help record some of the artifacts used in the 1950s kitchen in The Stark County Story. I have to change the database location for everything we put in the new exhibit. I had a list for most of it, but I just put what "looked good" in the kitchen! Now everything is recorded and must be changed in the database.
We have been plugging away at the textile donations as well. My intern Sarah and I finally undressed the mannequins from this summer and put away all the dresses and jewelry they were wearing.
This morning we are going to pick up a bequest of a Zoar corner cupboard and various china and glassware, including a butter pat collection. I am bringing boxes and bubble wrap with me, but I have no idea if it will be enough! Let's hope so.
I've had a compatibility issue with Print Shop and my new computer that has been causing it to freeze. Very annoying. I ordered the newest version in hopes that it will fix whatever the problem is. Chris and I tried so many different combinations of scenarios to try to figure it out! We thought it was a corrupt file folder, but that turned out to be wrong.
I discovered yesterday that my new Outlook account has French as the only option in spell check! Interesting. Guess what Microsoft's solution is?? UPGRADE TO VISTA. That ain't gonna happen, so I will live with it.
I am also working on my program for the next Tea with the Curator on the history of dollhouses and miniatures. Talk about fun research! :-) There are still some spots left in that Tea, so call now and sign up! It is Monday November 16 at 10:00 AM.
I did a newsboy ad for the Repository to promote our holiday events and I sent the Christmas card to print.
So I've been busy behind the scenes this week!!