Something Happening Here
Just over a week ago, the museum was in a flurry of activity; in the kitchen we were printing our November newsletter, in the research area we were coordinating our membership dues notices and our 2014 member appeal letters for the annual mailing. We do one massive mailing a year to catch any address changes. Getting all 400 letters assembled with all the bits and pieces, then matching letters to corresponding address labels is quite a job even with mail merge. Once that mailing hits the post office we all breathe a sigh of relief – until next November.
Reading the November newsletter will make you tired! It contains a compilation of all the committee reports from the October annual meeting. The President’s letter shows the latest rendering of the proposed addition to the museum. My letter highlights all that we did last year for the 375th year-long celebration. The Building and Grounds article has a picture of the renovated schoolhouse. The list of all those people who volunteer in some fashion for the Society is really impressive. (You can access all our newsletters on our website ).
Out in our workshop, volunteers worked repairing and painting the Mace skiff that was donated to the museum in September, getting it ship-shape to be on our float in the Hampton Christmas Parade. Inside, where it is much warmer, we worked on cataloging recent acquisitions: a collection of toys used by the Edgerly family; some antique quilts, a stunning cloak and Windsor chair from the Sanborn-Thomson family; women’s undergarments, a quilt, daguerreotypes and books through the Smith family line; and deeds and receipts from the Mace family.
Visitors to the museum included descendants of Stephen Bachiler and Timothy Dalton. We fielded phone calls from California from other Bachiler descendants looking for information and planning a 2014 visit.
Christmas came early with the delivery of our new color printer/copier/scanner. This machine gives us the ability to do so many projects in-house and pulls us into the digital age. We have relied on hand-me down copiers for as long as I have been at the museum (25 years!). Now we can print our own newsletters, posters and brochures, scan oversize documents and use its OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities. It is thanks in part to a donation in memory of Olga Casassa and Hazel Simonds by the Casassa family that we were able to purchase this equipment. We waved a fond farewell as the old copier was rolled out the door.
No two days at the Tuck Museum are ever the same. We wouldn’t have it any other way.