Hard at Work

Collections interns and volunteers have been hard at work for several weeks now, moving artifacts of all sorts from our old storage area in the public library building to the new LCHS home at 145 West Ave. Shelves have been emptied, broken down, transported and set back up—that’s been a huge amount of work, and most of it has been done by volunteers George Italiano, Bob Mullen, Bob Robinson, Kevin Vach and Scot McCollum.

 Volunteers Scot McCollum, George Italiano and Bob Mullen in the garage at West Ave where large artifacts will be stored.

Volunteers Scot McCollum, George Italiano and Bob Mullen in the garage at West Ave where large artifacts will be stored.

 Volunteer and Board Member Lynn Harlan carries textiles into the new location to be hung up.

Volunteer and Board Member Lynn Harlan carries textiles into the new location to be hung up.

Not all of the shelving is old however: we have 3 rows of new shelves for objects and items in banker boxes, plus a wonderful new aisle of “Roll-lock” shelves for textiles. These include lots of space for hanging costume and have roll-down steel doors: dust and light, both agents of deterioration for textiles, are kept completely out.

 Intern and UW-L student Callie O'Connor in the hanging costume storage. 

Intern and UW-L student Callie O'Connor in the hanging costume storage. 

We are in the countdown now, moving everything we possibly can in anticipation of the professional movers who come in a week to move the really large stuff.

Tomorrow I will take some pictures at the old site and show some of the treasures we found when trunks and other large items were pulled off high shelves this afternoon.

 Storage in the new basement collections area.

Storage in the new basement collections area.