Altogether, the Museum calls for extraordinary levels of creativity, organization, and perseverance from staff and from volunteers. And if that means the curator crawls inside a cramped exhibit case to replace a burned out light bulb, the receptionist learns accounts payable because we had to give up a staff position earlier this year, a volunteer comes back in the evenings to ready posters for display, and another volunteer faces dozens of fifth-graders to explain the Gold Rush (and I figure out how to do a website on the weekend), that's what we'll do to keep the Museum going.
The Museum is a valuable resource for this county, whether in the behind-the-scenes collections of archives and artifacts, or the more visible exhibits and public events and school field trips, or the supporting role it plays in the local economy. It is critical that we continue to conserve our communities' heritage and provide a means of reflecting on and interpreting the events that have made Mendocino County what it is today.
This website and this message both communicate what the Museum is doing and how we can all work together to keep it going strong.
In this periodic column, I will share the challenges and the accomplishments of everyone who is a part of this grand adventure called the Mendocino County Museum.