The second order of business, if one is availing oneself of the great resources of CERA, the California Exhibitions Resources Alliance, is participating in the arrangements for the delivery of said exhibit. There are several layers of people involved, including a group called Champagne Logistics, which is a catchy title. One day, a truck pulls up in front of the Museum and very strong people (okay, they were men) unload several big, unwieldy wooden crates and assorted packages, like very large and heavy presents. The boxes take up residence in the Long Gallery in their raw state, while we wonder what's inside. Unfastening the lids, we peer inside and see many items, wrapped and mysterious. It looks like a giant puzzle.
That's when the third order of business begins - to create the exhibit for our museum out of this packaged deal that looks impossibly complicated. The curator sorts through the items and lays them out on a large table, just like when one searches for edge pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We look for related items in our Museum's collections. The curator needs to plan the lay-out for the exhibit. Where will that large tent be pitched? Where will all the pictures go? And the biggest conundrum - how exactly will the pictures be fastened to the walls?
Then we come to the always essential publicity - the fourth estate is the fourth order of business. Just like the sound of a falling tree in empty woods, there is no exhibit if nobody comes to see it. So we plan the opening reception and subsequent events, thanks to wonderful collaboration with two talented State Parks Interpreters and a troop of intrepid Boy Scouts. A volunteer, adept at Photoshop, has created a beautiful poster featuring this amazing picture of a couple in front of their striped tent and listing the special programs that we are planning. We want to create the atmosphere and share the story that will attract people to the exhibit, which is where that catchy title comes into play at last:
Come see "Past Tents - The Way We Camped", an exhibit developed by the California Historical Society and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley,
and being installed over the next week at the Mendocino County Museum.
Please join us at the Opening Reception and Campfire Program
on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM.