Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
So first up on today's long-over-due-blog menu, is the Townsite of Fairview!
Yesterday was Oliver's Sunshine Festival Parade, which as the summer museum assistant-student people we went in so show the community...that the museum is present and running again! It was pretty cool to see how many people turned out for it and how much effort everyone put into their floats! And it was a billion degrees out so we got iced coffee afterwards as well and drank it way too fast.
After work Janell and I got ready for an adventure up to the townsite! There is an interpretive sign (a different one than in that picture) that told all about the history of the town and how the hotel burned down, as well as a good deal about the fir trade in the area and the old Fort Okanagan. It was well done, if now very outdated! There were also about 5 other people up there when we were there...which we were veeeery excited to see!
Walking around the townsite however, is very anti-climactic after reading about how exciting the town used to be! There is nothing left there anymore...save maybe a few rusty flattened buckets and a flatter area we suspect might have been a road. It's sort of a nature preserve now, but it would have been lovely if sooooomething was left for people to see. It's eery as well to think of how so many people lived there, and in a matter of a few years even the ghost town had fallen apart and vanished. Not to mention all the looting that took place on the site. -sigh- this is why we don't know as much about the site as we would really like...
Part too is more museum things.
We finally got close enough to the kittens without them running off to get some decent pictures of them! In the first one is the mother cat with McKinney. The second is of Caribou (grey), Fairview (tabby), and Stemwinder (black) drinking from the water dish we leave out for them now. It's so hot now, we don't want them getting dehydrated out there!
Also, Saturdays are now Mystery Box day. We're currently on 'Box 7'..in no numerical order at all of course! The first thing I catalogued was this box of famous 'Dr. Chase's Nerve Food'. If you can read the label there, it says the pills contain Strychnine and Arsenic! How...nice... uh.. They look like mouse droppings as well, isn't that just so lovely?
And as an added bonus, I was pleased with my hair and decided the internet needed to see. Cheers! x
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Today, besides seeing McKinney and Caribou peeking out of the industrial mining equipment, we made an interesting realization!
While cleaning and cataloguing a mountain of lanterns today, we came across a very early version of the Coleman lantern logo. We have seen a couple of logos with the radiance coming out from behind writing, but hasn't come across the phrase before.
'The Sunshine of the Night'
Such a fantastic logo! It sounds like something from a noble house in Game of Thrones! It was discussed at length today, as it cropped up on more than one lantern. It's too bad they stopped plastering it all over things.
There were a few lanterns that still had kerosene in them as well, which we weren't totally sure what to do with...but catalogued all the same! Might have to get them drained.
Interesting stuff today!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Figure A. What I wore to work on Saturday.
Figure B. Me and my brother with other people's pet's. The first picture was taken by Kelsey, and I'm with her ferret (frrt) Hammond. The second is Brendan with Summer the pug who lives on our street. Adorable!
Figure C. The ever scary dummy in our basement in Museumworld. When we found him he was standing in that spot, peering around the corner...but was wearing nothing but shoes. And he's only got one hand, so Janell and I thought that was no good. We've been shifting him around slightly over the last few weeks, and adding things. This week we gave him a new hand and a shirt, and found a giant cross to prop up behind him because he needed something behind him!
Friday, June 21, 2013
Well, today I sat in a chair and catalogued like a champion! My co-worker Janelle finished the license plates that she's been battling through all week, and went on to photograph them, while I started to tackle a massive box of antique shoe making equipment. I have now memorized the Nomenclature book's classifications for the different stuff that kept cropping up, and didn't even need to reference it after about 10 minutes (or 5 shoe lasts..but who's counting!)
There were even tiny baby shoe lasts, which I had to withhold myself very strongly from filling out the form with solely that for the description!
After I got home from work, my brother announced that he's gotten his grad/prom/thing outfit today..and that he now had a tailcoat for a while! So pictures had to be taken, and we decided that if he was going to be Victorian-esque than I had to join him. Thus a photoshoot was the result.
Sorry for the strange colourings on all the pictures, I was fiddling while editing them this evening! The close-up of Brendan was deemed 'Downtown Abbey-like' by him, and therefore fit for my blog.
There will be more pictures of Brendan and his grad stuff..when that happens! I think he needs to get some white gloves going on, yeah? yeah!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The toast of the lunch table for the last week or so has been our 'museum cats'. There is a mother cat and 4 kittens who live outside in our industrial artefacts compound, and she brings them out to play in the sun while we eat lunch. We named them all after historic things in the area to keep it fitting with the museum as well.
The mother is Olive (after John Oliver)
Grey fluffy kitten: Caribou (after the Caribou Amelia gold mine at Camp McKinney)
Black and white kitten: McKinney (after the camp)
Calico kitten: Fairview (after the Fairview town)
Black tiny kitten: Stemwinder (first mine sunk at Fairview)
Stemwinder tried to get out of the compound the other day as well, and the mum cat was getting up to catch him as he slipped through the fence and started struggling through the grass. So I opened the back door and said 'Stemwinder, no!' and he darted back throguh the fence. The mum gave us a look through the kitchen window...we are pretty sure she brings them out at lunch so we can watch them for her while she naps or something~
In the pictures there, it's McKinney and Stemwinder hanging out in the summer in the morning. I finally remembered to bring my camera and get some pictures of them!
The museum is super air-conditioned, which I love! It means I can actually wear loads of layers and scarves and sweaters most of the time at work. I live in a perpetual world of pretending it isn't summer outside.
Yesterday involved a lot of photography in the morning to get rid of some of the backlog we'd been accumulating over the last few days / stuff the volunteers had lovingly catalogued for us, and we'd not managed to photograph yet. I'm photographing a jack plane in that last picture. There were a lot of planes from the storage building, most of which had apparently never been cleaned...so their cataloguing has taken most of the week, just because I've had to clean each one and research it before filling in the catalogue sheets. They look so much better now!