We will have the vintage clothes person come up today from 75 miles away to look at our holdings of clothes at the Carnegie. She is more interested in 1940s and 1950s clothes. We have a LOT of 1960s and 1970s clothes and want to find buyers who are interested in these kinds of things. We have taken photos of nearly 250 pieces and we probably have about 500-600 more pieces of clothes to go through. That is NOT counting the shoes, hats, purses, etc. that are stored above the ten stuffed cabinets.
We are in gridlock at the Carnegie building right now because we have no where to turn with all the STUFF that has been collected over the years. We had a yes/no vote taken this weekend by e-mail to find out if people on the historical society board were willing to sell some of these clothes. Most all on the 15 member board said yes, there were a few dissenters. One said that he thought it was illegal to conduct an e-mail survey…what does he know? Talks uppity but doesn’t do anything and is so eager to leave the meeting that he is always the first to adjourn our monthly board meetings. I’d like to see what happens when we start talking a LONG time about clothes and how to store them properly and see what he does…or says.
Some people don’t really know anything and yet spout off about things as if they DO know something…also, there are others on our board who don’t care. They show up once a month for the meeting (and the food) and vote and maybe make a motion so that their name will be in the minutes…but they don’t care about what is really happening. We are running out of money and we need to be sure to go down with the Titanic. That is what we are on right now, we have hit an iceberg of reality. We have soooo much of everything, six treadle sewing machines, 10 grandmother clocks, six pump organs, 20 irons…the list goes on and on. Supposedly we can’t get rid of things because they are on loan from a certain family, we don’t want to hurt that family’s feelings. What do we have on loan at the museum? We should NEVER have taken anything on loan but instead told the people who “gifted” the museum that we would use the article of donation appropriately for display purposes or sell it. We have to pay for the lights, electricity, heating, etc. There are about ten buildings that are on the 8 acres of museum grounds. We don’t run on fumes and yet there are board members who don’t have a clue about what business sense it is to NOT make some money for this non-profit organization. We still need to pay the bills even though we are a non-profit entity.
Okay, enough venting…this has nothing to do with Kazakhstan, I realize that. However, I do know that this old country, the ninth largest in the world, currently has many painful growing pains to go through. Our museum is going through the opposite with having a dying population in our area where the grandkids purge grandma’s house and attic and “gift” us with all the rejected material that they don’t want. In some cases, that is more than less. Kazakhstan has many older kind of ideas about how the country used to function before communism took over. Probably after one hundred years, that has all perished. There may be pockets of the country that still have some of the lingering old customs. However, I think for the most part, people who still live in the hinterlands are living in poverty and are prey to the human traffickers.
We live in a fallen world, I realize that. Especially after getting some of the dissenting comments about what we are trying to accomplish at the Carnegie. Leave it to a few “do-nothings” who want to throw their weight around and express ideas that are NOT based on realism or on forward thinking functionality. Here are some of the clothes that we are documenting and hoping to sell…eventually.