Archive for June, 2015

Vintage clothes and people who don’t know…or care

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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.

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Been awhile, been busy at the Carnegie

Carnegie frontSometimes life goes on and other times it rushes past. I have neglected this site because there has been so much activity at the former Carnegie library and our county museum.  I have had GREAT volunteers who I have brought in to help with sorting through books and cataloging about 1,000 pieces of 1960s and 1970s clothes that have been stored.  We have discovered some GREAT vintage clothes in the ten jam packed closets. Both jobs with books and clothes are no small tasks.

The picture below is of our university intern. He is shown with one of the 45 WWII posters that we found in the stack of books. So far I have put under frame and glass about 6-7 of these posters. We have discovered some other great things as well.  Who will value them? We hope to have a sale of the 250 things I have put under glass when we open the Carnegie up in mid-August.

If I were to count all the different things I have done in the last month and a half, it would be a long list.  People who do not do anything are the ones who seem to kick up the most fuss.  I have to be patient with them. Life goes on and volunteers are important. I have been volunteering many, many hours at the museum and Carnegie. I should add these hours up to see what it would all be worth to the rest of the members on the board.

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Fox, Full Moon and work at the museum

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Yesterday was quite a day, it meant that I saw a baby fox not once but twice. Once in the morning close to our house and then once in the evening when I was closing up, it was close to our barn.  I was told by our neighbor that her husband has seen FIVE baby foxes in our woods so we have a den of foxes and I’m fine with that.  I hope they take care of our gopher population and any squirrels that are around.  We also have had 13 stripe ground squirrels so I hope that is good riddance to them.  Also, I saw a small bunny on our front porch so I suspect that the fox will be after that too.  I’m not sure if we should feed it our scraps to encourage it to stay around.  Hopefully it will find enough food to maintain a good diet.  I DID see that there were two little song birds together that were chewed at and I couldn’t figure out how that happened.  Now I know, it was the foxes having their meal.

What a busy day at the museum today, lots of talking with people and working together on the displays. No visitors came but we were ready for anyone. I was framing pictures.  I hope that people come during Ox Cart Days to bid on the pictures I have framed, about 250 of them so far. We are learning and experimenting with what we know to do for a fundraiser.  We have to communicate with people about our need for finances to keep our outfit running.  I pray that the members of the board see fit to work alongside and be a part of this instead of being bystanders and watching other people work.

Well, I’m tired and tomorrow will prove to be another day of work.  For now I am happy to see the full moon in the sky but it has rained and is overcast for now. I’m glad for the rain, our gardens need the extra moisture.

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