You may have noticed that we have not posted an Object of the
Month for October 2011. Instead, Anthropology staff has been
diligently focusing on working with the construction teams
installing fire detection and suppression systems in the Crane
North American Indian Cultures Hall as well as in a couple of the
North American Ethnology storage areas.
Starting on August 22nd, the exhibit gallery was closed to the
public and became a construction zone. Temporary shelving units
were set up and over 350 items from within the exhibit cases were
deinstalled to keep them safe during installation work; that's
about half of the material on display. This also involved moving
material within storage areas down off cabinets, or canoes out from
behind diorama shells to make certain areas accessible. An
intensive inventory of the collection on display was also conducted
and we took the opportunity to correct some problems or relabel
items that needed it.
By October 14th, the construction work in the exhibit hall was
completed and the Anthropology staff had finished cleaning all the
exhibit cases, reinstalling the collections items, and removing the
temporary storage units.
The fire suppression construction work is still ongoing in other
parts of our North American Ethnology storage areas, and starting
October 31st will move into our World Ethnology storage area
until December 8th.
The Anthropology and Exhibits departments also took the
opportunity to update one of the long-term exhibit cases. We hope
you enjoy the new Hopi tithu (kachina) exhibit with 25 new
items from the collection out on display.
Please stop by and take a look through the freshly cleaned glass
during your next visit!
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