It’s cold. It felt like it was -16 out this morning, and let’s just say that is more than unpleasant especially in this old house. We are currently not open for tours at the moment because of the poor weather and we are rearranging some of the artifacts after the house was beautifully decorated for the Holidays. So what exactly do we do during the off season?
Besides planning for future events when the weather is tolerable, I have been busy looking through the old files at the Museum. Old files is not exactly a very descriptive term, however, that is really the best term I could muster. The old files have research on the families and local history from decades ago, and documents of some of the earlier celebrations of the Battle of Plattsburgh. The files also contain old education programs from the 80s, 90s and 2000s that tell of a time where schools had budgets to actually go on field trips. There are also files that cover old programs and events held at the Museum and old grants that helped out the Museum in the past. There is even a very detailed folder on the restoration done at the house in the early 1980s.
From these folders I have come up with quite a few ideas for future programming. I have also found some real interesting pieces of information about life in the 19th century. Here are some of the gems I found:
I plan on writing blogs on what I have found also along with using all this information for future programming. But for now- back to the grind! I can almost see the end of the tunnel of files and I must continue on!