We had another “mystery artifact” donated to us recently. A large black wool cloth with fringe on the edges was initially brought in for us to identify. Though the fringe could have indicated that it was a shawl, the cloth was much too big. At about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, it was even too large to be a blanket!
The owner of the cloth said that she’d been told it had something to do with mourning. Its black color did suggest that it might be associated ... read more
Earlier this week the founder of the museum, Dr. Gordon Dammann, gave a tour of the museum for the staff and volunteers. While it may seem strange to take a tour of a museum you’ve worked in for years, he singled out some of his favorite artifacts and treated us to some stories we hadn’t heard about them. Over half of the artifacts we have here at the museum were either donated by Dr. Dammann or are on loan to us from him, so that adds up to a lot of stories!
I’ve ... read more
Last week, I was able to help with the filming of part of a television show. A crew from “Mysteries at the Museum” paid a visit to the museum. They feature some unusual artifacts in various museums, as well as the stories behind the artifacts. I won’t spoil the surprise about which of our artifacts was chosen for the show, but I will say that it has an interesting, and somewhat scandalous, story attached to it!
My role was to provide the artifact for filming, ... read more