You know the Outdoor Shed at the Museum? The long shed on the edge of the property where we store and display all the largest artifacts in the collection?
If you've been down here any time in the past couple of years, you've probably noticed that the artifacts in the shed are pretty disorganised - a potato planter down by the trapper's cabin, the potato digger away up near the farm wagons, and ploughs and cultivators mixed in pretty much everywhere. A lot of that disorganisation is because we had to move everything out of there twice during our renovation of the Founders' Hall, and ever since then we've been wanting to get it set up into proper displays that really tell Creston's story.
Well, we are one step closer to being able to do that. As you've probably heard, the Creston & District Credit Union is celebrating its 60th anniversary by giving two local organisations $25,000 for a major project. We applied, and earlier this week got notification that our project, "Making Memories Last," has been recommended as one of the ten to go through to the next round in the Credit Union contest.
So now we're working on a presentation for the Credit Union's committee at the middle of the month, and then, hopefully, we'll be one of the five projects recommended for the final round, in which Credit Union members vote for the two projects they think should win. We'll definitely keep you posted on that!
If we're successful, the "Making Memories Last" project will see fourteen or more exhibits created in the shed, using artifacts that are already in the collection, ones that we hope to get donated (one aspect of the project is to enlarge the shed so we'll have more room to store these big objects), and audio-visual elements that really let the local long-time residents share their stories.