Saturday was a very busy day filled with teamwork. Naturally I was the team leader.
A few weeks ago I met a group of AmeriCorps youth. This group is part of the NCCC or National Civilian Conservation Corps. They are in our area clearing a hiking trail around one of the lakes. They toured the Museum and asked me if I had any projects they could help with.
I made a list. HA..one of those things I do best. Projects..oh yeah I have a few.
At the end of the day I was exhausted..have you tried to keep up with three 18 to 24 year olds lately?
We worked on four projects in the basement. We cleaned out a vault to store the leftover rummage sale items. We packed up the sale items and got them stored away.
We made arrangements to pick up our etched glass panels that were a donation from McDonalds in Park Rapids. ( When they remodeled they removed the glass panels.) There are scenes etched in glass..the water tower, the old Germania hall, the First National Bank, a logging scene and the Carnegie Library.
There are six panels. For now they are in the Resort/Business Room downstairs. The frames may have to be painted. A project for next spring. My parents hauled them from a members garage to the museum..and the corps loaded and unloaded them. Youth!
This is a photo of the High School Memory Room..before.
This is the after we moved everything out in preparation for the painting that should be accomplished this week.
Yes, we discovered a big hole in the floor. That building is always full of surprises.
Nope no buried treasure..just a hole of unknown origin..that has a pipe. Possibly it is an old gas line from the early days. One of the corps said perhaps it was an ancient outhouse?? The building was built in 1900. I would assume that the floor in the basement was dirt for a long time. This hole had all kinds of rotted wood in it.
Some not so good teamwork: The County Custodian gave a report on the state of our building this past week. I requested funding for some new carpeting in the foyer and stairs and repair of door jams that are tripping hazards. The meeting was not good. We have very little support from the Commissioners..even though they still own the building. The building is a Historic place and designated as such. There was mention of the asbestos in the boiler room. “But no one ever goes in there” Well.. except me. When our request for a lock box to house the key for the Fire Department was brought up. One Commissioner said “Let it burn.” There was a big write up in the paper..here is the link. Talk about a kick in the pants.
Five more days left. I was supposed to have yesterday off as a vacation day..that did not happen with the AmeriCorps group coming in. I may take next Saturday off or just close the building one day early. Far Guy and I both worked yesterday. Far Guy handled the tour that requested coffee be served afterwards and he finished up a huge scanning project that he was working on.
It will be a busy week this week. I have scheduled three work days at the end of the week for Board Members..and I have a list:)