That's what I have to keep in mind. When I'm standing in the crowded Hatfield Historical Museum in the large second floor room of Dickinson Memorial Hall (built in 1894) with its high ceilings and covered-over windows, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Should we finish doing data entry on new acquisitions, photograph items to be cataloged, or start going through brown paper bags stashed beneath tables? (donations that were dropped off years ago at a busy time or in between curators and needed a safe place to sit until being reviewed and cataloged...). Or should we instead rescue items from their acidic frames -- things like sepia-toned old photos of tobacco workers or exquisite19th century needlework samplers done by 8- and 11-year-olds?
As an all-volunteer nonprofit that was started 40 years ago (in 1970) on the occasion of the town's 300th anniversary, we find ourselves in the position of too many organizations, where many of the founding members who have played the pivotal roles all these years are now ready to play ancillary roles (or have passed on), but not enough new members have been brought in to replace them. So add to the "to do" list above: solicit new members who like history and/or old things. Oh, and while we're at it, we also need to let the town and the neighboring communities know we're here and how much cool stuff we have. We need to generate buzz!
Don't get crazy now -- bird by bird.