Ah, but here’s the rub! As is the case for many small historical society museums, we don’t actually have room in our museum to work on larger pieces like textiles – especially now that we’re open to the public two days a week. Working on them in the north Town Hall Community Room made perfect sense, since that’s where the museum is moving after the elevator is installed. BUT, the room was full of boxes of papers left over from when first floor offices were disrupted during last year’s construction. AND, we needed to make new keys for the doors. AND, we needed tables to work on, AND we needed to clean the room. Each of these steps took time and effort.
But lo and behold, we are almost there! Pictured below is the crew* (minus yours truly) who moved the first batch of about 20 boxes down from the museum and up to the Town Hall 2nd floor recently. Also many thanks to the Hatfield Fire Department, who maneuvered our incredibly heavy work tables from the Town Hall Balcony to the Community Room, and to Smith Academy (who donated the old science lab tables). Thanks also to David Sabin, locksmith, and Jonathan Bardwell, carpenter, and our DPW Director Phil Genovese and Selectmen Jeff Boyle, Ed Lesko and Brian Moriarty for making the room available. And to our cleaning crew**, who also cleaned the Balcony Storage.
Can you help us move the rest of the boxes on Wed. morning, April 15? Either join us at the museum around 9:15 am, or at the Town Hall side door at 9:45 am. RSVP if at all possible. Must be able to walk up stairs carrying boxes. Thanks!
*Moving crew: (from left to right): Hannah Zahn, Amy Hahn, Marta Bilodeau, and Rick Bertram.
**Cleaners: Marta Bilodeau, Hannah Zahn, Ruth and Charlie Kellogg, and Kathie Gow.
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