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History Inventory Blitz

Hennepin History Museum
Event organized by Hennepin History Museum

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Are you looking for an opportunity to work hands on with history? Want to learn more about behind-the-scenes museum work? Do you want to support the preservation and sharing of local community stories?

If so, please join us for our monthly Collections Inventory Blitz! Our goal will be to catalog and photograph as many artifacts as we can.

Cataloging is the process of closely examining each artifact. It involves measuring, describing the physical characteristics, and uncovering any details we can learn from the object itself (for example, discerning the maker’s mark on a clothing label). This is where you have the opportunity to really get up close and personal with an object. As the most time-consuming part of the process, it’s also where we can use the most hands!

Photography is where we’re going to get the archival-quality images that will allow us to start building a searchable on-line collections database. There are no special skills required! We’ll have one or two people staffing the camera equipment in our photo “studio” and the other volunteers in this area will be queuing up artifacts coming from the catalog table and working with collections staff and each other to figure out how best to highlight the most important feature(s) of each individual artifact.

Please RSVP to Alyssa at alyssa.thiede@hennepinhistory.org so we know how many people to expect.

No experience necessary - we'll provide training!

Please note that visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.