New Year and Major Changes

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This year we have some big changes coming to our galleries.  In early December we closed Abandon Ship:  Stories of Survival, and a week or so later closed the Great Hall.  To make way for an awesome new exhibition about the America’s Cup that will be in the Great Hall, we had to move all of our beautiful ship models into the area where Abandon Ship was.

This area will then become our new Great Hall of Steam.  There will also be a few new models coming out to be displayed, including some of our smaller ones.  Our model makers will also be moving into a new space in this gallery.  All of this change has been interesting to watch as the Great Hall has pretty much looked the same since the 1930’s.

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New Acquisitions

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Photograph by Brock Switzer

While every year we acquire new and amazing objects for the collection, this year in particular we have received some truly special pieces.  One such being a little Egyptian boatman, ca 2040-1802 BCE (Middle Kingdom period).  It is now the oldest piece in the collection, as well as the only one representing ancient Egyptian culture.

Our little boatman is a hand-carved, wooden figure with articulated arms that probably held oars at some point.  It became common practice in the Middle Kingdom for boats to be placed in tombs manned by little figures such as ours, as the deceased would need them to get around in the afterlife, just as they had in life.

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A Visit from Coast Guard Students

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Sailor’s Valentine from Barbados, ca 1875.

On the 28th we had a another visit from the students of the United States Coast Guard’s International Maritime Officer School.  They visit us about twice a year and every time it is a different group of students from different countries.  This time we had students representing 27 different countries and we had artifacts from all but 5, which is not too bad.  Most of the artifacts are prints, but we try to pull out 3D objects wherever possible.  And a big thank you to our photographer Crystal for sharing her photos!

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Button, Button, Who’s got the Button….die?

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Apparently we do!  A great many of them!  It is more frequent than we might like where we run into a collection of materials that we have little to no information about and that was not cataloged fully when it arrived.  Such is the case with these 326 button dies.

And what I mean when I say cataloged is that the collection has been gone through thoroughly, with pictures of each individual die as well as a condition report.  Research should be done on any markings or known makers, etc.  When it was realized that this had not been done, we went ahead and pulled them and now have a wonderful volunteer undertaking the task for us.

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