Happy Holidays ya'll! Each year at the Museum we have a month-long Holiday Exhibition called the Gallery of Trees. This year to coincide with the thirty trees decorated by local non-profits, we also decided to do a mini-exhibit of some Christmas and holiday-related items we have in the Collections Department. CONCEPT The Museum's collection department is full … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Christmas Pop-up Exhibit
Happy fall, ya'll! I create this Monthly Curatorial Report for the Museum's Board of Directors to share what I am up to and I plan to start sharing them with you! I am really proud of the work we are able to do, and the projects we have coming up at the Museum. Stay tuned … Continue reading The Curatorial Report: Fall 2017
Hello Readers! We recently redesigned our Civil War Exhibit at the Museum. The exhibit has stayed relatively the same for several decades. While it was full of incredible photographs and unique artifacts, an overall message or story was missing. I started by reading all of the museums files on the Civil War and looking through … Continue reading Civil War Exhibit Revamp
Howdy Readers, This weekend was the opening of the museum's newest exhibit, Cabinet of Curiosities. It has been by far one of my favorite exhibits to work on, and I couldn't wait any longer to share the process with you! The idea for the exhibit has been around for several years. We wanted to do something … Continue reading The Making of Cabinet of Curiosities
Hello Readers! A couple of months ago we completed a redesign of our African-American exhibit. The redesign had been on our minds for a few months, and with the help of a generous donation we were able to accomplish the revamp just in time for a book signing by the author of one of the … Continue reading Exhibit Redesign: African American Heritage of Kankakee County
There's a really great quote about exhibits that goes something like "Cheap, good, or fast. You can only pick two". Recently, I decided to try and do the impossible by fulfilling all three of these categories while redesigning two exhibits and adding another in the North Gallery of the museum . The newly named North … Continue reading Three Exhibits. One Room. Two Months.
Hello Friends! The Barnard Exhibit has been up for a few months now. Its going over pretty well, and I thought I would share a few photos of the finished process. Some of the statue's labels already had stands I made several years ago, but with the help of our resident handyman, we made quite … Continue reading George Grey Barnard Exhibit Part II