June 9, 2009
Every summer Huronia Museum brings on a new batch of summer students to help us out through the busy tourist season. In fact, our small staff usually doubles in size from June through August.
These students become the Unofficial Peas. The Pod is a homebase of sorts. A hub for all summer student activities. Nahanni, our administrator and the other official Pea, and I interview, introduce and train these “baby peas” if you will. Since these baby peas are such an important part of our summer operations I felt it was only right to dedicate a little blog space to them. These guys work very hard throughout the summer delivering tours, running the day camp, keeping things tidy and handling the retail operations on the weekends. Some of the jobs they do are not particularly exciting, but they do them and they do them well so I thought they deserved a little recognition.
My last two posts were to introduce them, but throughout the summer I will do updates on some of the interesting project they are working on.
April 24, 2009
I thought it might be a good idea to explain to people exactly what the Pod is.
The Pod is the office at Huronia Museum in which I work. It is a small square room roughly100 square feet. It contains 4 medium sized desks, put together so it is more like 2 large L-shaped desk. There is a bank of cupboards hung on one wall above a sink and counter with more cupboards below. There are wall mounted shelves that hang in an L above each desk as well as two large Ikea cubby hole bookcases stacked one on top of the other for additional storage. It gets topped off by the last bits of free space being taken up with one large and one small filing cabinet. Needless to say it is a very full room and I am not alone in the Pod. There are in fact two peas in this Pod. At one time there were three but for that you have to exchange the bookcases for another desk. Oh, and there are no windows in the Pod.
The peas in this particular Pod are the museum’s Administrator and Education Coordinator (that’s me). Like all other positions in this small regional museum these positions wear many hats, sometimes changing them two or three times a day. Like every other workspace in the museum, a great deal gets done in limited space. We at Huronia Museum are experts at using space to its utmost. From here programs are created and planned for, grant proposals are written, a newsletter is created, events are planned, and it is hub for all the general administrivia that goes along with operating a not-for-profit organization. We are busy peas.
As a result the Pod is an industrious place. Industry often produces waste.
This is Nahanni’s desk. Note: two keyboards, two coffee cups and the pink princess pen.
This is my desk. It doesn’t always look like this. Sometimes it is worse. Note: the numerous post-its on the monitor and the small George Clooney postcard in the corner.
This is what is going on behind my desk. Note: Complete Chaos!
So that is the Pod. For all the mess and disorganization it is a happy and productive place. And like the sign on the door says, This is where the magic happens!
April 6, 2009
Huronia Museum has recently become a member of Campbell’s Labels for Education program. This is a fantastic program offered to schools and other educational organizations to help acquire educational resources from sports equipment to musical instruments. Each registered organization collects labels from eligible Campbell’s products, each one has an assigned points value and accrued points can then be redeemed for any items in their redemption catalogue. This is a great program and will be very helpful in stocking our day camp with toys and sports equipment.
If you would like more information on this program or are interested in donating your labels to Huronia Museum but aren’t sure if yours are eleigible, please visit the Campbell’s Labels for Education web site. http://www.labelsforeducation.ca/english/index.asp
February 27, 2009
This is our department’s first blog post. It was suggested that we start sharing some of the exciting things that go on in our department in a bigger way on the world wide web. We are currently in the middle of our Heritage Programs for Grade three students. This program is all about our pioneers and building the community of North Simcoe.
Many thanks to our sponsors for this program again this year: Ideal Rebekah Lodge 199. Midas Auto Service Experts, Tiny Township Lions Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 68, Port McNicoll Lions Club, Midland Lions Club, Midland Civitans, Ferguson Barristers and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 80 and the Ladies Auxilliary. Thanks to them over 200 students will be visiting the museum over the new few weeks.