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Herb and Dorothy

It’s time for another movie post! Have you seen Herb and Dorothy? This gem of a documentary introduces us to Herb and Dorothy Vogel, who on the surface seem like a couple of ordinary “DINKS” (Double Income, No Kids, he he.) But Herb and Dorothy are no ordinary couple; over their decades together, they managed … Continue reading

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Friendly Friday: Special Collections

This week’s Friendly Friday blog comes from Iowa State University’s Special Collections Department. Special Collections staff updates the blog regularly, writing about the history of the University, new acquisitions, and some fun items the average person might not know about. This past October, Special Collections wrote a wonderful post giving readers a virtual tour of … Continue reading

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Remember This: DDCC

Today I want to spend a minute talking about artifact preservation in general. Basic-level artifact preservation can be summed up into four letters: DDCC What’s DDCC, you ask? Well, I made it up. DDCC stands for: Dark, Dry, Cool, & Constant. When you’re getting ready to store–or display–your items (whether they’re heirlooms, museum artifacts or … Continue reading

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For All Ages

I’m a big fan of trying all sorts of interactive elements on exhibit–even those that are obviously geared toward the lil’ ones. At our recent visit to the Science Center of Iowa, we had a fun time exploring When Things Get Moving experience platform. This is their newest and dare I say, most popular (?) … Continue reading

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Hangers

Do any of you remember the scene from Mommy Dearest, where Joan Crawford throws a fit because she finds a wire hanger in her daughter’s closet? No? Here’s a little something to jog your memory: While I promise not to “have a cow” like Joan in the film, I do want to stress the importance … Continue reading

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Flickering Lights

Here’s another example of random things I see at museums …when I should probably be looking at something else. Let’s go back to The Met. During our visit, we wandered through the Museum’s lovely period rooms and stopped to look at the Room from the Hôtel de Varengeville, Paris. The furnishings were beautiful, as you … Continue reading

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