By Erin Doane, Curator
Normally, I enjoy irony but when I’m on the receiving end of the universe’s sense of humor, I’m not too pleased about it. The museum just opened up an exhibit on the Flood of ’72 a couple weeks ago and I wrote a blog entry about how to salvage water-damaged items. So, on the morning of Monday, July 2 when I discovered that our ac unit in collections storage had sprung a leak, I felt like the butt of a cosmic joke. I don’t think I would have taken it so personally except that a similar thing happened to me at a previous job. That time I had just completed a disaster response workshop that included salvaging items from a kiddie pool filled with water one week before the plumbing in the men’s room decided to leak into collections storage. Just a coincidence? I’m beginning to wonder.
So, just after 9:00 am I walked into textile store to collect the climate information for the past month and was surprised to find puddles of water on the floor. My first thought, of course, was “oh expletive!” My next thought was that I’m glad that I’ve been trained in this sort of thing and that the museum has two boxes of supplies collected just for an emergency like this. I absolutely love it when institutions have disaster plans in place.