Victorian Holiday Preparations!

(Photographer: Robert K. O’Daniell)

L-R Alice Hu, sophomore strings popcorn and Sally Pennacchi and George Pennacchi, both sophomores make Orange Pomanders at the Champaign County Historical Museum in Champaign, IL. on Saturday, December 8, 2012. University High School students were adding Victorian accents and making holiday foods of the period. The Museum is open from noon to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


Year End Report

As part of the Museum’s mission to provide educational programs about the County’s heritage and the Museum’s collections, Mrs. Adele Suslick, a ninth-grade English teacher at University Laboratory High School (hereinafter referred to as Uni High) who is also a member of the CCHM Board of Trustees, proposed to her students that they learm something about museums and how they operate. When more than 20 signed up to participate, a multiphase project began to develop in January 2011. Three major phases were planned to keep the overall project from overwhelming CCHM oversight capability.

The first and most ambitious phase involved the Museum’s collections. Subcategories in this phase included learning what constitutes a museum collection, how the collection is maintained and stored, how to determine what segments of the collection may be exhibited to the public, and procedures for handling the collection items. Also included was guidance on how to take down and store the items of an exhibit already on display, how to prepare for and set up a new exhibit for display, and the need for proper documentation and labeling of exhibit items.

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