6 months later . . .

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We are finally ready for shelving! As this post is being written, the crew from Systematics Shelving is putting the final touches on our new lateral files, compact shelving and art storage gridwork. At the same time, we have brought back part of the collections from storage and are looking forward to finding new shelving locations for everything. Unpacking will continue through the summer with a goal of having everything in place for our grand re-opening at the end of September.

‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the Homestead

Marya and Sara were moving,

Trying to stay one step ahead;

Objects were packed with the greatest of care,

In hopes that Fire Suppression soon would be there . . .

Now that all of our permits are in place, Classic Construction has been able to keep the work on this project moving right along.  The extraordinarily mild weather has certainly been in our favor and has allowed more ramp work to be done, the archives floor to be poured and the walls to be framed. The basement has been outfitted for fire suppression and by the end of next week the first floor and the archives will be outfitted as well. Putting fire suppression in a museum full to the brim of 3D objects that all require special handling (very different from the archives, where everything that needed to be moved was already boxed) has demanded the sort of mental gymnastics that makes one grateful for a holiday (or two) in the middle of it. Happy Holidays to All!

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“Ramping” things up

Doing their best to stay ahead of any weather coming our way, Classic Construction has been steady at it in the construction of our new all access ramp and entry way as seen in the photos below:

Marking where the new all access ramp will be

  Marking where the new all access ramp will be

Pavement removed

Pavement removed

Brian Gannon and crew

Brian Gannon and crew

Concrete supports are in!

Concrete supports are in!

They’re baaaack!

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We know what you’re thinking – “Didn’t you already move?” Why, yes, yes we did. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we are relocating the temporary archives office from the Kennard Estate to the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. This move will have us back on Historic Newton ground again and make it much easier for us to interact with other colleagues and associates. You may be wondering exactly what sort of work can be done in an archive when most of the collections are in storage . . . well, stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on just that topic! In the meantime, another shout-out to the Gentle Giant crew who packed us up and moved us out with care, efficiency and a great sense of humor.

Insides out

More images from the demolition portion of the project:

Looking east from what was the gift shop.

Looking east from what was the gift shop.

Looking east before breaking through to the garage.

Looking east before breaking through to the garage.

Looking west from what was the garage space.

Looking west from what was the garage space.

A lift that is nearly old enough to be a museum object itself!

A lift that is nearly old enough to be a museum object itself!

A well below what was a closet in the gift shop.

A well below what was a closet in the gift shop.

While almost everyone else was on vacation in August, the folks at Classic Construction were very busy getting the demolition portion of the project started. They started by cleaning out what we refer to as the “crawl space,” literally unearthing some of the treasures shown below.

Classic Construction is the general contractor for this project.

Classic Construction is the general contractor for this project.

Crawlspace under the former archives space

Crawlspace under the former archives space

Cardboard missile used in anti-nuclear weapons effort by Newton chapter of Women Action for Nuclear Development in the 1980s.

Cardboard missile used in anti-nuclear weapons effort by Newton chapter of Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1980s.

One of two pieces of a rocking chair made for Caroline Jackson by her beau Ross Winans.

One of two pieces of a rocking chair made for Caroline Jackson by her beau Ross Winans.

Gone, But Not Forgotten

“The Jackson Homestead and Museum’s archival storage area, which is quite literally packed to the ceiling with collection materials, will soon undergo a major renovation. If plans proceed on track, within the next two years we will almost double our storage area, improve climate control and fire suppression, and dramatically increase our ability to care for, organize, and use our archival collections – all in service of our overarching mission to collect and preserve historical materials for public benefit.”

The above quote comes from the cover of our Summer 2010 newsletter. At long last, on Thursday, July 9, 2015, the moving truck came and took it all away. We are already looking forward to bringing it back!

Kate inventoried and created labels for the nearly 700 collections boxes that went to storage.

Kate inventoried and created labels for the nearly 700 collections boxes that went to storage.

Getting ready to move.

Getting ready to move.

Making a mess while getting organized!

Making a mess while getting organized!

It got bigger before it all went on the truck!

It got bigger before it all went on the truck!

After

After

The guys at Gentle Giant were amazing!

The guys at Gentle Giant were amazing!