Alpine museum gets new paint, carpet and windows; opening set for May 27
New windows, new carpet, new paint and plenty of enthusiasm will welcome visitors to the opening of the Alpine County Museum May 27.
Taking advantage of the fact that displays had to be moved to allow for the refurbishing, exhibits have been moved, changed and updated, according to museum director Dick Edwards.
Ellen Martin and Edwards spent a lot of time during the off-season cataloguing and photographing the museum collection with the help of Jim Lyons. They used a new digital camera and museum program. The job will take several winter off-seasons to complete, according to Edwards.
The blacksmith shop was removed and will be placed in a shed outside; however, the shed needs to get a concrete floor, a project planned for later in the summer. The blacksmith shop setup will have to be done over the winter as well.
Inside the museum, various exhibits have been moved around to better show them off, a job that was accomplished with volunteer help from Steve and Jeff Martin, Ranger Mark Pupich and Lyons.
The new carpet reduces the sound indoors, Edwards said, and the new windows are ultraviolet-filtered to help protect the collections.
The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 and will feature an Indian taco sale provided by the Mother’s Club of the Hung-a-lel-ti Community.
All items will be on sale at the museum store, except Washoe bead work, with a 10 percent discount for all visitors and a 20 percent discount to members of the Historical Society of Alpine County.
“All in all,” Edwards said, “this year’s opening day should furnish the local community with something new and different in their museum while still providing the out-of-town visitor with a comprehensive study into the history of Alpine County.”
The museum is located on School Street, off Highway 89 heading toward Grover Hot Springs State Park, in Markleeville.