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Wed Oct 19 23:36:58 CDT 2016
apointments and a digital presseance!!!
On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 11:15 PM, Ian S. King <isking at uw.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 8:05 PM, <COURYHOUSE at aol.com> wrote:
> > Hi Mouse -
> > running a museum project is fun but also a lot of work.
> > here is a little framework to think about and discuss Ed# at SMECC .
> > - SPACE
> > you rent or buy a building ($$$$ !)
> > or...
> > place displays in other's premises (can work if they protct your gear)
> > - INSURANCE
> > (property, liability, employee)
> > - UTILITIES
> > ( winter is your enemy, summer is ours in AZ)
> > - SECURE FURANITURE AND FIXTURES
> > (when in doubt, lock it under glass)
> > EMPOLYEES and/or VOLUNTEERS
> > Great to have so you are not the only one chained to the entry
> > employees cost $$$ volunteers no salary - either can be a
> > blessing or a curse if you get a bad one
> > In a message dated 10/19/2016 7:41:07 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
> > mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG writes:
> > There's someone local who's seen my assortment of computer hardware
> > twice and has, each time, told me I should set up a museum.
> > This is tempting, but I don't know the first thing about doing it.
> > About all I'm sure of is that it would involve a lot of stuff I
> > currently have no idea of.
> > I know that there are at least a few people here who've been involved
> > in such things. While all the examples that come to mind are in the
> > USA, and mine would be in Canada, I'm sure there are many respects in
> > which the issues are jurisdiction-independent - and, who knows, there
> > may be such a person in Canada that I just can't recall offhand.
> > So, I'm wondering if there's anyone who'd be willing to share
> > experiences, thoughts, issues, whatever, on the possibility.
> > I'm not looking to make a lot of money off this. If I can turn my
> > computers from money-sink to money-neutral, I'll be content. (They are
> > currently soaking up money in the form of causing me to be renting
> > significantly more storage than I would be if they were to vanish.)
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> So, having done this with a big purse :-) I will endorse the old saying,
> "The way to make a small fortune in the museum business is to start with a
> large one." Having met a lot of folks who have done this in some semblance
> or another, here is my advice.
> Hours by appointment, so that you aren't a slave to it. Even if you can
> find volunteers, because you don't want to burn them out, either.
> Seek educational/public interest donations, rather than counting on
> donations from attendees. I have no experience with the visitor-funded
> approach, but I have doubts.
> Figure out how to offer a unique experience AND pitch it to local media.
> Buy them beers.
> If you can tie into local legislators (I've done this), that's a plus,
> because they know people with money (which is how they get elected).
> If you can tell a potential donor's story well, that encourages the
> potential donor. Here's where you can end up selling your soul.
> Some thoughts, YMMV. Cheers -- Ian
> Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
> The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
> Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical
> Narrative Through a Design Lens
> Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org>
> Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org>
> University of Washington
> There is an old Vulcan saying: "Only Nixon could go to China."
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