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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

a finished exhibit

Today I finished installing my first exhibit for pay, Clover Park:  How a school district helped build a community, for the Lakewood History Museum.  The grand opening, complete with ribbon cutting, will take place on Saturday, March 19th, at 1 pm.  The museum itself will be open from noon to six that day (the regular hours are 12-4, Wed.-Sat.).  If you will be in the Tacoma, Washington, area, on that day, we would be very happy to have you drop in!

If you can't, well, here are some photos I took this afternoon after I wiped the last fingerprints off of the display case covers [g]:

The introductory panel.  The graphic design, four large panels, and templates for the smaller panels were created by the inventive Chris Erlich.  I couldn't be more pleased with them.

The first display case.  The 1960-vintage Hudtloff Junior High School beanie is fun.  I mounted it on a styrofoam ball covered in polyethylene fleece.

One of the photo panel walls, including a timeline.

More photos, two small text panels, the acknowledgements panel, and another timeline panel.  Lakes High School has national award-winning choirs, as illustrated at the top of this photo.  The top left panel is about extremely recent history, since the Clover Park Warriors won the Washington state 2A basketball state title, and the Lakes Lancers won the Washington state 3A state basketball title, all in the same week last week.

The other display case, including a 1940-vintage high school diploma (Clover Park High School's first graduating class), and two annuals, a 1940 Clover Park Klahowya, and a 1964 Lakes High School Legend (Lakes' first graduating class).

This is a small sample of what's in the exhibit.  In case you're wondering about the colors, Clover Park High School's colors are kelly green and gold, and Lakes High School's colors are royal blue and orange.  They don't look bad together, do they?


  1. Elaine's right -- it looks great! What a chore it must have been getting everything together, creating time lines, making the interiors of each display so interesting --especially with hats and diplomas; I can picture those just pulling people in to see, and then read more! Well done, Meg!

  2. Thank you!

    There were an awful lot of petty details, I'll grant you [g].

  3. Wow! That looks really real & everything. Like Miles & the holovid, it feels weird to know someone who creates all that out of such disparate elements. Quoth ze spouse, "That's pretty neat."


  4. Thank you!

    You sound like my mother the first time she saw me bake bread. I proofed the yeast, mixed the ingredients, kneaded the dough, let it rise, punched it down, shaped the loaves, and put them in the oven, all while she sat at my kitchen table and chatted with me. Then when I pulled the bread out of the oven, she just stared at it and said, "but honey, that's *real* bread!"

    I'm still not sure what she expected it to be, but I tease her about that to this day [g].