S: Museum Visit Photo Essay of SRAC
BC: It is obvious to see that many positions in the museum are represented within these pictures. Although the professionals were not standing next to their work it we can see what they do on a daily basis. It is great to see a small museum like SRAC grow this big from what it started as and it is staffed all by volunteers! Many of whom are taking up multiple roles to make the museum succeed!
1: Due to the limited number of volunteers at the museum and because there are no paid positions at SRAC, many of the jobs done here are done by the same people. For instance, the gift shop is run by the same people giving the tours, planning the special events, and being the security. Also, because money is tight and it is so close to my wedding I had to come and to the museum I volunteer at. If it were at at different time I wold have picked a larger and more different museum. I hope you understand. Thanks!
2: Upon arriving to the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) you walk into the gift shop. This store is staffed by all volunteers and also by the director who also manages the store and the management of the museum.
3: Since SRAC is such a small museum, security guards are out of the question, so instead, when I asked what they do for security the director pulled up the program they use for all of their cameras. Here she shows me the main exhibit hall on camera.
4: Walking straight back into the museum takes you to the lecture hall, which for the past two months has held the special East African exhibit. This was set up by our special events committee, director, and docents.
5: This is another view of what the special events committee set up. Although hard to see in this picture, there is a light fixture that was recently set up to hide some of the lights from the public. This was set up by the maintenance staff, as well as all the wall drapery to hide the cases.
6: On the opposite side of the building is the permanent exhibit hall. This houses thousands of Native American artifacts. It was set up by the educator/director and the collections manager/ exhibition designer. The educator mainly had to do with the information kiosk at the end of the room.
7: The Woolly Mammoth exhibit was set up by the exhibition designer as well as an artist and a lighting specialist. The artist helped cover a poll with a "tree" and pant a mural around the wall and floor to make it seem like the days of the woolly mammoth . The Lighting specialist helped set the mood.
9: These pictures show what the historians and archaeologists, who are the docents, show off at SRAC. Exhibition designers, the curator, and the lighting specialist help with all of these cases.