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S: The Milwaukee Mitchell Domes

BC: The | The MitchellPark Horticultural Conservatory "The Domes"

FC: The Domes Samira Gdisis 9 March 11 Exploring Museum Professions A photo essay.

1: Greeted by a young lady after a few minutes, we quickly decided it was a good idea to get the membership. The "Domes" are affordable $50 for a family for an entire year and there are reciprocity agreements with many other botanical gardens horticultural conservatories.This young lady was paid. She isn't sure exactly where she wants to work but loves "the Domes." Reminds me so much of the interview with Judy Thompson. ( | Updating the entrance and feel of the Domes seems to be a Board of Directors Objective. Fresh Paint and new contemporary fixtures invite visitors to relax and enjoy "the Domes" No feeling rushed or herded here. | The Receptionist

2: The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, referred to "The Domes" by locals, is described as a conoidal, bee hive shaped, structure of three glass domes covering an acre devoted to preserving and rescuing rare plants. The Domes are an oasis for many during long cold Wisconsin winters. | The Historian and the Planning Committee Member ~ Like the Entrance the Exterior in front of the Domes is getting a face lift.

3: In the show dome (left) changes five times each year and is filled with many annual plant varieties. The Arid Dome (center) is filled with rare and interesting desert plants including a rare collection of Madagascar succulent plants; the Tropical Dome (right) houses tropical plants including a magnificent collection of orchids; banana, orange, and cocoa plants, and a beautiful coi pond. | The Domes are part of the Milwaukee County Parks and are truly "nursery of living....in a continuous process of evolution."(Glaesar, Zenetou, 1996) Volunteer and community involvement bring many interesting programs, and keep the Domes open 365 days a year. | are updating the exterior front of the building

5: At the Domes, working with other organizations and artists from the local community. Each year from January to March the local model train club come in with H scale trains that weave through the Show Dome filled with blooming flowers and a storybook theme. Center left to right: A volunteer mans the "train station" that controls multiple scale models, a horticulturist is dead-heading blooms to keep the flowers bright and beautiful for visitors, kids work with the engineer learning about how the H-scale model trains work.

6: The Desert or Arid Dome houses a rare collection of protected desert plants from around the globe. Seating areas all visitors to watch what is happening. Parakeets and other small birds can be seen flying throughout the desert landscape. A photographer was taking pictures for today for the upcoming Music Under Glass special event but didn't want his own photos taken, carrying out the direction of the special events coordinator and the marketing director.

9: HORTICULTURIST paradise, The Tropical Dome Highlights of this space just keep coming from the waterfall aerating the coi pond to the vibrant blooms to the fruit hanging from the trees. | Outside the doors to the Tropical Dome is a pocket with a list of the tropical birds you can spot as you walk through the Tropical Dome. They nest in trees that nearly touch the top of the 85 foot tall dome. (details on the animals next page)

10: The Education Center and the Animals of the Domes | Director of Education

11: NOT JUST PLANTLIFE The Education Center has is more than it's name this part of the Domes actually is in charge of caring for over 25 species of wild animals. This area, once the gift shop, has been taken over as the educational programs centering around conservation of plant species and animals has grown. Like so many other organizations, the Domes has followed recent trends to focus on education. (Schlatter, 2008) The animals are cared for by biologists and zoologists on staff with the organizations. | The young woman below, biologist, spent her time carefully caring for and observing the animals both in the Education Center and inside the domes.

12: The Mitchell Park Horticulture Conservatory is supported in part by the county of Milwaukee and also by the Friends of the Domes. Though very different each of these entities works together to keep the Domes going. In these pictures there are positions both paid and volunteer represented. The ladies in the gift shop are volunteers with the Friends of the Domes who feel that regardless of the origin of the workers represented the Domes keeps the needs and wonts of the visitor balanced with the mission of conserving and protecting plant life. | Counterclockwise: Volunteers in the gift shop, paid staff at the new concession stand, the calendar for Music Under Glass, horticulturist working in Show Dome, poster for current Show Dome Exhibition, wheelchairs provided for patrons with decreased mobility, staff members preparing for a special event [an important part of Domes fundraising (Glaeser ,Zenetou, 1996)], new painting on the exterior glass of the Desert Dome with seating for guests picnic lunches, fan system maintained by Milwaukee Parks System can make a complete air exchange in a dome in 3.5 minutes.

14: Engineering

16: Curation | Ever-Changing Exhibitions

17: Conservation

18: References Bearman, D. (1990). Chapter 1: Membership, development & participation Functions. In Functional requirements for membership, development & participation systems, Archives and Museum Informatics Technical Report. Retrieved from http://www.archimuse.com/publishing/memb_dev_part/memb_dev_part_Ch1.pdf Glaser, J. R., & Zenetou, A. A. (1996) Museums: A place to work, planning museum careers. (pp. 19. New York, NY: Routledge. Hurley, L. (2000, June 1) Museum pieces: Events in cultural sites. Special Events. Retrieved from http://specialevents.com/mag/meetings_museum_pieces_events/index.html Interview with Judy Thompson, Director of Special Events at the Minnesota Zoo. - Schlatter, N. E. (2008). Museum careers: A practical guide for students and novices (pp. 33-34, 122. Walnut Creek, CA: Leftcoast Press.

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