Museum Advisory Board Meeting – January 20, 2021

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Museum Advisory Board Meeting – January 20, 2021

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So we’ll call the meeting to order 430. And I thought maybe we’ll just do a quick roll call. I know everybody’s here, but just so Joanne has it. I think everyone’s here. So Megan Dale, Chris bryden. Susie, Thomas, me, Ria. Kelly. And so it looks like it’s great. Full House. Terrific. And Joanne mentioned there isn’t. There’s no public to be heard tonight.

Excuse me.

So I guess, um, I would like to start with approval of the minutes. So if somebody has, I would make a motion.

I move to approve.

Great. Thank you, Chris. Is there a second? Oh, bryden Oh, sorry.

I’ll second.

Thank you. All in favor, say aye. Please wave your hand. Hi, most. Okay, that passes unanimously.

Thank you.


I guess we’ll get this might be the shortest meeting on record. Um, Eric, do you want to tell us about the accessions. We’ll do that next.


So we have three accessions today. The first one is another in our COVID-19 Collection. This came from from Public Safety Department of the city and the couple of photographs from early in the days of COVID when they were actually kind of showing people what someone wearing PP would look like. And then the one in the middle is actually a photo that the police took us a thank you too long, tucky distillery, they were making hand sanitizer for the city early on. So that is the three digital photos that we’re proposing from that collection. Next slide. So these are the vials the first vials used for vaccinating people in Longmont, both from Long’s peak hospital, out on the east side of town and from Longmont united hospital, on Mountain View Avenue.


both of them the bonds peak one looks a little different because they actually totally cleaned it out. Interestingly enough, Longmont united, there’s a tiny amount of vaccine left inside my first thought as a little freaked out, I was like, Oh, my God, they gave us a full vial. And then I realized, no, it’s actually just a tiny drop up in the up in the neck. So anyway, those those were things that we reached out to them, and they were very pleased to do that. So any questions on any of those proposed exceptions?

I don’t have a question, I just want to make sure that everybody understands kind of what went into this, Eric really took the lead in trying to think about objects that would represent this moment in time. And so he deserves a lot of credit for reaching out to the hospitals to try to get this so that we, I mean, this is a historic moment and trying to understand how we document that is a little ambiguous at this time. And I just want to make sure that we give a lot of credit to Eric to for understanding how to how we might figure this out. So everybody needs to know that. Thanks, Ken.

That same line, Eric, what do you have like kind of a bucket list for things that you’re thinking would be good for us to to collect at this point, or as we kind of go through this.

So some of the things that that have come up as possible things to collect. One is related to the Cal woodfire since it was so close to Longmont, whether there is some debris, you know, a melted bicycle or something that museum might want to acquire. I’ve haven’t had as much as I again asked about some feelers and haven’t haven’t gotten any responses. So but definitely if you know of anybody who was affected who might have Something like that some, something we would be interested in. He’ll definitely want to collect masks and some things like that. It’s just, we sort of feel like people are still using them. And I think really anything that relates to either the response to COVID, or also any of the other events over 2020, there’s really a lot that has happened in 2014. And so we are still, I think processing a lot of that. I know, Smithsonian has done a ton of collecting from protests and so forth, as has history Colorado. And, you know, we haven’t had that level of protest in in Longmont. But certainly, those are our areas that I think people approached us with items from any of the protests that have occurred, we would would definitely consider that as well.

Thank you.

Okay. So is there a motion to approve the proposed accessions?

I move we approve the proposed accessions as presented. Thank you, Dale.

Is there a second? Second? Thank you, Tom. All in favor of accepting the proposed successions as presented

your hand? Very good.

Thank you All opposed? That’s a unanimous vote in favor. Thank you. Kim, would you like to give the Director’s Report please?

Sure, I’d be happy to. Again, I think you guys all got this in your packet. I think I will go over most of it tonight. But again, if you’ve got questions, please feel free to interrupt me, I’m looking in this direction. So you might have to say something out loud. So that I can, you can get my attention. So starting with the first bullet point there, you know, we’ve gone back and forth in terms of being closed and being open, and what category we fall into and all of these things. So if you recall from the last time we met, we had the basically the state had created a new category that included museums, that was educational institutions. And so we were able to reopen under that. And then, since then, the Dalles moved to orange, which in practical application didn’t change that much about what we were doing, because we were able to open under red under this new category. And the basically, what the difference is, is the caps, so you easily either use a calculator for the amount of space that you have, or there’s the cap. And so because of our spaces, those numbers didn’t change very much at all. So. So this move to orange, in fact, didn’t do very much for the Museum at all. It did change staffing levels in the museum. But really, other than that, it didn’t change anything. So but just so you know, it moved to orange. And as far as I understand, it’s still in orange. Luckily, the other thing that we have experienced, and I think probably you know, is that there was an expectation that we would see a rise in cases after the New Year’s holiday, and people getting together. And I don’t think that we have seen that bump, and here we are, the 20th of the month and I and we still haven’t seen that bump. So we’re still hopeful that that isn’t going to happen. And we’ll still start seeing decline in in case numbers. So that’s really good for us. Go down then to the marketing membership and development portion of the of the report. We got an additional donation from the Stuart Family Foundation for $100,000. You may recall that we got $100,000 earlier in the year. And then I think last year we got about $80,000 after Lyla had passed away. So cumulatively after Lyle’s death, we’ve received $280,000 from the Stuart Family Foundation, and we’re likely to receive even more from them. This was talked about early in this additional $100,000 was talked about in terms of matching some of our fundraising efforts. So the webathon that we had at the end of the year, our annual campaign, those kinds of fundraising activities they were going to match For us, and ultimately, what they ended up doing, which was really very lovely is that in, we I’m not going to remember the number off the top of my head, but we didn’t bring in $100,000. And yet they gave us $100,000. So that was a very, very generous additional donation that they gave. Just FYI for you guys, that lives that money lives in the friends account. So you’re aware that we have the Friends of the Longmont museum. And so the $200,000 that we received from them actually lives in their bank accounts at this point. And the reason that we did it that way is that we want to be really strategic about how we realize revenue, because it impacts our scfd. thresholds for revenue for tier two. So putting it in the friends fun actually gives us the ability to kind of make sure that we are well positioned to reach the threshold every year for tier two. So just so you know that that that’s where that money lives. The annual campaign was actually seriously successful this year, we brought in more money than we ever have for that annual campaign at 15,360.

So far, we’ve received $157,000, from the scfd, tier two revenue, and we still have one more distribution that we’ll see in March of this year. So that represents the calendar year of distributions. So they had originally estimated $125,000, and that was based on and I know I’ve said this many times, but just to reiterate, that was based on a 30% reduction of the scfd revenue that they received from taxes. And so what we’re seeing is that that 30% reduction in their estimates was way low, they’re seeing something more like two and a half or 3% of a reduction in the tax revenue that they’re getting. And so that’s why we see even now, even more money than they had estimated. So at $157,000, I don’t know what the final distribution will end up being because that’s going to be on based on actual tax revenue. But but it will be significantly more than what they had estimated originally, which is very, very positive news. We also submitted an application for the Colorado arts relief funds. This is a state funds that were dedicated for arts institutions, to try to help people who are really suffering. And the reality of that is that they are targeting with this these relief funds, they are really target targeting organizations that are on the verge of closing, we have been very, very lucky threw out this and that we have city support. There are a lot of nonprofit organizations and arts organizations that aren’t faring so well at all. So I don’t have a lot of optimism that we’re going to get any money from this art really fun. But I submitted an application. So perhaps we will see a little bit of money from that. So I’ll let you know if that happens. And I’ll just add my own personal opinion about this, like this money really does need to go to organizations that are seriously at risk. And so if that’s what happens, I will not be disappointed. And let’s see, what else do we have? We’ve got the newsletter that was just released today. So many of you have probably seen that in your inbox. Again, we’ve got some amazing programs that we have developed in this weird moment in time, I’m forever indebted to the staff for being able to stay creative and responsive. And they continue to do online programming. I think that what we’re seeing with a lot of the, you know, the vaccines and the projections about how long we’re going to be in this weird moment, it just makes sense for us to continue doing online programming. And so we’ve done a lot of that we are open so we will as soon as the exhibit opens, we’re open. But that really is just going to be for exhibits. It’s not going to be for programming and that sort of thing. So auditorium events are going to be online and our classes and things like that will remain online. And I think that that remains prudent at this point in time. And as things open up and as people get healthy and all of that then we’ll be responsive. Go ahead let Eve

I just had one quick question. I did look at that newsletter. And I noticed that like the art and CIP and and concerts and all that kind of stuff, they’re all free and I wondered is it just too much overhead to try to restricted only to ticketed people is that one of the reasons or just?

Well, there’s a couple of different things that we’ve been playing with. So one, specifically with art and sip, we did try to charge for that at some point and we got no registrations whatsoever. And then so we started to do, you know, like a little bit. And so we’ve we’ve played with it to see kind of where people are willing to spend money and where they aren’t. And ultimately, where we landed is that, for a lot of those programs, what we’re going to end up doing is it’ll be in house, so we aren’t going to be hiring contractors for them, which means that reduces our expenses. And so the staff will be conducting those classes. And that gives us a little bit more flexibility to be able to offer them for free. And that’s what we’ve, like I said experimented with is that they they the numbers are drastic in terms of people who who are signing up for them, free versus paying for them. And so what we’ve decided is that we’ll just monitor those expenses, and still be able to offer some programs for our constituents. And so it’s been difficult to monetize those things. Some people have been successful at it. I know. Swallow Hill, for instance, is having concerts that people pay for, I think that we’ve tried to hit a note where we are balancing a line of being able to offer things to the community, and balancing that with the expenses that we have.

Great, thank you. I just was was curious, because I know I for other institutions, I’ve seen, you know, a mix. And, you know, I know some of the things, some of the presentations are not in house, you know, I know art and CIP is but some of the other things, obviously, they might assume that the museum is paying for.

Right and, and part of that is that we really are trying to be at least revenue neutral. And so if we are if something costs more than we’re bringing in, we try to bring in sponsorship dollars. And so what we’re trying to do is maintain that at least breaking even. And whether that’s revenue that’s coming in, or whether that’s some kind of sponsorship, we’re just trying to be as as responsible as we possibly can with those dollars.

Cool. Thank you. Okay,

that anybody else have questions about that?

Okay, no, I was just gonna say that. That’s what I’m finding with a lot of the Denver museums, also,

because we’re members of pretty much all the museums in Denver, and most of them have

free events if you’re a member.

Yeah, it’s it is it’s been really difficult for us to be able to monetize the online programs. And and I think that what where we’ve arrived as a as a staff is that we could, we could see our attendance drop off if we start to charge more, or we could provide things for free and just watch our expenses. And so we’ve really tried to balance that so that we are able to offer programs for folks. Thanks so much, Chris, for offering that too. Let’s see where was that? Something else? Sorry. Okay, I’ll continue. Let’s see, we’re beginning to work on promoting some of the events that are listed in that newsletter. So there’s a lot of promotion that’s going on through Facebook and community calendars and that sort of thing. We’ve also are finalizing some of the advertising for the upcoming enduring impressions exhibition that opens on January the 29th. And we’re very, very excited about this show. So everybody should tune in for the virtual opening reception and come to the museum to see that extra exhibit. It’s going to be very cool in the education department. So these are some fun numbers. And we’ve distributed 92 discovery days art supply kits to families in need the week before Christmas at the food and grocery distribution sites. And we included tons of great art supplies and discovery day scholarship information. You may recall that the Dodge family has supplied some funds to be able to provide scholarships for folks for some of the programs that we offer. And also included in that were resources about how to get free internet, some psychological support and rental assistance. So we really tried to provide a lot of information for folks in this bizarre time that we’re living through, and you know, really try to be a resource for folks, in all the different sort of fingers that we do. January discovery days, enrollment is increasing to 55 for the month, and we’ve been to we anticipate a jump back to 80 or more in February, that’s been a really, really successful program. So, again, going back to what you were asking about Eve, I think that through this, we’re experiment a little bit, and we’re trying to see where people are gravitating. And so discovery days is one of those places where we’re seeing a lot of really good response. We continue to offer outreach reach kits, through the season, the week of January 11, we install deinstalled Day of the Dead. So that was last week, whatever that was. So that is gone. And we’re now in the process of doing the installation for the impressionist exhibition. And we are meeting with the Innovation Center. So this was a partnership that we established Now a couple of years ago. And we’re continuing to work through it Coronavirus, totally threw a monkey wrench and a lot of these plans, but we are still trying to move it forward. And so there are going to be some field trips that are established through that program. And then we’re also working with them on the mobile lab collaboration. And a lot of what they are working through with that progress project is telling hard histories. And so essentially, the curriculum that they’re developing for the mobile lab for the st. Brain school district is going to be really challenging stuff. But I think things that will be ways that people are the students will be able to learn about history in a really different way. And so for instance, one of the things that we’ve been talking about is the ammachi enter internment camp. And so they’re doing it in in inventive ways. They’re doing a graphic novel. And so being able to kind of take take new methodologies and look at these difficult histories, I think engages the students in a way that they can really kind of understand it, and then in a visceral kind of way, so those projects are going forward, a little bit slow, but we’re working on it. And we’ve also had, as you guys know, I think that we got a grant from the Colorado historical records advisory board that allowed us to do some digitizing. So Rocky Mountain audio visual productions, did digitized 45 videotapes from Channel eight. And these go back to the 1980s. And some of them are funny and cool and a little silly. And, Eric, I don’t know, if you want to chime in on some of these.

Yeah, we’ve got some 1980s, there was a brief time in Longmont had a cable news program. And, and the anchors are totally like, out of the 80s the big hair and you know, it’s pretty interesting to to see some of those. And then there’s some others that are, you know, some great oral histories that were done in the late 80s, early 90s. People who are now long gone. great resources.

So this is a I mean, just again, because you guys are all interested in stuff, I’ll expand just a little bit, you know, digital media, and preserving digital media is really a, a kind of a topic that’s on the forefront for archivists. It changes like daily, you know, like, what’s the best best methodology? And how do you preserve these things the best? And do you constantly change the format, and so on and so forth. So Eric has done a great job and really staying on top of what’s happening in the field, to understand what the best sort of preservation methods are. So I give him a lot of props for not just writing the grant, but being able to get some of these things digitized for future folks. And who knows, we may turn them into another format into the future, but we’re doing the best that we can to make sure that these are in a format that will be enduring, if you will. I lien who’s the registrar at the museum continues to make all kinds of insurance and shipping arrangements for enduring impressions. Those works of art showed up at the museum yesterday. And so she was at the collectors apartment collecting those things. And so they are on site and being hung on the walls as we speak basically. Um, we’ve also as a as Eric already mentioned, we’ve been doing some work to acquire the COVID vaccine vials. And I’m sure Eric will work on other ideas about how we collect that material culture. He also wrote a grant to get a UV light meter. And so we’ll be using that to be able to monitor the lighting in our gallery. And again, just because I know you guys are all interested in this, that’s a really important thing for museums, because light can damage artwork, and especially artwork that has its own works on paper. And so having this light meter helps us a lot to try to understand the amount of light that we are able to expose different works of art to or different archival materials to show that we are doing the best that we can to preserve those things. So this light meter is actually a really good tool for that. In terms of our exhibitions, we’ve been doing a lot of different things. One of the things that the exhibitions department has done recently is that with some upgrades that have happening that have happened over at the Civic Center, we have reframed all of the City Mayors of photographs. And those will be installed. I think they were installed last week, if I remember correctly. And so you know, some fun, other duties as assigned happen for us. And then we’re also waiting on inks, we got a new plotter for the exhibitions department. And so we’re waiting on the inks for that to arrive so that we can use that to its full potential. We, they have also worked a lot with helping with the discovery days, the exhibitions department, I have to say like everybody has just pitched in on everything that we’ve been doing lately. So as we go through this, you’ll see a lot of cross collaboration. So building those discovery day kits, and also the Day of the Dead kids was a lot of work. And so everybody kind of pitched in to make those things happen. Um, let’s see, we’ve got the Impressionism exhibition that’s going on with there will be a catalog for that exhibition. And so we should be seeing that in the museum soon, it’s going to be a beautiful publication. We’re finishing up the design, there’s also an addition to the exhibition with the impressionist work. That little portal gallery is also going to include a didactic, about how to make lithographs. And so we’ve borrowed some pieces from the CSU printmaking department in order to be able to tell that story well. And so that’s going to be in that sort of Portal gallery will will tell you basically how lithographs are made. So that’s going to be happening, we do as you might expect,

we have a, this is a relatively expensive exhibition, the value of the artwork is high. And so we’re going to be contracting with Trident security. And we’ve also worked with the long months public safety, to be able to have a little bit extra security for this exhibition. So we’re feeling really good in terms of our cameras, and in terms of the coverage that we’re going to have. And so we’re we’ve got the security kind of protocols really nailed down. So we’re very excited about that. The public safety has been very, very helpful with us for that, they they helped us kind of develop a protocol for the areas that were weak and what we needed to pay attention to. So they’ve been really helpful. And then in the spring of 2023, we’ve got a spot that we are considering a contemporary Native American art exhibition. So we’re going to be working on that in the future. We’ve got a consultant that is helping us with that. And so that’s probably going to be we you’ll see more about that coming up. In terms of auditorium and special events and rentals. That’s the next section on your report. They’re 2020 by the numbers. So this is going to give you just a brief snapshot of what happened in the auditorium this year. There were 37. Last year, sorry. There were 3037 programs, that 28 of them were virtual. There are 171 program participants, including performers, panelists, speakers, that sort of thing. That’s a lot of people to try to manage. Just FYI. There were 2500 plus minutes of live stream video 40,000 plus views, including Facebook, long, long public media and YouTube, and over 1000 minutes of video that was viewed. So we really did an amazing job of translating What we did in the auditorium to an online format, and I am intensely grateful for the staff that worked on that there was, it was a lot of work to kind of get ourselves up to speed. And I think they did an amazing job to be able to do that. And we did get through the city manager’s office and the cares dollars that they received, we got some technology upgrades in the auditorium. And so you can see some of the details there in terms of video and sound. But basically, what that allows us to do is that we can live stream in a much more streamlined way. We bet we have contracted with one lot public media, to be able to bring some of those things, there’s a city contract that they have been able to help us live stream those things. And so basically, what this allows us to do is that they don’t have to bring their own equipment in, that we’ve got this equipment already in the auditorium. And that will, we will be able to use that equipment forever, it’s going to be a really wonderful thing to be able to have that space outfitted with that equipment. So we’re we’re so happy and grateful for the city manager’s office to that. Some of you probably participated in the webathon. And so that was actually a really very fun event. And we raised about 6560 $600 or so. And so again, that was matched by that $100,000 donation from the Stuart Family Foundation. We did, we will be doing with a virtual opening reception coming up on the 28th for the impressionist exhibit. And we’re going to have our guest curators, I’m in second there. We’ve got a pre filmed interview with the donors, the collector’s doctors and Mr. mower. And so that’ll be on the opening reception. And then we’re going to have live piano performances would they be saved rebell and other impressionist composers, so that’ll be a really fun way to translate this to an online thing in a condition where is not great to be able to bring a bunch of people into the museum. So it should be fun if you wanted to knit. We don’t have any rentals in January, we do have some rentals into the spring and some rental inquiries into the spring and then into the summer. So I do think that what we’re seeing some movement in terms of people’s willingness to be able to rent the space. So I do expect that to kind of pick up as we start to see the vaccines rollout and that sort of thing.

Let’s see, we do have our Friday afternoon concerts that are coming back in February, March and April, Thursday nights at the museum will be virtual, and that’s going to be 14 different free programs. Again, you’ve as you noted, we also have a new program that we’re launching, which is called the big picture climate change series. And that is co presented with the city’s climate action taskforce along with kgn you belong lot leader and the sustainable, resilient Longmont. And so that’s going to be a basically a lecture series. But for this season, it’s going to focus on earth, fire, water, wind, what’s the other one?

wind, air,

air, there you go. So that’s going to be kind of an nice thematic drop. We also have on April the 24th, that Earth Day celebration that’s going to be also with sustainable, resilient long month. And then the next section there with the visitor services department. And we were able to reopen on December the 15th. And we had 39 visitors during the 12 days that we were open in December. I think we’ve talked about this before. But we have seen a really big decline in terms of the people who are coming to the museum, even when we do have our doors open. But we’ve seen that offset a lot by the virtual programming that we’ve done. And so in total, I think that what we’re going to end up seeing is that our attendance, if you will is going to be right in line with what we’ve seen in the last couple of years, which is about 60 65,000 people. And so for what we will see in 2020 is that most of those are virtual attendance. But it’s it’s been great to see that we’ve still been able to maintain that kind of engagement. And the book sales have been amazing. So for Eric’s book, about the history of long mine, which I think that you all got a copy of we’ve seen A strong month, both online and in person. And we do have curbside pickup available. So we sold a total of 736 books for the month of December. I could I don’t know the total total off the top of my head, Eric, do you?

I think it’s 736 total since the start of because we just got the books in mid November.

So Oh, gotcha, gotcha. So, we also had some grab bags available from the merchandise that we had leftover from the Day of the Dead. And that actually was kind of a fun way to be able to get rid of the merchandise from you know, that we wouldn’t be able to store otherwise. And so there was also curbside pickup available for those. And then now we’re starting to gear up for the Impressionism exhibit. So I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to have some good gift shop sales for Impressionism. And then we’re working on exactly what that attendance looks like. So with all of this virtual programming, we’ve had to sort of re refigure out how we calculate some of these things, and especially for our CFD purposes, we’re trying to capture as much data as we possibly can, so that we can report that attendance. And Elizabeth is really the one who, who is the guru of all of that

reporting and

that data collection. So she’s been spending a lot of time on that. And then she also has been working with Eric on the historic walks, and we’ll be offering seven tours this year instead of the usual four. And that’s because of the 100 and 50th anniversary. And then also Longmont public media is going to record at least one of those tours. And then for the art in public places program, we’ve got an intern that is helping to complete an interpretive walking tour. And this is going to be kind of in line with some of the other walking tours that we’ve developed for that online platform. And so Courtney is the intern that really put that together. And, you know, kudos to her, she now is going to be moving on to a museum studies graduate program at George Washington. Oh, she applied for George Washington and at Syracuse. So it’s, it’s just nice to see. I mean, we host a lot of interns. So I think that it’s good to see folks that go on to do their graduate work. And then I think one of our other interns was a industrial design intern, and now she’s a museum studies. student. So you know, we we convert some people every once in a while to get to our field. So that’s also very nice. And the commission the IPP commission is also working on maintenance and identifying missing plaques. And so this has been a project that has sort of been delayed maintenance, if you will. And so they are really spending a lot of time working on identifying where we need to get some missing, or replace some of those missing pocs. And make sure that people know which what work is what they are also working on a strategic plan this year. And so they’ve been collaborating with the Colorado creative industries to be able to get some of resources from them. And then sort of the thing that always gets pushed off to the backburner, the urine file cleanup, we Luckily, one of the benefits of having the our doors closed is that we’ve been able to transfer our front desk staff to be able to help with some of this file maintenance, this delayed file maintenance. And so that’s been one of the sort of silver linings of moments when we have had to close our doors. So that’s been a positive result of of some of these weird times that we’re living through. Any questions? That’s the end of the report.

I just have one question. That was my recollection that the maybe it was dead, the dead was actually videotaped. And so people could could actually visit online. Are we going to do that for the Impressionists? I mean, I realized we probably want people to come into the building. But you know, some people may still not be comfortable, or maybe it’s something that’s done later on. Is that in the works, because I think that would be nice.

Yeah. So I am not going to remember off the top of my head when we started doing this, but I think it was at least two years ago, that we contracted with the 360 video videographer and we will continue to do that ongoing and it just was fortuitous. If that we We started doing that before the Coronavirus happened. Because what that does for us is it gives us a sort of 360 degree video of being able to kind of walk through that exhibition space. And so that was one of the first things we launched when the when we have to close our doors is that we could say, Come experience one of our exhibitions virtually. And so we have every intention to continue doing that with all of our exhibitions. And the way that we’ve been doing it is that basically, we record it, we record that video early in the exhibition, but we don’t release that video until towards the end so that we are able to kind of bait people, if you will.

Sure. Well, it’ll be interesting to see I saw online that the tickets will be timed for people who are actually coming in. So I think that will be something new.

Yeah, thanks for bringing that up. We’ve really, again, this is all Elizabeth because she is the database guru. But what we decided is, you know, prior to this exhibition, we didn’t really have a need for this. We did we almost never, I’m going to go so far as to say we never were at a moment where we were going to exceed our capacity in the gallery space. With this exhibit, we think that we will. And so that’s why we’re implementing the time tickets. And I think that that’ll just make things a little bit easier for everybody, including the front desk and our visitors.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Is my brain. Sure. I have one other quick question that had to do with we’re talking about oral histories when we were talking about the digitizing of those videotapes? Is there a place in Longmont or an institution or some where that houses oral histories for a long while, you know, like Carnegie Library in Boulder does? Is there something similar in Longmont? It seems like there are a lot of people whose oral histories would be really great to get before those people go away. Do Go ahead.

The Historical Society did an oral history program. I’m not it’s been a long time since

I was there. So I’m not sure that it’s

ongoing. But didn’t we give those to the museum? Eric?

No, they’re they’re still at the Historical Society. I use some of them in my book. But yeah, the actual tapes, and they’ve

been transcribed. But of course, this is all 1980s

technology, or it was in the 80s and 90s. whatnot. Mm hmm. Yeah.

One of the things that I’m starting to explore, because as Kim mentioned, the you know, that there’s a lot of challenges with the digital preservation and so forth. And because the Library of Congress has this great story core program that is really well known. I am hoping basically, we can kind of ride that train rather than reinventing the wheel where we can work with the StoryCorps app, and so forth and just have them tagged as long month and then then they’re available to anybody anywhere, rather than being locked up in Longmont. So I haven’t gotten too far with that explored a little bit like the library. They had a initiative called strong month stories, early in the pandemic, to try and get people to do that. And I think it’s gonna take a little more pushing than then just just putting it out there. But I hope anyway.

And, and Eve, I know, I’m gonna lose track of time here, but probably two years ago, at the day, the dead celebration, kg and you set up a booth at the museum where they were collecting oral histories. So I think that they probably have a repository of some kind. I don’t know the scope of it, but that event, they were definitely trying to understand better, some Latinx stories of Longmont.

It’s cool. I just it’s just one of those things where some of that information is just fascinating. But having it spread all over the place makes it difficult to to you know see it or at mean with what you’re doing, Eric, I mean, that’s perfect if it’s going to be something that will then be available, like anywhere, but it sounds like some of its been collected but nobody’s exactly sure where it is.

Yeah, it’s an ongoing challenge. definitely work with.

Okay, cool. Um, I do not have a report. And I don’t think we have any old business. Is there any new business something that someone would like to bring up?


Would someone like to make a motion to end the meeting?

I’m moved to end the meeting.

Thank you, Chris.

I second.

Thank you, Dale. And I also saw you were ready to go to Tom. Thank you. All in favor, please Wave your hands. Anybody opposed? Great. Well, thank you all so much for coming to the meeting. 516. We are adjourned. Thank you all, and we’ll see you next month. Thanks, everyone. Have a good night. But it’s good to see you by night.