Newsletter - April 7, 2020
A new look, new name and new website for the organization unveiled quietly but certainly as we all cope with COVID-19. Staff at Cape May MAC are working behind the scenes, from home, as we rework our schedule of 2020 tours, activities and events in anticipation of the end of our shared isolation and reopening to visitors.
Cape May MAC reworks tours and events schedule for 2020
On March 27, a new brand and name, Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) was unveiled for the organization and a new website was launched on April 1. Our new look and name have been welcome and uplifting news during this time of anxiety and concern due to the COVID-19 crisis, and we couldn't be more gratified at the positive response, even as we continue to work and plan during uncertain times. Also during this time, we have shared two new virtual tours: A Virtual Tour of the Physick Estate , and A Virtual Climb of the Cape May Lighthouse . If you haven't had a chance to experience these, please do!

You are in our thoughts as we reschedule and rethink our tours, activities and events in 2020. It is because of you that our staff is working hard in creative ways. We will bring you updates as we confirm our schedule changes.

With that in mind, since our Cape May MAC schedule is in flux right now, we thought we would share with you a new sort of newsletter - a weekly update that brings Cape May MAC right where YOU live! We will share some behind-the-scenes snapshots and stories that will give you something to share with family and friends at home and keep Cape May MAC in your hearts! Take a moment to explore our new website now, and begin to dream again about your next visit to Cape May, which we hope will happen as soon as we can safely open our doors.

MUSEUM INSIGHTS
The 1879 Emlen Physick Estate
Lincrusta: A Wallcovering Victorians Adored
CAPE MAY - Lincrusta, a dramatic, decorative wallcovering with elaborate and beautiful embossed designs, is featured throughout the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May, N.J.’s Victorian House Museum. Read our latest blog post on this versatile material that was invented in England and spread across the Atlantic, where it became very popular in the United States during the late Victorian era. ..
SPOTLIGHT ON STAFF
Cathy Baldacchini:
Cape May MAC IT Manager Keeps Staff Connected
Cathy Baldacchini of Lower Township is Cape May MAC's Information Technology Manager. She manages and maintains the organization's computer hardware and software and problem-solves all variety of technological issues for an organization of 25 full-time and 125 part-time employees.

With the COVID-19 crisis temporarily closing our doors, and staff working from home, Cathy has been as busy as usual, helping this time to keep staff connected virtually.


"As soon as we understood that the new norm included the need to work from home I had to look at requirements to move from in-person meeting to video conferencing," she said. "We were able to establish both a Zoom pro account for larger meeting needs as well as basic personal accounts for smaller one-on-one meeting to help everyone keep connected and keep business moving forward."

"The ace in the hole for us was that more than four years ago MAC moved over to Microsoft giving staff the option to access email from home and on mobile devices with no need for additional equipment or software."

Cape May MAC staff have been working from home for several weeks now with meetings being held virtually. Shown here, some of the staff planning this very email newsletter, from top, Susan Krysiak, Director of Media Relations, Eliza Lotozo, Chief Outreach Officer, Janice Corkery, Director of Visitor Services & Special Events, Melissa Payne, Chief Operating Officer, and Jody Alessandrine, Director and CEO, practicing safe social distancing from the back of the office. Also in the meeting: Leslie Wiedel, Publications & Website Manager, and Mary Stewart, Chief Outreach Strategist.

This is just one of many meetings being held virtually as we continue to think ahead to summer and beyond.


HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW
We need you now more than ever. Every donation, membership, ticket purchase for future use, helps sustain us during this crisis. Purchasing a membership, for example, helps us now while helping you later by granting you free admission to many of our tours and events. Please consider supporting Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) today by clicking on the buttons below.
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Interested in volunteering for Cape May MAC? There are great opportunities and benefits. Find out more! Contact  Ayeshah Dickerson , Manager of Volunteer Engagement.
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