Paul Orselli was pleased to develop and design the newly opened D&H Canal Museum in High Falls, NY, in collaboration with Christina Ferwerda. Located in a historic 1797 stone building that served as the Canal Company offices from 1850 to 1898, the new museum shares the history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal.
Visitors can experiment with interactive lock models, view multimedia "Windows to the Past," and sit down in a period tavern recreation to learn more about the stories of the diverse groups of people who constructed and operated the Canal in the 1800s.
42 Design/Fab Studio and Trivium Interactive were valued creative partners for this project. You can find out more by visiting the D&H Canal Museum's website: www.canalmuseum.org.
Cultural Rights, Cultural Democracy
Jim Volkert was invited to speak at the conference, Cultural Rights, Cultural Democracy in Caernarfon, Wales in June. The 80 participants came from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany. The purpose of the 2022 Cultural Rights, Cultural Democracy (CRCD) program brought together museum workers and other cultural practitioners from Celtic and minority nations, who are committed to social justice, to share and develop democratic models of cultural practice and was hosted by the National Museum of Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru.
Association of Midwest Museums Annual Conference
Mac West led the opening session of this year’s Association of Midwest Museums in Milwaukee. This opening virtual session (the following meeting days are in-person in Wisconsin) examined the changing world of museums today with the institutions administered by the participants as prime examples. The group was Whitney Owens of the Cincinnati Museum Center, Christian Greer of the Michigan Science Museum, and Mel Drumm of the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. Each discussed how their institutions and communities have significantly changed over the past decade or so and how the museums are dealing with the various social, economic, political, technological and population variations of their communities. They shared how their organizations understood, accommodated and took advantage of the many changes.