|Enjoying the students' cat-themed art at Catstravaganza. Come see the dog art at Dogapalooza.|
|Dog history exhibit on display at the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA|
In November, our new exhibit, "To Do No Harm: Medicine in Chemung County," will open. The exhibit itself will be great because we have many fascinating, sometimes gruesome, medical artifacts that we'll be able to show-off. However, what I'm personally most excited about is our interactive component. At the start of the exhibit, you will be able to choose 1 of 9 stories that will guide you through the exhibit. These are all accounts of a fictional historical resident of Chemung County who faces a medical problem. Like those great choose-your-own adventure books, your story will guide you through the exhibit as you decide which doctor you will see, what medicines to take, and more. We're making a push to do more programming and exhibit work that will give visitors an immersive historical experience.
|Uh oh, it's the 1800s and you broke a bone! What do you do? Follow our interactive stories in our medical exhibit to find out!|
Mark The Mammoth
You may have seen our adorable new Museum Ambassador, Mark the Mammoth, on our social media accounts or in person at the museum. Mark represents our first foray into Twitter (you can follow him @MarkTheMammoth) and also a fun, informal way to connect with the public. We put Mark in costumes (we just had staff contest to design a Halloween costume for Mark- congratulations to the winner, Erin) and have him make friends in the community. Through Twitter, we have been able to join an international community of museums. Mark routinely talks to other museums and museum mascots (there are surprisingly a lot of them on Twitter) about Chemung County. Many of these people will never visit the museum, but Mark's Twitter account is a way to share our collections with these folks, anyway. Mark has chatted about rain boots with a teddy bear mascot for an Estonian toy museum and about exhibit design with a giant extinct Irish deer from a UK museum. We also participate in the weekly #MewseumMonday, where museums share images of their feline-themed collections. While these encounters may seem small, they are not only telling people about what we're doing, but they are also providing us with an endless source of ideas for programs and exhibits. Rule #1 for museum creativity: when you see something good that someone else is doing, steal it for yourself!
|Mark pretends to be in Hawaii. This costume comes courtesy of Mark's summer fashion designer, 9 year-old Ada.|