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One day at a time is the key to building momentum.

We are so delighted to report that the reopening of the Historical Society's museums has unfolded smoothly. A great deal of care was taken to create protocols and make adaptations to provide a comprehensive level of safety to our staff, volunteers, and guests. Based upon the steady flow of returning guests, our efforts have not been in vain.

Our efforts to bring about a safe and effective reopening have been aided by a couple of historical precedents, and though we can't take credit for them, we are happy to share them.

The world's oldest museum was built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago. Early museums began as private collections owned by wealthy individuals, families, or institutions of art and rare or curious natural objects and artifacts. These were often displayed in so-called wonder rooms or cabinets of curiosities.

The earliest of museums kept their artifacts undercover, under guard, and oftentimes under the radar. They were not public treasures. The DO NOT TOUCH protocol was introduced in 530 BC by Princess Ennigaldi-Nanna to safeguard her collection of Mesopotamian antiquities. This courtesy has weathered the challenge of time and is, in fact, quite useful as we pass through a chapter in our history where it is considered best to “look but don't touch.”

Despite the machinations of world governments and the constant presence of some modicum of human avarice and greed, the world keeps turning and life goes on. Life goes on because most people want to do the right thing. This pervasive human trait is readily apparent to me as I watch happy people enjoy a day at one of our museums. They are so glad to be out in the world. They are pleased to see that we have devised ways to make them feel very comfortable and safe, and still enjoy a full museum experience.

Our wonderful guests are clearly respecting, honoring, and extending every courtesy to their fellow guests as they take in the exhibits. It is a thing of beauty to observe, and it gives you hope for a happy ending to the unexpected challenge of the pandemic.

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Consistency is the key to achieving and sustaining momentum. – Darren Hardy

As we take small steps forward, we will be mindful of doing so cautiously. We will do this with an unrelenting spirit to keep the snowball rolling to establish the momentum, while keeping our storied institution vital. We will continue to painstakingly clean and sanitize and smile through our masks.

We hope you can find it in your heart to venture out to Hutchinson Island and visit our museums soon. We promise a healthy and happy escape from the rigors of a world gone somewhat mad. We promise you will be intrigued by all the new exhibits, and your mental health will be significantly improved!

Be brave and thoughtful,
Rob Steele
HSMC President & CEO

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