Letters to the Editor

Kudos to outgoing museum staff

A letter to the editor in the Sequim Gazette of April 9 commented on what had not been discussed in an earlier article, “Museum Meltdown,” on April 2, namely that the staff and volunteers of the Museum & Arts Center needed to be thanked for years of excellent work.

I am a MAC member and until earlier this month a volunteer at the research library at the DeWitt Center. Before moving to Sequim, I spent 35 years as a curator in museums and rare book libraries and archives, the last 21 of them at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

In my experience, the operation at the DeWitt Center, where Sequim’s countless historical artifacts are stored, and at the Cedar Street museum was first class all the way: storage conditions, collection care, procedures, access, conservation, preservation, patron response, publications, exhibitions. Any public implications to the contrary are at best misinformed and at worst malicious.

The outgoing director, staff and the volunteers who supported research, photography, collections, education and other MAC achievements are to be commended for fostering excitement about and preserving the heritage of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.

Patricia C. Willis



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