As my commute to work becomes more of an adventure each day... and the views along the way more muted, spare, simple - I have to fight being lulled into a winter sleep. The Alice "sleeps" during the cold months as well. On the first day of the new year we close our doors to the public - except for a few evening events - through the end of March.
In the main museum rooms I lower the steam heaters and keep the lights turned down. It has always been a quiet place in winter, and these days just a few of us wander the collection. We will keep up with our work: cataloging, researching the collection, planning events, organizing archives. But the only times we will see our public are when we invite them in for events or gatherings, there are no tours for the next few months.
The collection breathes a sigh and settles down to a dark, cool quietness. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website www.minermuseum.org, and this blog for news of upcoming events! If you would like to receive email announcements of our events and exhibits please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!