As per last month's vote, we hired First Priority Alarm Systems to install the new security cameras. The job was finished on Wednesday, October 7. The total bill was $1485, and we will be reimbursed for $1360 from the grant we received from the Oklahoma Historical Society to purchase the cameras. The additional $125 will have to come from our operating funds. The project took longer than initially expected due to the existing wire not being reusable, and should have cost much more than the estimated price. First Priority was very understanding of the fact that our money was coming from a grant and therefore limited, and they agreed to stick to the estimate price despite the added labor and supply costs. In return for this generosity, I have offered to leave positive reviews for them on Google and Facebook, and to thank them publicly on our Facebook page.
Here is the invoice for the job. You can see that we were billed only the basic installation fee, and the cost of adding a power supply that would be sufficient for all of the cameras, as the museum office only has 3 outlets. There is no charge for the additional time (the project took 5 days instead of 2) or for the HDMI cord, wireless mouse, and many, many feet of coax cable that they provided.
As many of you expressed concerns about the Christmas events, Sue and I have come up with an alternative plan that we feel will be safer for guests and staff, and is a good compromise between those who would like to have the open house and those who would not. The plan can be viewed here.
The 2020-2021 cycle of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is open for applications. Amy has been working on a proposal to request supplies for maintaining, organizing, and protecting the collection. Supplies to be requested include: collection management software to replace the current Excel spreadsheet for organizing all information on the archive collection, a fireproof cabinet to store archive photos and documents in, clear UV-filtering film to be applied to the windows in the house, humidity monitors and dehumidifiers, a light meter, and archive quality storage and handling materials (boxes, folders, tissue paper, gloves, etc.). These items will help extend the lives of the artifacts in our collection, and the management software will help us to better organize it and make it more accessible and searchable for research and exhibit design purposes. Also, several of the items requested are things that are required or highly recommended for the traveling exhibit that we will have at the house in April & May 2021. Amy will email out the full project description, budget, and timeline from the proposal in order to save space here. Before the grant proposal can be submitted, the board must vote to approve the submission.
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