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Newsletter, June 2015
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4 Pioneer Women-June 2015 helped out at the stall on the day. We love doing this event each year but particularly given this years Commemoration of Anzacs it was a very special day and one we are proud to be a part of. So with April now behind us May loomed large. Our film night on May 9 featured A Town Like Alice played on the old 16mm projector, thanks to the Waangardi film group, this night was very popular as was the hot soup, bread rolls and warm drinks. The weather even behaved itself providing us with an ideal setting under the stars. We will be having regular film nights in the better weather so stay turned for upcoming events. Museums Australia Conference- this years 5 day conference was in Sydney and both myself and our curator, Dianna Newham, attended. The first time for both of us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We also got a lot out of the conference and very pleasingly saw that what we do here is very much up with what other museums are doing around Australia. We walked away from the conference holding our heads high for the work we do. We might be small with an even smaller budget but our work is good quality and our ideas for future projects are sound and worthwhile. Last year saw us work on a collaborative project with local senior visual arts teacher Judith Coverdale and her senior students. This resulted in an exhibition by the students called Objects as Art which showcased as a temporary exhibition for 2 months and was very well received. This year Judith came to us with the idea of another exhibition, this time in the Mens cell block. Her idea was to produce work that celebrates this years International Year of Light. Judith also involved 3 other local schools for this project. The result is now on show with the official launch of Radiant Dreams on Friday 19 th June. This exhibition will be on show until September 20 so if you get the chance to come in for a visit please be sure to spend time looking at the amazing work these students have Produced. The students are from year 6 & year 10 Schools are Ross Park primary & Gillen primary, Centralian Middle school & Centralian Senior College. Judith spent many hours here with the students & many more hours without the students during the installation of this exhibition. Some of the other teachers lent a hand as well but overall it was the hard work and many hours spent by Judith that saw this project come to life. Judith is an amazing teacher, I can only imagine how lucky her students are to have the level of dedication Judith has for Art and teaching. June also sees the completion of our latest update to the Ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives permanent exhibition Dianna has been working on. Dianna has included 17 new profile panels, 2 new categories, 3 sound profiles and some long overdue changes to 3 of the intro panels on display. We would love to include all of the amazing women we have on file but sadly money doesnt permit. This upgrade has been the biggest upgrade to date for this exhibition and has at times been difficult for Dianna to source/research information on the women who have now been included. Overall we are very happy with this upgrade and I think its a fair comment to say Dianna is now very much looking forward to moving onto the next project. July will see the start of our next project, a revamp to an old exhibition called Womens Work, revamp is not actually the right word for this project as it will undergo a huge change and also be moved to a new permanent location on the complex. The new Working Women exhibition will be housed in the building we use for temporary exhibitions. As we only use 2 rooms in this building for temporary exhibits we have another 3 rooms available to us. It has been Diannas intention since we cleared this building to use these 3 rooms for this exhibition. Well I think that brings you up to date with whats been happening at the National Pioneer Womens Hall of Fame since the last newsletter back in Dec 2014. Overall we have had a very busy year so far and now with tourist season in full swing we are likely to remain busy for several more months to come. We are definitely moving forward as a museum and we are both very proud and excited by what we have achieved this year. Behind the scenes and several thousand kilometers away in Melbourne, two of our very dedicated members took it upon themselves to run a raffle to raise funds for us. Margot Boyle & Caroline Hanrahan are volunteers at Mary MacKillop Aged Care home in Melb & organized with us for a couple of our exhibition books to be sent to them so they could be used as first prize. $114 was raised in total. Ladies we thank you sincerely for your efforts & support, both of which are very much appreciated. See a photo of raffle results below. We also wish to acknowledge & sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Alice Springs for your donation of $1,000, this money will go toward our fundraising to encase our Signature Quilt.
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