Basements are mysterious places, filled with all sorts of relics with which people couldn’t bear to part. And the JMM’s is no exception. I’m not talking about the contents of our 4 collections rooms. Yesterday Archivist Jennifer Vess and I ventured into the one corner of the basement that no collections staff has unearthed since 1997. We removed a fortress of exhibition cases and publications to make passage to a double set of steel shelves possible.
We found a variety of interesting items:
- Tablecloth for a card table, featuring of course, cards.
- Wall Sconces from the Hendler Theater.
- A bag of earth from Israel collected by former Jewish Historical Society of Maryland curator Dr. Aberbach to be used in “the final resting place.”
- Two bisque chickens (stored in a milk crate). According to the receipt, five were purchased by the JHSM in 1996 for $12 apiece.
- Buckets and boxes of urban archaeology findings from the 1996 expansion of our building.
- The accessioned items that I was looking for: two wheels of “wax artificial cheese.”