Now that the springtime fun is behind us, MARCH's summer mission is to
build more museum exhibits in time for VCF East.
Here is my revised plan (remember the "titles" below are only for
list-explaining purposes, so don't get too caught up in them!)
Room 1 (the big room).
>> Far end (where we currently have the micros) = pre-industrial
computing (abacus, slide rule, Babbage, etc.)
>> Middle = 1940s/1950s -- medium-sized exhibit of ENIAC, Univac,
>> Other end (minicomputers -- where they currently are -- meaning we
don't have to move our heaviest stuff.)
Room 2 (small room).
>> Homebrew-era computing.
Room 3 (small room).
>> Appliance computing (1977 - 1984)
Room 4 (small room).
>> Open for rotating exhibits (random artifact of the month; members'
cool things; minor exhibits of other topics such as portables / storage
/ OS / games / Grabbe / etc.)
All of these exhibits will have some elbow room (not all stuff together
like things are now) and all will have thorough signage. We'll also try
to flesh out the exhibits with fuller systems, i.e. relevant manuals,
peripherals, etc., not just raw computers like we have currently.
I think this is a good plan that satisfies everyone -- it's not too
micro-centric, not too bare of signs and accessories, not too crowded
space-wise (and maybe more like the shipwreck museum where things are
really spread out and the rooms generally feels more museum-like),
covers most of history, leaves room for members' individual interests,
makes the best use of MARCH's existing collection, etc.
If anyone has any MAJOR objections, then raise them now (next day or
two) .... otherwise the above outline represents our overall goal for
the summer exhibit-building season.