Today I was at the
museum from noon until 7pm. Joe was there to help from noon to about 4,
and Jeff Jonas was there from about 2 until 7.
We spent the whole
day working in our largest exhibit room. Some of the NJARC members showed
us techniques for un-sticking the windows. Once we did that, we were able
to scrape off multiple layers of gunk and old paint which were preventing the
windows from opening properly. There are six windows in that room and all
were working properly by the end of the day (although Joe and I both managed to
crack some of the glass).
While taking a break
from scraping old paint off the windows, Jeff and I decided to start setting up
some tables for exhibits. We currently have enough tables to line the
entire back wall of that room (about 28 feet). Two of the tables are
laminated wood and two are plastic, but they're all the same height and width,
so with nice tablecloths over them, it will appear to be a single long
We three also installed an air conditioner (thanks to Dan R.!)
and we took delivery of two nice display cases that the club bought from
Finally, we pondered how to finish the windows. Even
after several hours of cleaning and scraping, we concluded there's just too much
detail work for MARCH to handle. But at least the windows WORK now.
So, we decided the best approach is to copy what NJARCH and NJHDA did -- cover
the windows completely.
The best way to cover them is undecided. We have access
to a large amount of FREE and decent-condition sheetrock at InfoAge. I'm
inclined to use that to cover the windows, put some moulding on the sides, and
call it a display area. Fill the space with posters, signs, vintage
computer advertisements, code printouts on greenbar paper, computer company
t-shirts, etc. .... that same approach works great for NJHDA. Best of all,
in addition to being free, it is EASY ... which are big
Jeff had another idea that we can consider -- cover the window
areas with blueprints of electronic schematics. They can be very large and
would still let light through.
Nothing is decided, so suggestions are