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Historical Society & Museum
11/6/2008 8:55:42 PM
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My first day as a volunteer at the Historical Society and Museum
So, as of today, I am a financial member of the L__________h Historical Society, and a volunteer at the Museum. I did my first 3 hour Volunteer stint today at the museum. It was just data entry, something I did for a job for five years or more, so nothing strenuous or scary. I was entering data from a ledger of shares from the township of Maleny.
The people are all very friendly, and funny. I think I might be the 'junior' though as all of them are over 50 at least, if not quite a bit older.
Driving to the museum and back on my own was not as difficult as I had feared it might be and my three hours seemed to fly by. I was not allowed to start until I had had a cup of tea with everyone. The room I was working in is called the reading room. There are shelves upon shelves of government gazettes stored in there, all wrapped in calico and marked with the years and which shire they cover. It gets quite hot in the museum, as it is not air conditioned but the reading room has ceiling fans and my computer was next to a window, which they very kindly opened for me so I had a little bit of a cross current of air. I had taken a bottle of filtered water with me, and sipped from it often.
I enjoyed it, and felt energized and as though I was doing something useful. I managed to enter 6 pages of the ledger onto the spreadsheet in three hours, so about two pages per hour. Not sure if that will be considered fast, or not, but it was fun. I was concentrating on accuracy rather than speed, though. All of the records in the ledger were hand written. There were a couple of times when I sat there staring and puzzling at the name written in the records and ended up having to enter my best guess, because the handwritten word looked something like Cr...k..y. I could only do my best to try and decipher it, as there were no other, similar entries I could compare it with.
Before I left, I paid my first year's membership and got signed up as a member of the Historical Society.
It was an enjoyable day, and I will go back again next Friday.
I'm such a history geek!
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