Our visit to The Connecticut Historical Society: I start off my recap of our NAVA 41 field trip with a scene that illustrates an impressive notion. Here is something I have never seen before. The nice lady taking notes is not from our group. She is on The Historical Society staff. Everywhere we went there were staff members making a record of the observations we were making about their collection. It was very gratifying to see an institution take its mission so seriously and to see people taking such an interest in their jobs. Despite being closed that day, they brought in their curators and perhaps 6 other staff members. They pulled perhaps 60 or 80 different items out of storage and created a special exhibit just for us using three different areas of the facility. They used the opportunity of having a concentration of flag scholars and enthusiasts in house that day to see what they could learn about their own collection. Very proactive of them. Very smart. A less dedicated insitution could have just told us they were closed that day and skipped the whole thing. I've been to plenty of historic sites and collections because I make a lifestyle out of visiting them. Believe me, some folks who run them act like they have no interest in them. Not this time. These people have an impressive attitude about their work that made viewing their collection very exciting.
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