‘Afternoon Tea’ will offer viewing of Gallery improvements

  The Prairie County Museum and Evelyn Cameron Gallery have announced plans to hold another Afternoon Tea at the Gallery this fall. Last year’s event was so well received that another tea will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cameron Gallery.

“We have lots to celebrate this year with completion of the work entailed with the 2010 TIIP Grant,” reports museum board member Vadnae Greenfield. The Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program grant was awarded to the Prairie County Museum and Evelyn Cameron Gallery in 2010 to enhance the visitor experience at the Gallery. The exterior of the gallery building was repaired by mason, Brian Wilmes of Wilmes Masonary of Miles City. That work involved repairing brickwork at the rear of the building where crumbling bricks were leading to water damage within the building. The second part of the grant pertained to replacing the lighting and updating the electrical capacity of the building. Glader Electric also of Miles City contracted the electrical work.
While the photographs were removed from the gallery for the electrical work, the interior of the gallery received a makeover from several of the museum board members. 
“We are excited to show off the Cameron Gallery’s new look,” said Greenfield. 
Some of the features of the updated look of the gallery include new paint colors and rearrangement of the photographs. When the Cameron Gallery opened twenty years ago, a smaller collection of photographs was displayed in the gallery. 
Thanks to the generosity of donors over the last two decades, the number of enlargements of the photographs has more than doubled and more displays of original photos and Cameron memorabilia have been obtained.  As the collection grew, pictures were hung where space was available, but now the photos have been arranged trying to follow the chronological order of when they were taken by Cameron.  In addition space has been set aside in the rear of the gallery where the transcribed copies of the Cameron Diaries can be read. A computer has been set up as well so that the diaries can be searched electronically.  
A large screen TV and VCR also occupy the rear of the gallery so visitors can view digital copies of the Cameron photos and the PBS documentary about Evelyn Cameron’s life.
All are welcome to attend the Afternoon Tea. The museum will also be open that afternoon for tours.  There is no cost to attend and refreshments typical of an English Afternoon Tea will be served.

Published October 31, 2012

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