MAREC Progress Report - Phase VIII
Rehab work continues in IFWEF's two upstairs rooms; the walls have been painted and the floors refinished, with final touches underway. Downstairs, the GCAS library's built-in bookshelves are in place and awaiting their final finish coats. (See volunteer Steve Collie at work in the first two photos over there on the left.)
Meanwhile, our GCAS volunteers spent an exciting morning assembling the furniture for the MAREC lab in the adjacent room. Our lab's two-station work bench sports a tabletop ledge shelf and an electrical power strip for small power tools. Two rolling trolleys stowed underneath this work station offer additional storage opportunities for all participants. A freestanding locking cabinet will keep researchers' work product secure. Our refinished hutch provides an extra work surface as well as space for educational materials.
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Our 4-tier shelving unit will soon store the GCAS's collections of potsherds and related artifacts, but when our members, Marilyn Markel (middle shelf) and Kathryn McCarroll (lower shelf), examined the unit's sturdiness they discovered it could also serve as jailhouse bunks. All that's missing is someone in an orange jumpsuit playing the blues on a harmonica.
Very soon, our GCAS volunteers will have the lab fully equipped and ready to welcome field schools and local educational programs alike. After the finish on the library's bookcases has had time to properly cure, we will install the last of our library furnishings and relocate all our GCAS materials and archives into their new home. The GCAS's portion of the Wood House rehab is coming to an end and our long-term MAREC educational project is soon to launch. Thanks to our volunteers and all our supporters, this comes just in time for us to celebrate the holiday season in grand style. We are so grateful to every one of our contributors for making this happen.
/s/ webmaster [all photos via W. Hudson and M. Smith]
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