Ager Association Fall Meeting, Oct. 5, 2012, 7pm

At the L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger, St., Eau Claire, WI,
Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Curator, Will Speak

“Should We Save It?” will be the topic of discussion at the Ager Association’s Fall Meeting and Program with speaker Laurann Gilbertson. Ms. Gilbertson is the Chief Curator at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. She has explained that museums exist to build, study, and preserve collections of objects, and the job of the curator is to make this mission happen. Using a variety of objects, Laurann will discuss why we should save pieces of our past and what makes them “museum quality.”

She will include information about how museums make choices about objects based on appropriateness to mission, duplication, and condition. And she will talk about how we, at the Ager House, can make wise decisions about what we should collect and preserve.

She will bring Waldemar Ager’s pencil jar with her to display during her presentation. The jar was donated to Vesterheim Museum long before the Ager Association existed. Ager wrote primarily in pencil and used each pencil down to the “stub.” Numerous stubs were collected in a jar through the years, and that jar is now part of the Vesterheim collection.

Ms. Gilbertson’s talk will begin immediately following the Ager Association’s Meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the Senior Center in Eau Claire on Friday, October 5, 2012. Refreshments will follow the program. Members and guests are invited to attend the meeting, the program, and the social hour following to enjoy an evening of learning and fun.