The Sparkle Team began its winter cleaning of the exhibits at the Center. The team is made up of interns and volunteers. Every winter we make our way among the tipis, mountain lions, and paintings to prepare for the springtime return of thousands of visitors to the center.
Mostly this involves treading gingerly around mannequins and taxidermy.
We open cases if we feel that some time has passed since the last cleaning of collections and case furniture. We use clean brushes, soft cotton rags, and sometimes we may have to figure out how to reach a bird hanging from the ceiling of the Draper Natural History Museum. It is such a special opportunity to be close to the collections and even get a feel for what it must be like to live with them.