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il~eSsive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Fet) 2!, 2001 1B Inside Section B Arts & Entertainment Opinion & Perspective Letters to the Editor Vitals M ,aff EUiott was instrumental in leading teams of volunteers in tent saloon is digs that spanned two sum- :ially closed at the mers, in an effort to rediscover Museum. Pro- a once thriving community nothing to do that had long been buried be- coming down; it neath tons of earthen debris. for a change. On the other side of that, Ls those changes are Lawson said they will display three exhibits some of the collection they and some reorga, have amassed from Butte Val- expanded) become ley, adding another area of Plumas County to the muse- room. um's countywide theme. Separating the two, visitors will have an opportunity to Case of Maidu bas. participate in their own explo- assorted artifacts, ration. County Museum's In an archaeological fashion, grown over the Lawson said they will be de- it has been ex- signing a series of steps with a corner exhibit drawers or compartments that twice its orig- will reveal pieces of the past. Beginning at the top, the arti- being able to dis. facts will be from more mod. collection of ern times, and progressively :etry collected become older as the steps go of the 20th down--just like finding trea. changes are tak- sures in a real dig. m Well. Although Lawson hasn't had the museum has an opportunity to begin this collection of bas. phase of the exhibit s POssession since changeover, he anticipates all said it was just Early history will be ready for the official Displays of Elizabethtown opening of the season in May. of Sacramento and Butte Valley artifacts and in basketry information will be presented 1 )0s and collected along the south wall of the mu- In redesigning displays tribes made for seum. around the museum, Lawson st trade. When hisSheet rock will temporarily said they are given the oppor. collection, conceal windows along that tunity to share treasures that loaned it to the side of the building, where are new or not commonly dis- Museum, panoramic photos of life in his- played. It's also an opportunity remained, toric Plumas County will be for the staff to re-examine the of the new exhibit, displayed. As a practical note, inventory and come up with Placed the maJori-Lawson said the closures will better ways to display them. in new oak also cut down on the amount of This year, Lawson is donat. , UPright cases for heat that pours in through the ing a display case to the li- and display purpos- windows during the summer, braries in both Portola and which is also the busiest time Greenville. The cases will con. the Maidu section of the year at the museum, tain some of the items the mu- is developing On one side of the exhibit, seum wants to share with oth. students Lawson is being Joined by er parts of the county. to the muse Plumas National Forest Arche- "This is the Plumas County ologist Dan Elliott in display- Museum," Lawson said. "It's a double purpose, a ing pieces of the Elizabethtown not the Quincy Museum." Viewing box has buildings uncovered during and fits into the past two summers. one of the smaller windows. Behind each door will be arranged an item, with a de- scription of it and its purpose revealed on the inside of the door, Lawson explained. The viewing box also serves as a block to keep additional light from hitting the baskets that are displayed nearby, Lawson said. Realizing the collection's po- tential value, Lawson said it's important to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. Natural history In the southwest corner of the museum, Lawson has been busy planning a natural histo- ry display. Lawson said he hopes to en- list the help of local artist Robert Lawry in painting a sky for the setting he envi- sions. Other features will include natural backdrops for the mu- seum's growing display of mounted animals and birds residents have donated over the years. A large hawk, its wings spread wide, now history area. He will be among the animals hangs from cross beam In the new natural and birds that will be included in the display. Mortars and pestles were used by local Indians to grind foods into flour. These are part of the Maidu display at the Plumes County Museum in Quincy. Photos by Victoria Metcalf Visitors to the Plunms County Museum have the opportunity be . The small brown bear has delighted eohool oididren and will soon have a special home In the natural history display. to oome face-to4nce with a other visitors for years, but % Museum OIraotor kott I.evoon altowo one of the indian bluke on mm Melml M dlql in tim mki di jf vigel donated to the mumm. A fox will be placed within a natural habitat In the new natural history display at the mu- Num. The fox is one of the mounted animals that has been donated to the museum. Al- though the staff has wranged the animals In creative ways around the museum over the years, the new area will create a special backdrop for them to enhance the display.