Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In Irene’s Wake….

While there was relatively good news about Irene (it wasn’t as devastating as had been feared), it has caused or exacerbated some major problems. There was still a lot of damage from the hurricane. There are power problems with the site; having only partial electricity service has been affecting several facilities (see Historic Jamestown’s Face book site at http://www.facebook.com/historicjamestowne).

Since the power was down for several days, several objects in the collection (especially metals) may have some negative exposure. The 1906 seawall was also damaged in several places and the Church Tower likely suffered damage. This confirms that Jamestown Rediscovery needs a full size generator (about $100K or a little more) for a secure and reliable power supply at the site; especially for the museum (Archaearium) and lab.

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