Developing a new exhibit for a Museum is like taking a very long trip – there are many stops along the way from idea to installation. Sometimes, the process can take up to five years! We know that this can seem like an eternity for young visitors eager to explore and play.
With these regular updates….We wanted to take you behind the scenes or in this case, provide a “below the surface” look at the thoughtful and fun activities involved in the development of Saltwater Stories: The Sea & Me. The 1,900 square-foot exhibit, which is at the mid-point of its production cycle, will explore Long Island’s deep maritime ties and how they have shaped the historical, cultural, and economic development of Long Island.
Phase II Project Activities:
Working on more detailed drawings…
Meet Margo Malter, Senior Exhibit Developer & Project Director at LICM
Margo is working with a talented team of people at LICM and community advisors to create experiences in Saltwater Stories.
Working on Graphics
Collaboration and Creating Programs
Collaboration is an important part of creating an exhibition. The team of people at LICM working on this project is being helped by more than 10 advisors! These advisors know A LOT about many different topics – all related to Saltwater Stories.
Meet Saltwater Stories Advisor, Christine Ettlinger
Christine teaches 7th & 8th grade American History. Her family owns a bay house.
Meet Saltwater Stories Advisor, Brumsic Brandon
Brumsic is the former Science Chairperson for Westbury School District and an avid fisherman!
Meet Claire D’Emic, STEM Initiatives Program Director at LICM
Claire is developing programs for Saltwater Stories and collaborating with educators at the Smithsonian to test ideas.
Successful programs like the ones shown below will help Claire decide what to develop for Saltwater Stories.
Phase II Project Activities:
Research Site Visit
Date: October 15, 2021
Location: Shinnecock Reservation Cultural Center and Museum, Southampton, NY
During the visit, LICM staff spent more time talking with project advisors, exploring the collection of the Cultural Center and Museum, learning more about the relationship between the Shinnecock and the sea, and seeing the important work they’re doing to restore shorelines.
Exhibit team members Erik Schurink, Scott Larrabee, and Sarah Macey visited the Shinnecock Reservation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton, NY and met with Saltwater Stories Advisor Josephine Smith, Director, Cultural Educator and Cultural Enrichment Program Coordinator, Shinnecock Indian Education Program; Andrea Godoy, Assistant Director, Cultural Center and Museum; and Shavonne Smith of the Shinnecock Shellfish Hatchery & Environmental Center.
Meet Saltwater Stories Advisor, Josephine Smith
The connection to the water and the importance of protecting it is a value that Saltwater Stories advisor Josephine Smith (Director, Cultural Enrichment Program Coordinator, Shinnecock Indian Education Program) wants to pass on to the next generation through LICM's exhibit.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Humanities New York.