Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – Warmer, Rendezvous Rehearsal, Conservation of Historic Artifacts

Today was much warmer. This morning it was only 16 degrees when we got up at 6:00am. By the time we finished work this afternoon it was all the way up to 25 degrees. This is feeling like a tropical heat wave considering Sunday’s nine below zero cold snap.
We had another “Rendezvous” practice this morning. Sis. Low is really helping Sis. Johnson and I learn our parts in the vignette, “George & Agatha.” This is our third private rehearsal with Sis. Lowe and we still have some parts we haven’t rehearsed yet but we are getting close to “Blocking” and walking through the final scene and closing dialog. We are really enjoying ourselves as we are “in character” on stage. I think it’s going very well.
Once again we didn’t work outdoors. We spent our entire work day in the warehouse in the upstairs “Historic Artifact Conservation” room. We finished cataloging the Browning Gun Shop box of artifacts we started yesterday afternoon.
It is a real treat to work with Elder Walker in the Conservation Room. Elder Walker worked on the archeological digs in Old Nauvoo back in 1968 as a sophomore at BYU. Then he interrupted his schooling from 1969 to 1971 to serve a mission to France and Switzerland. After his mission he was back at BYU and once again joined the archeological dig in Old Nauvoo in 1971. Elder Walker has a wealth of knowledge about Old Nauvoo and its pioneer history. 
Every once and a while Elder Walker comes across a bag of artifacts that he personally collected, cataloged and recorded back in 1971. It is really awesome to think his 1968 & 1971 fingerprints are all over the conservation room full of historic relics and artifacts. It is a real pleasure to work with Elder Walker.

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