Our Open House at the Essex Studios site on January 7th celebrated a great 7-year run there and the very next day began the monumental task of moving all the signs and artifacts – mostly by way of a pickup truck and 16-foot trailer – to their new home.
Then there was the buildout of the exhibits and storefronts, installing the signs, and all the other details of creating a museum from scratch.
In March, signpainters from across the U.S. and Canada came to ‘punctuate’ the storefronts on Main Street. [see Main Street Project post]
Day by day it was coming together, but would we be ready for the June 23 Grand Opening? The June 2 Sneak Preview and the supporters only private party the night before brought many friends (including Debra Jane Seltzer of roadsidearchitecture.com and Jamie Jenkins of roadtripusa.com shown below) and a surprising amount of media attention. [See Sneak Preview post]
The United Maier crew came thru, installing a new ‘Welcome’ atop the genie and signs in the ‘sign garden’ out front – including a new logo sign designed by Greg Essert of United Maier, made by Miratec Systems, Inc. in St Paul, Minnesota, and donated by Miratec’s President, Bert Guinee.
Then on the morning of June 23, as we arrived for the Big Day, we were excited to see folks gathering out front for the ceremonial ribbon cutting prior to opening for our first official day at our new home.
Both events were a bit of a blur for those of us putting them on, but it was all good and a great kick off to the next chapter of the American Sign Museum. We’ve only just begun!
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