The Park Museum will celebrate its official opening in March rather than as previously stated in January, it was announced on Sunday.
In a short communiqué posted on its web site, the museum’s Board of Governors confirmed the official opening date of 1 March 2015.
No mention was made of any previous opening day announcements, nor was any reason given for the change. There is, however, a record of a series of meetings that were held in late October between the museum’s Board of Governors and a number of organizations representing The Park’s hibernating communities. Many believe those meetings resulted in the later opening date.
“Yes, we did meet with them and they were very sympathetic to our situation, though they weren’t able to give us an answer immediately,” says Tarquinius P. Shrew, president of the Small Animal Scientific Community (SASC), many of whose members are hibernators.
“Our members have contributed greatly to scientific knowledge in The Park and they [the board of Governors] did seem to understand that opening the museum without our representation seemed unfair.”
Shrew says the meetings were also attended by representatives of the Small Animal Hibernating Community (SAHC) and the Confederation of Ground Squirrels (CGS).
In an interview this morning, Eduarda Teresinha Coelho, 2015 Keeper of the Nut, said she is “so pleased” that the museum re-thought its opening date.
“I think they were so focussed on not having another delay that they didn’t realize what they’d done initially,” she said.
“But they’ve demonstrated their commitment to inclusiveness and that will be much appreciated by the hibernators. It will make the museum truly ‘Our Museum,’ as the slogan says.”
Read the Park Museum’s announcement.