Hello loyal (note: “Loyal” not “Loyalist”) Blog Readers!
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wait, didn’t Chris just tell us about the windows of the houses? It’s not his turn for the blog again!” If that thought crossed your mind, you would be correct. While Thanksgiving was a few weeks ago, I wanted to take this opportunity to say a special few thank you’s as this will be my last week at Lexington Historical Society before I move onto a new career opportunity at the USS Constitution Museum.
It’s been a wonderful 6 (almost 7) years at Lexington Historical Society, and it is hard to imagine that when I first started back in March 2015 I was a fresh faced museum professional just starting out on my career path. Fast forward to now and I’m still a fresh faced (at least I like to think I am, haha) mid-career museum professional with two children who have been lucky enough to grow up in the wonderful family that Lexington Historical Society is.
It’s been a truly enjoyable time working for the Society and there are so many memories that are truly special that will stick out in my mind. The first being my first Patriots’ Day when I forgot to turn off the smoke alarms in the attic of Buckman Tavern and they went off in the middle of the re-enactment (note: remember to leave a note about that for the new person). Another memory will be donning a bee suit and fulfilling one of those “duties as assigned” tasks of eliminating a nest of yellow jackets from the attic of Munroe Tavern.
However, one thing that will always stick in my memory will be the smiling faces and laughter of our summer campers as we worked through colonial crafts and the pride they felt upon completion of the craft, as well as the sense of wonder and amazement they would have while listening to our British reenactor friends explain what life was like for a British Regular (“you mean they walked from Boston?!?”).
Finally, as I mentioned in the beginning, I want to take a few moments to say a few special thank you’s:
Well as I wrap this up and begin to dry off my keyboard, I’ll leave you all with a quote from A.A. Milne (author of Winnie the Pooh) that pretty much sums up how I’m feeling at the current moment:
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
-Chris Kauffman, Education and Interpretation Manager
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