Letter: CREHST closure

March 31, 2014 

I would like to recognize the curation staff of Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology for more than 25 years of combined dedication to the history of the area. Few people understand what all goes into maintaining a museum collection. You are trying to slow down the deterioration of objects that may have been constructed to last a few years if not shorter periods of time.

It is unfortunate the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center did not figure out a way to maintain the legacy of the CREHST collection. The politically charged nature of the past nine months has been trying and frustrating, to say the least.

Throughout, they have tried to keep what was best for the artifacts in mind even in the face of mounting pressures for a quicker process and questions about their methods. That job would have been challenging enough, but in this case there was the added political nature of the closure and uncertainty of the final date of employment, making a challenging situation that much more difficult. I applaud the work they have did while knowing that they could "let go" at any time. It is sad that this resource is now gone, and we're thankful for the time we had it.

AARON LOEHNDORF, Richland

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