The History Museum’s collections’ space (where artifacts are stored) moved from Center in the Square to the Jefferson Center last week and the entire experience has taught me a lot about the stresses of inventory management. When I would help pack certain items for the move, the amount of items in the museum’s possession that are not accessioned or labeled made the job of marking their packages very tricky. The movers responsible for this endeavor also severely underestimated the amount of time and effort it would take to move everything from the museum’s collections’ space in Center in the Square, potentially adding more financial stress to the move and definitely adding more schedule conflicts. Observing the museum at such a tumultuous and obviously stressful time is an interesting experience because it showed me that no matter how much planning one may try to put in place, outstanding obstacles and challenges will almost always present themselves. As one can see from the photograph above, moving the artifacts was also only one part of a multi-month long process of moving and organizing the museum’s collections. Managing all of what the museum owns seems like an unapproachable task, but noting the way processes are deconstructed and handled develop a greater sense of how to approach such monumental chores.