LSSM is chasing this, was Re: General Data? Computer Equipment Auction - GSA

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Thu Mar 17 15:22:27 CDT 2022

On 3/17/22 14:19, Ethan O'Toole via cctalk wrote:
>>  In LSSM's case, it's a wholly-occupied 14,000 square foot commercial 
>> storefront building that nobody lives in, in a downtown shopping 
>> district, as distinguished from the typical private collection in a 
>> garage, basement, etc.
> Right, I know you have a real building and are open to the public and 
> operate what I would consider a real museum. But where does one define a 
> museum when it comes to randos, the small shops, the people just 
> collecting donations for the price break, etc.

   The definition of "museum" is something that is bandied about quite a 
bit in museum circles, believe it or not.  There is no 
universally-accepted definition.  But when standing in someone's garage, 
basement, storage locker, etc, one can usually make a call that nobody 
would argue with.

> Someone I know has a museum, collects stuff, no business entity for it, 
> and it doesn't usually see the light of day. He says he plans to open a 
> museum someday, but he has no real business plan AFAIK. He does have 
> some stuff on display at another museum though.

   I would posit that he does not have a museum; he has a collection and 
a wish.  When and if that wish pans out, and I hope it does, then he 
will have a museum.  But not before.

   It CAN happen.  For decades I had a collection and a wish.  Now 
there's a museum that showcases part of that collection, and parts of 
others' collections, and things of its own.  It's not easy to do, but it 
is possible.  Encourage your friend!


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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