Twice this summer I've been disappointed to hear that small museums had closed. For me, the sad part is, I had delayed visiting them and now they are gone.
Five years ago I researched a book on the World War II homefront. I have maintained an interest in the era. Last fall, a friend told me about a recently opened museum on Franklin D. Roosevelt. The museum, in Worcester, was only an hour's ride. I had planned visiting in the spring, but of course, things came up. Well, the museum had to close suddenly (the City of Worcester forced them out to accommodate a tenant who was willing to pay more in rent). So, by July, the museum was gone! Fortunately, it will reopen, but even further away in Chicopee, MA!
Then, there's the Museum of Childhood in Wakefield, NH. Years ago I had heard about this collection of toys in a museum run by two former teachers. I should have gone to see it. The ironic thing is, I saw the toy collection in Rochester, NY's Strong National Museum of Play, which is about an 8 hour drive from here! In Sunday's Union Leader there was an article about the collection being auctioned off. Another missed opportunity.
I guess the lesson here is, don't put off doing things!
Of course, I can always read a book about F.D.R. such as No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin [973.917 GOO], or browse through the pages of Toys and Prices, 2007 [688.72 TOY], but somehow it's not the same.