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  • Festival Production: Tech Crew Gearing Up

    Safety check before using the circular saw with carpenter Josh Herndon (left) and exhibit worker Tim Bergstrom (right).

    Safety check before using the circular saw with carpenter Josh Herndon (left) and exhibit worker Tim Bergstrom (right).

    Most of the employees of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage report to an office building near the National Mall every morning, but there also exists a contingent of hardworking Festival staff who call our warehouse in Lanham, Maryland, their workspace.

    Things are cooking in Prince George’s County as the tech crew starts stretching canvas, painting, sawing wood, and making dance floors on which we will all soon be boogying, Hungarian style. Keep your eye out for our carpenters and exhibit workers as they make the move to the Mall next week!

    Shop foreman Tyler Nelson sent us these photos of the crew at work.

    Festival production behind the scenes
    Alaric Strickland, exhibit worker, expertly maneuvers a forklift at the Lanham warehouse.
    Photo by Tyler Nelson
    Festival production behind the scenes
    Carpenter Josh Herndon works on the "Will to Adorn" program’s backstage vanity mirrors.
    Photo by Tyler Nelson
    Festival production behind the scenes
    Exhibit workers Will Saunders and Tim Bergstrom stretch canvas onto a sonotube structure for the Will to Adorn program.
    Photo by Tyler Nelson
    Festival production behind the scenes
    All is safe with exhibit workers Tim Bergstrom and Will Saunders.
    Photo by Tyler Nelson

    Meghan Hiscock is assistant to the Festival technical director. This is her third year on the Mall. She previously worked as the 2012 Festival supply coordinator (2012); and she was the 2011 Katzenberger Art History Intern for the Peace Corps Festival program.


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