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He died in that train wreck on January first nineteen forty eight. We'll Maryland Bela's a local historian the author of the book the Dooley's Richmond who is very well versed in all of this and has a deep appreciation for the items on display. I appreciate you. Joining us to set the stage for this. And I regret that I didn't say at the beginning. We were going to have Jamie basket on just a second to respond to what you have said. And but MS Bela's, thank you so much for for being on the air with us and explaining it. I apologize for that buzz over the the radio there that made it a little difficult to hear you. But I think everybody probably understood what you were saying, I she weary much Jamie Boskin who is the relatively new president of the Virginia museum of history and culture, formerly the Virginia historical society joins us now. And you you heard what MS Bela said Jamie, I wanted to give you an opportunity to explain what's happening here. And and kind of counter if you can what what the concerns are about some of the folks who've been supporters of you offer a long time. Good morning, John. Thank you for having me happy to do. So appreciate the opportunity. This is an important project that we've been working on very thoughtfully for more than two years to MRs Bela point, not long after my arrival. It was clear that Virginia house was remarkable asset that historical society should make much better use of and so we thought thoroughly in about how would we make use of this property, and we are focused now on far more public engagement opportunities community engagement member stewardship using the houses, I think the wells wanted us to use it misses Bayless mentioned the use of the collections, and I think there are couple of clarifications it would be important one. The house itself was left to us entrust by the wells. That is true. And we're so appreciative of that. And now what some seventy or eighty years later, two houses is still looking great. And I think inspired the same way that. They had intended to be the property within it. However was very different that that was left in their will to us in a long list of personal property along with garden tools. You pencils and table linens in that article of their will they specified that these items were to be used as we see fit and for the benefit of Virginia house and so for us. We're undertaking. What is a very standard practice for every museum anywhere. That's collecting 'institution that from time to time you have to take an inventory of what you have. And then think about what can you use the best deprioritize were you get her though that there if there's something that's sitting on a crate in the basement, that's kind of a second tier item. That's three hundred years old that no one that doesn't help tell the story that's one thing. But it sounded like her concern and the concerns that I've seen expressed on Facebook is that some of the items have been on display Richmond are used to seeing them when they come that. They're four hundred years. Old. They tell the story of Virginia and those are now on the auction block. And and some people I want you to respond to this directly some people feel like they've been deceived that this isn't just items in the basement that these are kind of top tier showpiece items why auction off great Claire. Clarification, john? So just as a reminder, we're talking about four hundred and eighty items of what is a collection of several thousand and it is important to note that vast majority of the items that are being auctioned as part of these four hundred eighty items were in storage Virginia house, the important part, though, is that if we're going to do this and to do this, right? We thought it was important to pick a variety of items that would make for a very compelling auction. And so you have to pick a variety of items both some works of art, some silver some furniture to fill out what I think would make this interesting and useful. And would then contribute to what all the proceeds of this auction will go to a hundred percent every cent made from this auction. We'll go be reinvested back into the houses preservation in the care of the several thousand remaining collection items. So there are a few portraits that that personally I love I think they're beautiful, but none of the items relate to the history of Virginia. None of the items directly relate to the history of the wiggles. So we had to pick those items. We thought would be most compelling that could hopefully go to another museum through auction could benefit far more people than a few hundred people that are seeing them now and then benefit the future preservation of the site. I'm watching the clock, and we have to go. But let me ask you why not try to raise money from outside sources into a big capital campaign, rather than do anything that causes you to lose part of this very carefully collected series of items that clearly have a lot of people loving them. Great question. Two points one. It's all about priorities. The museum business is his is actually tough. And there's a lot of a lot of causes to raise money for to focus on our primary mission of saving Virginia's history and telling it to the largest possible audience. Also, this wasn't just about creating this preservation fund. It was about being smart stewards. And there was just far more things that Ginny house than we could properly take care of them to have a basement. That's like an iceberg. Right. That most of the stuff people never even saw. It's just in storage and sub par storage. So we thought we were doing in. We firmly believe still we're doing the right thing by rightsizing that collection picking things that we really treasure and long-term will support the story the Wendell's. No, it's gone. I know it's gotten a lot of attention over the last few days. And I appreciate both of you. Joining us, Jamie basket, whose voice you just heard the president of the Virginia museum of history and culture. Thank you very much, and we'll continue to monitor of this here w RV. And of course in the Richmond times dispatch. Thank you, Jamie. Day. It's nine seventeen and we are back with more in just a moment here on NewsRadio WR. Virginia Cavaliers twenty nineteen. She don't champions, congratulations to Tony Bennett. And the who's on reaching the pinnacle of college basketball from Richmond soul that national chance radio. You know,.