The MIT Museum is holding a virtual town meeting to get help selecting the 150 objects that will be featured in an exhibit celebrating MIT’s 150th anniversary in January 2011. Some 350 objects have been nominated but it’s not too late to slip in your own best idea about what represents MIT ingenuity, wit, and talent – or add a story about one of the objects.
As of Nov. 9, the Baker House Piano Drop was leading the early vote. [Nov. 10 update: Hacking has broken into the early morning lead–but Museum staff realized it was because the poll was hacked!; by noon Baker had retaken the lead.] Of course that does not exactly spell doom for the rest of the objects since 150 items actually will go on view in the MIT 150 Exhibition.
You can review and vote for up to 10 items, which range from stalwarts like Great Dome photos to an amazing waterfall hack from last year.
MIT Museum staff will make the final curatorial decisions, but this popular vote will weigh heavily in their choices, says Deborah Douglas, MIT Museum curator of science and technology.
Voting for the MIT 150 is open to all. The online voting closes January 1, although stories may be added continually on the website. By doing so, “the MIT Museum hopes to build an open repository of artifacts and stories that is as rich and deep as any other library or archive here on campus,” says Douglas.