Fred looked around at the assembled students, and at the silent, watchful crowd. ‘If anyone fancies buying a Portable Swamp, as demonstrated upstairs, come to number ninety-three, Diagon Alley — Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes,’ he said in a loud voice, ‘Our new premises!’
-JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
It doesn’t* feature Fizzing Whizbees or portable swamps, but the Tékumel Foundation has moved into its first premises. And before you ask, the answer to your first question is “No, of course we can’t afford it.” But we had to break the Catch-22 of being unable to raise funds without a workspace and being unable to get a workspace without funds, so we bit the bullet and are planning to work hard to make this space productive. And in order to control costs we’re sharing the space with another organization.
Goals for the space include a working archive wherein documents can be preserved, restored, digitized and tracked, and a gallery to display the restored Temple of Vimúhla model, costumed mannequins in Tsolyáni armor, and artwork by Tékumel artists. While not intended as a public space, volunteers and guests will be provided access and for security there’s a second, securable entrance to the archives themselves. We’ll be spending the month of August moving in book shelves and documents and getting basic office functionality established, and we’ll track that activity here.
It is our hope that this significant investment will allow work to proceed much more quickly and efficiently than has been possible to date.
And of course, you can help with your donations and with your volunteered time if you’re local to the Twin Cities metro area. To donate,visit our main page at http://www.tekumelfoundation.org (And yes, we’re working on linking from there to this blog.)