Early last summer, Longwood management began using the library in the Peirce–du Pont House for business meetings, but I thought no business person is going to sit through a meeting in a room with no air conditioning once the weather turned hot.
As the summer developed, portable air conditioners were added at each window, but they were only turned on for the business meetings. Summers then were still rather benign, but this year has had a few wickedly hot days, and the trend is likely to continue.
Management is always stressing how important the visitors are (even calling them “guests”), so I thought let’s see if they put their air conditioners where their mouths are. Will they share their air conditioners with the visitors they claim to be so important?
I was surpassed to see they did share. During the very hot days, visitors were invited to watch the 12-minute repeating video in the comfort of the air conditioning. Many were grateful for the offer, and even stayed for a second showing of the video, something that never happened before. Other temporary changes were quickly implemented to deal with the hottest weather. Congratulations, Longwood management.
I still walk through the back rooms during my shift to be sure no one has passed out from heat exhaustion, or for any reason, visitor or employee. No one has yet. Upstairs, where the offices are and visitors are not allowed (nothing to see), the employees still have to look out for each other (and they do).
(This blog is independently produced and is not specifically sanctioned by Longwood Gardens management. It contains only information readily available to the public. I do not reveal inside secrets. There are none. As a volunteer, I have found events, and people, to be exactly as they appear. Just don’t expect the air conditioning and the other heat-related amenities to be available on any but the hottest days.)