Exhibit Review, History Class, Immigration History, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History, Smithsonian

The America Trunk Comes Home

(This was original from my old blog, Fall 2012) Greetings! I recently read Round-Trip to America: The Immigrates return to Europe 1880-1930. by Mark Wyman. His book is about the percentage of European immigrants who came to the United States to work, build a savings and return to their land of origin in order to achieve their… Continue reading The America Trunk Comes Home

Exhibit Review, Folk Art, Ghost Story, Ghosts, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History, Spiritualism

Ghosts, Museums and Spiritual residue

(This was originally from my old blog, written in 2012) I am very excited about this. Ghosts and talk of them make me very uncomfortable and so do dead bodies, but within the confines of history I find it very interesting. On page 86 in Handler and Gable’s controversial 1997 book New History in an Old… Continue reading Ghosts, Museums and Spiritual residue

Ghosts, Historical Sites, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History


Souvenirs I recently joined Twitter and have been following the Smithsonian’s various twitter accounts; they post fun facts, museum news, and parts of their object collection. One collection in particular engaged me- the historical souvenirs. Now they were not the type of historical souvenirs seen in museum stores or in Marling’s George Washington Slept Here, but… Continue reading Souvenirs