Civil War 150, History Class, Public History, Undergraduate Education, Wikipedia

Wikipedia in the Classroom

As a graduate assistant ( I am rounding out my 7th full year taking university classes, wooh!) I have heard nearly all my professors deride wikipedia. Usually on the first day of classes professors remind students to read their books and articles and ignore wikipedia, to use real primary sources and secondary sources from university… Continue reading Wikipedia in the Classroom

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Historical Sites, Museum Minute, Museums, Public History

Christmas In Museum Land

I recently read MuseumMinute which asks if  museums "sell out" when they "deck" their exhibit halls. A second blog called Peabody's Lament says "We do it because the Christmas season is a month-long Black Friday for museums. Our visitation (and our coffers) swell. Christmas is a house museum institution. {Honestly Christmas is a bit overwhelming, there is… Continue reading Christmas In Museum Land

Exhibit Review, Historical Sites, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History

Smithsonian Visit From August 2012

I wrote this for my past blog, but a friend reminded me of it by posting a link, http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-overexposed-museum-7757, to an article that laments people taking selfies with museum objects. The author has a rather romantic vision of what museum visits are like and as my friend pointed out "police for the values of the bourgeois… Continue reading Smithsonian Visit From August 2012