Display Art, Exhibit Review, Florida, Historical Sites

A Light in The Storm: The St. Augustine Lighthouse and The Innovative House Museum

This past weekend my husband and I went to St. Augustine to take in the sites, and ride our bikes someplace new. I polled my FB friends for a the best museum in St. Augustine and the Lighthouse came up a few times. I was suspicious about the amount of engagement or amusement I would… Continue reading A Light in The Storm: The St. Augustine Lighthouse and The Innovative House Museum

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Display Art, Exhibit Review, Landscape History, Museums, Public History, Sustainability

Interactive History at the Museum of History and Industry (Seattle,WA)

This past week I had the pleasure of exploring Seattle while attending the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference. I was staying with friend who studies museology at U. Washington, obviously the two of us visited the city’s wonderful museums. The thing that struck me and has stuck with me since I left was the… Continue reading Interactive History at the Museum of History and Industry (Seattle,WA)

Display Art, hatpin, historical fashion, Museums, Self Defense, Take Back the Night, Women's History

Hatpin Stabbings

Today while reading through David Glassberg's The Presence of the Past, I was distracted by his mention of a woman stabbing someone with a hatpin in a San Francisco crowd. ( I have never heard such a thing!) This inspired me to google "hatpin stabbing," which was remarkably fruitful. So I tweeted the Smithsonian (because we… Continue reading Hatpin Stabbings

Display Art, Uncategorized, World's Fair

A Fair Comparison

A while back I had a conversation with a professor about the nintenth-century world's fairs, she  asked me if I liked going to fairs now. I don't! But why? Effort/Purposefulness/Esthetics Perhaps it is my inability to go to the World's Fairs that allow me to idealize them so, but there is something to be said… Continue reading A Fair Comparison

Display Art, Exhibit Review, Historical Sites, Military History, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History

The National Museum of the Marine Corps

Last year at the National Museum of American History I was surprised that the museum decided to call the military action at the turn of the twentieth-century “War of Expansion.” I was not surprised because I felt differently, I was surprised that the nationally excepted (which I think we can safely assume because the museum… Continue reading The National Museum of the Marine Corps

D.C. Food, Display Art, Exhibit Review, Lunch, Museums, Native Americans, Object Veneration, Public History

Nat’l Museum of the American Indian (D.C)

(Originally from June 2013) I am back in Virginia for the summer, exploring the state, its history and the state’s history with history—and working with the NPS reanalyzing the 1930’s excavation which found George Washington’s birthplace home or "Building X." More on that to come. For my first blog of the summer I want to… Continue reading Nat’l Museum of the American Indian (D.C)

Display Art, Exhibit Review, Florida, Manatees, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History

South Florida Museum aka Snooty’s House

The South Florida Museum is a strange museum. (strange is good, in most cases) The museum contains a history/archeology museum, a manatee aquarium, and a planetarium, and hosts various community events and fundraisers. I love manatees, but I am going to go over the museum’s non-manatee related aspects before I gush over Snooty. Knowing where… Continue reading South Florida Museum aka Snooty’s House