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)

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

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

Children's Museum Tours, Education, Exhibit Review, Historical Sites, Museums, Public History, St. Mary's City

St. Mary’s City 2013

(This post is originally from my old blog, summer 2013) The sun sits closer to the earth at St. Mary’s City. In all my experiences there it is hot place. Hotter than hot. The kind of weather that makes me, a Floridian citizen, think “My god it is warm here.” It is not quite a… Continue reading St. Mary’s City 2013

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)

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

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