Founding Fathers, George Washington, Historical Research, Historical Sites, House Museums, Museums, Object Veneration, Public History

“Yes, Vincent, There is a House Museum That Works”[1]

            I recently read Vincent L. Michaels’ article “The Problem of the House Museum.”[2] Michaels identifies the problem as the concept of the house museum itself. He argues that the house museum "model" never worked. His argument is a sharp turn away from previous assessments of house museums, like Ruth… Continue reading “Yes, Vincent, There is a House Museum That Works”[1]

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Founding Fathers, Historical Sites, House Museums, Museums, NPS, Public History

Obama and The Antiquities Act

Let’s talk about President Obama’s National Monument proclamations! I read Kate Shepard’s article “One Big Piece of Obama’s Legacy: A Park System that Looks Like All of Us,” on Huffington Post this morning, and I just had to add a bit more about the sites’ historical significance to her discussion.[i]   To begin; Since 1906… Continue reading Obama and The Antiquities Act

Founding Fathers

Sexy Founding Fathers: Why Does This Fabric Exist and Why Did I Buy It?

Happy Presidents' Day! Over the summer while I was working at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (GEWA) my co-worker and I stumbled upon this fabric at the Joann's in Fredericksburg, and proceeded to make pillows, sexy, historical pillows. I, in all my wisdom, bought far too much fabric, which means my computer chair (see below) and… Continue reading Sexy Founding Fathers: Why Does This Fabric Exist and Why Did I Buy It?