Nate, Frank (our dachshund), and I are leaving Tampa soon, and in preparation we are trying to do a very slow farewell tour of the places we’ll miss the most. This past weekend my sister-in-law and her family came to visit us and we all caught a tour at the Tampa Theater. I’ve enjoyed… Continue reading A Love Letter to Tampa Theater
After about a year of people asking me if my research was “Dark Tourism,” or asserting that it was (“OH, Like Dark Tourism?!”) I decided to read all the articles about “Dark Tourism” I could get my hands on. Having done that, I conclude that what I do is not “Dark Tourism,” and that I… Continue reading Dark Tourism: No thanks.
It was recently brought to my attention that “Ruin Porn” is a thing –and a problematic one at that. I am no stranger to the draw of abandoned places, I recently found an abandoned Renaissance Fair, and I never pass up the opportunity to look at photos of defunct amusement parks or detailed architecture made… Continue reading Landscape: The Abandoned and The Haunted
Part 1 I recently read James Oliver Horton, and Lois E. Horton, Editors. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory, which is a bit outdated but creates space for good discussions. One of the main difficulties with portraying slavery at historical sites is the reality of physical and mental abuse inherent in slavery.… Continue reading The Tough Stuff is Still Tough Stuff : Slavery in Public History
(Originally Posted on my blogspot blog August 2013) On Monday I spent some time on the 3rd floor of USF’s library in the stack BF. Good Ol’ BF is home to the books the Lib. Of Congress categorizes under the term “Spiritualism,” among others. If you have not heard, let me remind you, I am playing… Continue reading Mediums to the Past
(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
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