Museum Appreciation I’ve been following the discussion on Confederate statues all across the US this summer, like a "Dead-head" for inadvertent on-line discussions on public history ( I've seen them play "Stop trying to erase history!" like 100 times). The comments on various local and national news reports illustrate Americans' diverse understand the situation, the Civil… Continue reading Museum Appreciation & Hoarding Confederate Monuments.
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
I recently read Vincent L. Michaels’ article “The Problem of the House Museum.” 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”
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
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
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.
Those who know me, know I love small homes. I like small spaces because it forces human contact; you are either living on top of your spouse or you leave you house a lot more. Which brings me to the second reason to love tiny homes: your housing costs will drop, you can afford to… Continue reading What We Can Learn from Historical Homes: The Tiny House Movement and the Historical Home
This week I came across a Boston Globe article that reiterated the question , "Are there too many house Museums." The article argues that museums (the traditional "stuff and exhibit space" museums) are experiencing new found popularity and are stepping-up their game with new exhibits, wings and architectural wonders. House museums, on the other hand,… Continue reading How to Reinvigorate House Museums
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