Historical Sites, Museums, NCPH, Object Veneration, Public History, Slavery, Southern History

Museum Appreciation & Hoarding Confederate Monuments.

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.

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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]

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

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)

Historical Sites, Landscape History, Museums, Public History, Sustainability, Uncategorized

How to Reinvigorate House Museums

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

Ghosts, Historical Sites, Landscape History, Museums, Public History, Slavery, Uncategorized

The Tough Stuff is Still Tough Stuff : Slavery in Public History

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.[1] 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

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

Historical Sites, Museum Minute, Museums, Public History

Christmas In Museum Land

I recently read MuseumMinute which asks if  museums "sell out" when they "deck" their exhibit halls. A second blog called Peabody's Lament says "We do it because the Christmas season is a month-long Black Friday for museums. Our visitation (and our coffers) swell. Christmas is a house museum institution. {Honestly Christmas is a bit overwhelming, there is… Continue reading Christmas In Museum Land

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