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.
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”
This spring break I decided to temporarily put down Virginia folktales (provided by my past love—The WPA) and give some attention to the Library of Congress’s digital newspaper collections (I am going to make this very obvious, the federal government does great things for my education, WPA, the LOC, the grants and loans I got … Continue reading The Library of Congress & I (& also ghosts): A Torrid Love Affair
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
For this week's seminar my fellow students and I read Ari Kelman's Misplaced Massacre. Kelman details the story of how the Sand Creek Massacre site became a NPS memorial site. As the title suggests, a major issue was the location of the massacre. The Native American descendants claim the site was in one place, while the NPS archeologists … Continue reading The Importance of Land
(This originally from my old blog spot page. August 2013) I attempted to write a post about an article I did not like, but I was not fully aware of why it left me with a sour taste. The article’s basic argument was that museums should digitize their collections, (make them available online) which is … Continue reading Digital Tourist-Shmigital Shmoulrist: On-line Museums are for Research
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