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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Florida, Ghost Story, Ghost Tour, Ghosts, Historical Sites, Public History, Southern History, Storytelling

A Love Letter to Tampa Theater

  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.[1] I’ve enjoyed… Continue reading A Love Letter to Tampa Theater

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)

Digital History/ Humanities, Historical Research, Public History

Digital Humanities and William Byrd

Digital humanities are hard to miss (if you don't know what I'm talking about then shame on you!) At the moment USF has a number of Digital Humanities groups and initiatives: Tampa/USF Digital Humanities Group, the History department offers a 400 level course called "Introduction to Digital Humanities" and I believe the library is creating a… Continue reading Digital Humanities and William Byrd

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

Folktales, Ghosts, Historical Sites, Landscape History, Public History, Ruins, Spiritualism, Storytelling

Landscape: The Abandoned and The Haunted

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

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

Folktales, Public History, Storytelling, Uncategorized

Folktales and Storytelling

I am reading Virginia folk tales in search of some ghost-gold. I have come across many interesting ones. Some interesting because of their great quality and others interesting because they are so horribly lame. This post is a beginning of what will hopefully develop into some intriguing posts about folklore and storytelling. No promises about… Continue reading Folktales and Storytelling