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 Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory, which is a bit outdated but creates space for good discussions.[1] One of the main difficulties with portraying slavery at historical sites is the reality of physical and mental abuse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

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

Display Art, Uncategorized, World's Fair

A Fair Comparison

A while back I had a conversation with a professor about the nintenth-century world's fairs, she  asked me if I liked going to fairs now. I don't! But why? Effort/Purposefulness/Esthetics Perhaps it is my inability to go to the World's Fairs that allow me to idealize them so, but there is something to be said… Continue reading A Fair Comparison