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

The Library of Congress & I (& also ghosts): A Torrid Love Affair

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

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 Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory, which is a bit outdated but creates space for good discussions.[1] One of the main difficulties with portraying slavery at historical sites is the reality of physical and mental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

Sexy Founding Fathers: Why Does This Fabric Exist and Why Did I Buy It?

Happy Presidents' Day! Over the summer while I was working at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (GEWA) my co-worker and I stumbled upon this fabric at the Joann's in Fredericksburg, and proceeded to make pillows, sexy, historical pillows. I, in all my wisdom, bought far too much fabric, which means my computer chair (see below) and … Continue reading Sexy Founding Fathers: Why Does This Fabric Exist and Why Did I Buy It?