Monthly Archives: September 2012

“Don’t frack our history!” Using the past for environmental activism in northeastern Pennsylvania | History@Work

“Don’t frack our history!” Using the past for environmental activism in northeastern Pennsylvania | History@Work. Advertisements

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Historical Integrity vs Inspiration

Another discussion brought up an interesting point that I’d like to separate out of the larger discussion on Living History and give its own focus, as I think it perhaps applies to the idea of history as entertainment and public … Continue reading

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Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity in Greater Philadelphia | Philaculture.org

Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity in Greater Philadelphia | Philaculture.org. Once again showing what we already know, that a healthy arts, culture, and heritage sector is good for the economy as well as the heart and mind. A recent report … Continue reading

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Changing the power dynamics of exhibition development

Sorry to overwhelm the blog this weekend; but I wanted to share with everyone an exhibit that is currently going on at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology called ‘Imagine Africa’. This exhibition project has put a blank sheet of paper out there for visitors to determine what is in the exhibition (from the museum’s collection), and how it is interpreted, thus reversing the traditional power dynamics of museums. Is this the way that all museums will operate in the future? 

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The sinister side of living history?

I will begin by saying that I am not the biggest fan of living history. I would rather have less people interested in history than people who experience a romanticized experience of a past that never happened but who now … Continue reading

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The problem with living history?

I was just watching the 11pm news and saw story that reminded me of some of the issues we’ve talked about in class, though it is set in an elementary school, not a museum.  The 5th grade class was studying … Continue reading

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My Time as an Interpreter

After graduating from with my BA in Anthropology, I moved to Williamsburg, VA with intent on finding work as an archaeology tech. Because I had the fabulous luck to graduate in December of 2008, there was no work to be … Continue reading

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