Category Archives: Best Practices

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

I enjoyed the fact that Andrew Hurley’s “Beyond Preservation” discussed the merits of public archaeology and how the discipline related to public history.  As someone who comes from an archaeology background, I find that public history and public archaeology have … Continue reading

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Can a White Supremacist Be Pacifist? What do I Do? 

So, I never expected to be confronted with my own “Confederate Monument” so-to-speak in the context of the American Peace Society but I did, and it blew my mind. I suspected there would be western exceptionalism but I never expected … Continue reading

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A Note on Engagement: The Flower House in Detroit

I also really enjoyed the concept of the Funeral for a Home and wanted to compare it to the Flower House installation in Detroit.  Like Mantua in Philadelphia, Detroit has a long history of population loss, disinvestment, and residential vacancies.  … Continue reading

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Open-Hearted Insiders

I immensely enjoyed Nina Simon’s insight in “The Art of Relevance” (particularly her allegorical discussions of relevance symbolized by keys, doors, and rooms) and found that her approach to museum programming and the museum visitor experience highlighted some of professional … Continue reading

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Relevance, History, and “Dumbing Down”

When reading Nina Simon’s book I had a visceral response to the section on “otherizing outsiders.”  Porcia was “otherized” (74) in her museum experience, and while the author credits the tour guide with a “genuine attempt at making the tour … Continue reading

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Making it Relevant

Our reading this week opened up a new may of thinking about history.  How we get outsiders to use their keys to open doors to worlds that they may or may not ever have entered.  In other words, helping outsiders … Continue reading

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Women Emerging

In my mention of the silences (exclusion) of local historical sites including women’s contributions to communities I offer you this great article on oral history. https://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/virginia/woman-who-safehoused-jews-during-wwii-laid-to-rest/article_ddd8c6e5-c9ea-5edf-9fc2-91f049cdf200.html

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