Category Archives: Best Practices

How to deal with History in Museums

In light of the two recent readings, I thought it interesting that Stone Mountain would seriously debate the creation of an exhibit commemorating the contribution of African-American soldiers during the Civil War. AJC article The part to watch will be … Continue reading

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Market for History

I felt that the conclusion of this article rang rather familiar to our discussion last night: “American history is hardly something about which Americans can agree. Instead, it functions as yet another way for Americans to spend their money on … Continue reading

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The Haitian Revolution and the Silencing of the Past.

My thesis regarding the Haitian Revolution, stemming from my undergraduate work in history and geography more than 15 years ago at UNC Charlotte, was whether the revolution aided in ending slavery or the slave trade. As the author of the … Continue reading

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A “shower” gone wrong

I wanted to share an issue that has made significant headline the last day or so. This might work rather well with regard to our next readings too. The museum folk over in Poland decided to deal with the summer … Continue reading

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Why repatriating museum artifacts is bad

This article from the Wall Street Journal got me thinking about jrenner ‘s post on the Civil War and Foucault. In that post Josh/Julie (?sorry) looked at the relationship of power to history and using Foucault asked who won the … Continue reading

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How House Museums Are Squaring Don’t Touch With Interactive Audiences | KUNC

How House Museums Are Squaring Don’t Touch With Interactive Audiences | KUNC.

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“Outsourcing” the curatorial impulse, Part One

Originally posted on Thinking about museums:
This past Saturday, my lovely and talented wife and I made our weekly trek to the local farmers’ market in Union Square, Somerville. It is, I think, the best market in the Boston area,…

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