Category Archives: Best Practices

Shared Authority Fail: Art and Interpretation on the Atlanta BeltLine

  Art on the Atlanta BeltLine: Context is Key Now in its eighth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine¬†(the “largest free, temporary outdoor art exhibition in the South”) recently opened its annual fall show featuring a piece along its Westside … Continue reading

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Vote Missy Elliot to Replace Confederate Monuments

On Wednesday, August 16th police arrested 22-year-old university student Takiyah Thompson for helping several other protesters dismantle a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina. Video from the protest shows Thompson mounting the statue and tying nylon lifting slings around the … Continue reading

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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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