Category Archives: Discussion

I’m going to be honest. Our book this week, Beyond Preservation by Andrew Hurley, threw me for a loop. As many of you know, my main focus for the past few years has been academic history, and that comes with a collection … 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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Dekalb County resolution to remove Decatur monument

https://www.wabe.org/dekalb-county-signals-wants-move-confederate-monument/ I found this article with an update on the Confederate Monument in Decatur. It looks like Dekalb County approved a resolution to have it removed. This seems like a complicated case of who physically “owns” history, whether it’s the … Continue reading

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Dialogue in History

Very interesting readings this week in regards of dialogue.  I feel that creating a dialogue amongst museum goers definitely creates opportunities for people to discuss their thoughts and beliefs with a group of people that they may never have opened … 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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Some thoughts on relevance

I enjoyed our discussion on Tuesday about relevance and what the looks like in public history. I’ve worked at both art and history museums and I have seen programs that work and are relevant to the community, and I’ve seen … Continue reading

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