Category Archives: Interpretive issues

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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Interpreting Recent Histories

In History After Apartheid, Coombes relates how the interpretation of the Tswaing Crater initially involved an advisory body – the Tswaing Forum. Here, “civic associations” were engaged and employed in the process, some of which coordinated grassroots political causes. From … Continue reading

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Leo Frank commemoration: Museum partnerships and controversial topics | Public History Commons

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In discussing interpretive issues, I have often wondered about the problems associated with presenting our “heroes” as such. I have been reading Coombes’s History After Apartheid, and his examination of Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for decades. In the process … Continue reading

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What is it?

I apologize in advance for the length of this and its sort of rambling nature. “What’s this?” I opened up the heavy iron device so my audience could peak inside. “Oh! A waffle iron!” the guests gleefully cried, young and … Continue reading

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Apps and a Sense of Place

This article from NPR’s All Things Considered came across my feed today through an African American genealogy forum that I follow: An App Tells Painful Stories of Slaves at Monticello’s Mulberry Row. I’ve been interested in the potential of apps … Continue reading

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VR as Living History

I’m going to throw this wet noodle at the wall and see if it sticks. This week, we have used the essays in Enacting History as a springboard for discussion on living history. Among the many concepts and themes that … Continue reading

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