Category Archives: Museums

Beyond Preservation – Avondale Estates Considered

In this week’s discussion about Avondale Estates, I could not help but think about this past week’s reading in context to our project. First and foremost is the consideration of the author who asserts that these types of programs applies … 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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Avondale Estates: A Local Museum

The experience of speaking with community members and handing out surveys last Saturday at Avondale Estate’s Art Walk really made me reflect on the particular ways in which local museums operate as discussed by Amy K. Levin in “Defining Memory.”  … 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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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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Museum Exhibits: Jack-of-all-Trades

Tammy S. Gordon’s overview of exhibition practices in different types of museums contained so many phenomenal examples of Michigan-based historical institutions that it made me a little homesick!  One such example included one of my very favorite institutions located in … Continue reading

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