Category Archives: Public history profession

Shared Authority: Lowell and Avondale Estates

Reflecting on our experience over the past semester sharing authority with the interpretation of historical resources in Avondale Estates, I found many parallels in our reading, “The Lowell Experiment,” by Cathy Stanton.  Working at the Morgan Center, Stanton found that … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration

I enjoyed the fact that Andrew Hurley’s “Beyond Preservation” discussed the merits of public archaeology and how the discipline related to public history.  As someone who comes from an archaeology background, I find that public history and public archaeology have … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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