Category Archives: Reviews

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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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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In Terms of History and Literature Mockingbird Flies Bye Bye

So this is a really sad story and I cannot help but think about how “we” are trying to silence history and normalize racial intolerance by silencing the history that taught us the errors of exclusion and bigotry. Isn’t the … 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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History of the South with a capital S

Inspired by William Fitzhugh Brundage’s examination of public memory and identity construction within the South (with a capital S!) in The Southern Past: Power and the Production of History, I conducted my site visit analysis at the Margaret Mitchell House … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Silences

As I’ve been thinking more and more about my role as a future public historian, I find myself reflecting on Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s book, “Silencing the Past.”  In particular, I keep thinking about Trouillot’s discussion concerning the two tropes that are … Continue reading

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