Category Archives: Book review

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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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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Pick your silences carefully

Over the past few weeks we read Trouillot’s Silencing the Past, a book dealing with historical narrative and the absences that can manifest through intentional manipulation of that story through historical actors, archivists and historians with different racial, political and … Continue reading

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Interpretive Planning

After visiting Avondale Estates, I’ve been mulling over potential planning objectives for the current semester and thinking about how they fit into an overall interpretive plan.  One aspect of “Interpretive Planning: The 5-M Model for Successful Planning Projects” by Lisa … Continue reading

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