Released on 2014-12-01Categories History

Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Max Van Balgooy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 0759122792

Category: History

Page: 234

View: 846

This diverse anthology addresses both historical research and interpretive methodologies, including investigating church and legal records, using social media, navigating sensitive or difficult topics, preserving historic places, engaging students and communities, and strengthening connections between local and national history.
Released on 2014-12-24Categories History

Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Max A. van Balgooy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759122802

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 245

In this landmark guide, nearly two dozen essays by scholars, educators, and museum leaders suggest the next steps in the interpretation of African American history and culture from the colonial period to the twentieth century at history museums and historic sites. This diverse anthology addresses both historical research and interpretive methodologies, including investigating church and legal records, using social media, navigating sensitive or difficult topics, preserving historic places, engaging students and communities, and strengthening connections between local and national history. Case studies of exhibitions, tours, and school programs from around the country provide practical inspiration, including photographs of projects and examples of exhibit label text. Highlights include: Amanda Seymour discusses the prevalence of "false nostalgia" at the homes of the first five presidents and offers practical solutions to create a more inclusive, nuanced history. Dr. Bernard Powers reveals that African American church records are a rich but often overlooked source for developing a more complete portrayal of individuals and communities. Dr. David Young, executive director of Cliveden, uses his experience in reinterpreting this National Historic Landmark to identify four ways that people respond to a history that has been too often untold, ignored, or appropriated—and how museums and historic sites can constructively respond. Dr. Matthew Pinsker explains that historic sites may be missing a huge opportunity in telling the story of freedom and emancipation by focusing on the underground railroad rather than its much bigger "upper-ground" counterpart. Martha Katz-Hyman tackles the challenges of interpreting the material culture of both enslaved and free African Americans in the years before the Civil War by discussing the furnishing of period rooms. Dr. Benjamin Filene describes three "micro-public history" projects that lead to new ways of understanding the past, handling source limitations, building partnerships, and reaching audiences. Andrea Jones shares her approach for engaging students through historical simulations based on the "Fight for Your Rights" school program at the Atlanta History Center. A exhibit on African American Vietnam War veterans at the Heinz History Center not only linked local and international events, but became an award-winning model of civic engagement. A collaboration between a university and museum that began as a local history project interpreting the Scottsboro Boys Trial as a website and brochure ended up changing Alabama law. A list of national organizations and an extensive bibliography on the interpretation of African American history provide convenient gateways to additional resources.
Released on 2014-10-30Categories Social Science

Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Raney Bench

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759123397

Category: Social Science

Page: 149

View: 742

Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites features ideas and suggested best practices for the staff and board of museums that care for collections of Native material culture, and who work with Native American culture, history, and communities. This resource gives museum and history professionals benchmarks to help shape conversations and policies designed to improve relations with Native communities represented in the museum. The book includes case studies from museums that are purposefully working to incorporate Native people and perspectives into all aspects of their work. The case study authors share experiences, hoping to inspire other museum staff to reach out to tribes to develop or improve their own interpretative processes. Examples from tribal and non-tribal museums, and partnerships between tribes and museums are explored as models for creating deep and long lasting partnerships between museums and the tribal communities they represent. The case studies represent museums of different sizes, different missions, and located in different regions of the country in an effort to address the unique history of each location. By doing so, it inspires action among museums to invite Native people to share in the interpretive process, or to take existing relationships further by sharing authority with museum staff and board.
Released on 2016-04-08Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Marc K. Blackburn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442239753

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 663

While the lessons of the past are equally important today as when they first occurred, the trouble lies in making them accessible to modern-audiences. Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites provides a guide to turning those important American military moments into relevant and captivating experiences. The book acts as a primer for those unfamiliar with academic trends of the last forty years. Through current interpretive methods and case studies, readers will gain an understanding of how to take this information and create programs, interpretive media, outreach strategies, and mission goals that are relevant to the public and the institution charged with serving them.
Released on 2016-11-09Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Avi Y. Decter

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442264366

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 393

Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites begins with a broad overview of American Jewish history in the context of a religious culture than extends back more than 3,000 years and which manifests itself in a variety of distinctive American forms. Five chapters examine key themes in American Jewish history: movement, home life, community, prejudice, and culture. Each thematic chapter is followed by a series of case studies that describe and analyze a variety of projects by historical organizations to interpret American Jewish life and culture for general public audiences. The last two chapters of the book are a history of Jewish collections and Jewish museums in North America and a look at “next practice,” intended to promote continuous innovation, new thinking, and programming that is responsive to ever-changing circumstances.
Released on 2016-08-09Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting Naval History at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Naval History at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Benjamin J. Hruska

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442263697

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 326

Interpreting Naval History at Museums and Historic Sites demonstrates the broad appeal of naval themed commemoration, centering on military aspects from both times of war and peace. Transcending place and time, naval history is shaped into public forums for modern day consumption. These occurrences are not limited to just recent history, as can be seen in the celebration of man’s long history of transforming bodies of water from barriers into opportunities. In addition, with the modern day nation-state naval history is not just limited to areas near large bodies of water, as seen with landlocked states in the United States sharing in a proud naval tradition. Examples of this included in the book are USS Arizona, BB-39, and USS Missouri, BB-63.) Naval history is just one avenue, with sites marking the history of immigration, engineering technology, and architecture.. Naval history also extends into lighthouses and port facility construction which are the background of a host of U.S. Generals in the U.S. Army with the Army Corps of Engineers, which includes the Robert E. Lee. Using an international approach, the book illustrates the intersection of the historical understanding of one’s place and naval traditions. Locating the boundaries, one finds both the depth and breath of the topics linking (and dividing) water and man.
Released on 2016-05-02Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Julia Rose

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759124387

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 210

View: 819

Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites is framed by educational psychoanalytic theory and positions museum workers, public historians, and museum visitors as learners. Through this lens, museum workers and public historians can develop compelling and ethical representations of historical individuals, communities, and populations who have suffered. It includes various examples of difficult knowledge, detailed examples of specific interpretation methods, and will give readers an in-depth explanation of the psychoanalytic educational theories behind the methodologies. Audiences can more responsibly and productively engage in learning histories of oppression and trauma when they are in measured and sensitive museum learning environments and public history venues. To learn more, check out the website here: http://interpretingdifficulthistory.com/
Released on 2021-09-26Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Kris Gallas

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538100714

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 163

View: 352

This book shows how museums can create holistic, informative, and safe programming about slavery for children and young adults. Museums and historic sites that present a more accurate, inclusive slavery interpretation, draw more diverse visitors and enlighten those who already visit.
Released on 2021-09-11Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting the Legacy of Women's Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting the Legacy of Women's Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Page Harrington

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538118788

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 151

View: 771

"This book is an invaluable guide for public historians and site practitioners who are responsible for interpretation and education. The book begins with a chronological primer on the national and international history of the woman suffrage movement"--
Released on 2014-12-16Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Susan Ferentinos

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759123748

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

View: 478

LGBT individuals and families are increasingly visible in popular culture and local communities; their struggles for equality appear regularly in news media. Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites provides a straightforward, accessible guidebook for museum and history professionals as they embark on such worthy efforts.
Released on 2016-11-09Categories Business & Economics

Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites

Author: Kimberly A. Kenney

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442264489

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 249

View: 999

Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites is an invaluable resource for a wide range of cultural organizations that are attempting to plan an historical anniversary celebration or commemoration, including museums, churches, cities, libraries, colleges, arts organizations, science centers, historical societies, and historic house museums. As you plan a milestone anniversary for your institution, learn from what others have already accomplished in their own communities. What worked? What didn’t work? And why? The book begins with an examination of why people are drawn to celebrating and commemorating anniversaries in their own lives and in their communities, as well as the institutional benefits of planning this type of programming. The rest of the book features case studies of specific institutions that have planned and executed an anniversary celebration or commemoration. In-depth interviews with key staff members involved in the planning process at each organization provide the reader with ideas that can be adapted to their own celebrations, as well as pit-falls to avoid, funding opportunities, marketing plans, and visitor response. Chapters are organized by the type of anniversary activity: · Signature Events · Programs and Tours · Fundraising Campaigns · Exhibitions, Books and Documentaries · Audience Outreach and Community Involvement · Preservation · Partnerships · Commemorative Products and Souvenirs A wide range of sizes and types of organizations are represented from across the country and around the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Imperial War Museum, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Woodrow Wilson House, the National Corvette Museum, Stan Hywet, Cincinnati Preservation Society, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, the City of South Bend, and much more. Plans can be scaled up or down, depending on your institution’s resources.