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New article

Posted on February 28, 2015 under me

Here I am complicating the PPIE centennial story in Boom.

Four things

Posted on August 15, 2014 under me, museums

that I’ve written recently: an op-ed about World’s Fairs a Kern Your Enthusiasm piece about braille fonts a blog post about an exhibit project and a co-authored book chapter about collecting contemporary technology.  

Happy new year and elections

Posted on January 2, 2014 under me

I hope your 2014  is full of museumgoing and critical reflection on history! In the new year, may I suggest that the NCPH members among my readers vote in the NCPH board elections?  You should have received an email in December with voting information.  The election closes on Jan 5 and I am running for […]

That weekend

Posted on March 14, 2013 under me, minnesota

The  third weekend in April continues to be excessively popular for conferences in our (dear museum/history-inclined reader!) fields, which this year includes Museums and the Web and NCPH (which looks like a terrific meeting in Ottawa this year.) I will be attending neither of these, but will instead be attending this conference in Minneapolis, “Practicing Science, Engaging […]

The move

Posted on December 6, 2012 under me | 2 Comments

Friends, since last we spoke I packed everything I owned, drove across most of the country with a yowling cat companion, and arrived safely in the Bay Area, where I am now a curator at the Oakland Museum of California.  My remit is “contemporary history,” and I am excited to think through what it means […]

Belated Conference Report

Posted on May 1, 2012 under me, museums, public history

It is a testament to the quality and high level of engagement of this year’s NCPH conference that the web is already full of conference reports; here’s mine. The NCPH/OAH meeting in Milwaukee was full of interesting sessions on vital work in the field, passionate people doing good history, free wifi, and excellent beer. I’m […]


Posted on April 16, 2012 under history of technology, me | 1 Comment

As perhaps you’ve noticed, I am now a contributor to The Atlantic Technology channel.  I’ve recently written about typewriter nostalgia, shorthand, and Ivan Illich’s Tools for Conviviality.  Do subscribe to the channel; there’s a continuous stream of historically inflected work there, as well as historiography of technology disguised as current tech news analysis.


Posted on February 27, 2012 under blogs, me

A few blog- and Suzanne-related notes: This spring you’ll see me in Milwaukee at the NCPH/OAH conference (for which a hashtag has not yet been determined).  Our panel “Museums and Makers:  Intersections of Public History from Steam Trains to Steampunk” will be Thursday, April 19 at 10:30. Be there.  The conference program is online now. […]

How Twitter helped me write exhibit labels

Posted on September 6, 2011 under community, me, museums, twitterstorians | 3 Comments

This post is part of a blog celebration of two-year anniversary of the #twitterstorians community, organized by the indefatigable Katrina Gulliver. I’ve spent most of the past two years working on a very large automotive history exhibit. 80,000 sq ft, to be exact–bigger than most museums and probably the biggest exhibit I will ever have […]