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Sustainable Practices for Co-Created Exhibits

Posted on March 18, 2014 under museums, public history, Uncategorized

Come to our NCPH session, this Thursday morning at 8:30 as part of the NCPH annual meeting in sunny, convenient Monterey. How can co-created projects become a sustainable part of our work?  This roundtable includes participants who have facilitated recurring co-created exhibits and other projects involving museums, community organizations, students, artists, and other diverse partners. […]


Posted on September 18, 2013 under Uncategorized

I’ll be at AASLH in Birmingham this week, talking about history practice with the biggest gathering of small history museum professionals there is. I’m giving a talk Thursday at 1:30 pm: Vintage or Artifact? Collecting the 20th and 21st Centuries At what point do we consider an object old enough to be an artifact? Must an […]

Some public memories

Posted on November 11, 2010 under public history, Uncategorized

The public image of what the war was like (bloody and muddy) and meant (pointless) has remained strikingly constant over the last four decades. An interesting analysis of public memory of WWI in Britain, posted recently on H-Public. Memorialization is always fraught and problematic.  But we can’t let Wilfred Owen do our history work for […]


Posted on August 24, 2010 under museums, public history, Uncategorized

A few links on public history from around these webs: Please start reading the excellent Fredericksburg Remembered and its sister blog Mysteries and Conundrums from folks from the NPS at Fredericksburg.   Thanks to @jmcclurken for bringing them to my attention. The Civil War Augmented Reality Project is a neat project prototyping AR binoculars for […]


Posted on June 29, 2010 under me, museums, Uncategorized

Today Eric Johnson and I have a guest post at Museum 2.0 about Oldenberg’s The Great Good Place, part of this month’s discussion on the book.  Do go read it: we shoutout to John Cotton Dana.

The real and the true: on alternate history

Posted on July 17, 2009 under historical fiction, museums, public history, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

History museums are in the business of helping people make meaning out of the past, often through historic objects.  Stories and personal connections in history help people feel the emotional meanings of objects, engaging with the past in a creative and intimate way. Supporting the historical imaginary, though, could mean tolerating, supporting, even promoting stories […]

“Do not return flood damaged books” and how you can help

Posted on June 23, 2008 under libraries, museums, Uncategorized

Floods continue to inundate the Mississippi Valley. What’s happening with history and cultural heritage institutions? Read more for how you can help. NEH has just announced that it will be giving out $1 million in grants for disaster recovery: “Affected institutions in federally designated disaster areas may apply immediately for emergency grants of up to […]

Ben Franklin on Today’s Primary

Posted on April 22, 2008 under Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A conversation between me and Ben Franklin: Suzanne: Who do you support in the Pennsylvania primary? Ben: Human beings. Are you testing me? Suzanne: No, I just wanted your opinion on politics. Ben: Interesting question. Suzanne:  Do you like Barack Obama? Ben:  Some people like it.  I like any faithfully sung hymn. Suzanne:  How are […]

Roundup for 3/5

Posted on March 5, 2008 under blogs, history of medicine, minnesota, Uncategorized

Mike Rhode from the NMNH has a blog called A Repository for Bottled Monsters. It looks like the NMNH is doing some great work with digitizing their collections and finding aids. I’m particularly happy that they’re putting their books up on the Internet Archive. An interesting post from a tech blog about the rising need […]