Public history roundup

Posted on December 4, 2009 under john cotton dana, museums, public history

Now hiring: City of Edmonton Historian Laureate

“This places Edmonton at the forefront of heritage awareness in Canada,” said City of Edmonton archivist Michael Payne. “Edmonton is the first municipality in Canada to create a Historian Laureate position. This is a testament to Edmonton’s commitment to heritage preservation.”

An excellent idea.  I hope  more municipalities, states, counties, etc., demonstrate their commitment to history by hiring public historians.

Museum workers on strike:

Repercussions of the financial crisis:

State Historical Society of Missouri cuts hours, employee pay:

“The reduced hours will have a significant impact on genealogists, students, and scholars who make use of the State Historical Society’s collections,” said Gary R. Kremer, the executive director. “And local organizations that have used scholars well-versed on a variety of historical topics will lose access to a much-needed source for speakers.”

The 25 percent withholding reduces the Society’s state funding to 65 percent of the FY2009 appropriation.

(thanks to Gordon Belt)

Gordon has also done a roundup of financial problems at state historical societies.

An update on the Ironworld closure:  an article linked by David Grabitske asserts that the Minnesota Discovery Center’s problems stemmed from an identity crisis:  were they a museum or an amusement park?

Twitterverse: the twitter museum community is very happy to welcome LAM hero John Cotton Dana to our ranks (as well as the museum he founded.)

2 Comments on “Public history roundup”

  1. Interesting about Ironworld – that’s the same conflict that sank the original Computer Museum in Boston, resulting in the relocation of the history part as the Computer History Museum to Mountain View, and the transition of the Boston site to something more in keeping with its presence on the pier. If you don’t know who your audience is, chances are the audience won’t either!

  2. County historians are a good idea.

    I like the system that Indiana has. The county historians are unpaid, unfortunately, but quite a few of them take their role very seriously. Some of them have been a great help to me. For example, when the State Library in Indianapolis couldn’t find some materials, I was able to say, “I know you had these not long ago, because the LaPorte County historian had e-mails from you about them.” When I said “county historian” they perked up and looked harder.

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