How do we break through some of the traps historic houses place on themselves?
On a recent trip to DC, I was inspired over and over again by some incredible exhibit design ideas.
When you’re a museum fan and an ornament collector, you might end up with a very full Christmas tree. . . Ornaments have long been one of my go-to souvenirs for big trips, so it’s little wonder that my tree is full of a lot of historic house museums. Several years ago, my friend andContinue reading “An Ornamental History”
Over the years, quite a few trips have featured a visit to a literary landmark. For some, like Prince Edward Island or Mankato, MN, the destination was determined by the book. For others, like Orchard House and Hannibal, it was a pleasant (and necessary!) detour. Last week, an article called The Fantasy, and Folly, ofContinue reading “Fan Girl”
Here’s the simple truth: I wouldn’t be in the museum field if it wasn’t for a string of paid summer internships during my college years. But this origin story is rapidly becoming extinct.
As a Dallasite, it is required that I dislike Houston. And after spending three days there recently for the Texas Association of Museums conference, I can’t say that I’ve totally changed my mind. However, there are some wonderful museums there, and much like my experience in Philadelphia, I was genuinely surprised by a few spots.Continue reading “Museum Surprises in Houston”
Sometimes, being a museum professional ruins museums. We develop our inner checklist, the things that we judge others on. It may have nothing to do with anything a “regular” visitor cares about, but it causes us to think differently and move differently through an exhibit. I’ve warned family and friends not to visit a museumContinue reading “Museum Surprises in Philadelphia”
My friend Kim forwarded this blog entry to me. It’s all about using stories to teach history at museums. Are you surprised that I liked it? Seriously though, this is a great program. Years ago, I went to a session about this particular program. Somewhere I still have the list of book recommendations they handed itContinue reading “I’m not the only one!”