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The History of Museum Educators: Why the Role Is Important Today

December 5, 2019 I recently received my copy of the Journal of Museum Education, a publication from Museum Education Roundtable, in the mail and I began to read this edition. This last edition for the year is about the history of museum educators. Once I heard about this edition, I decided to read it and… Continue reading The History of Museum Educators: Why the Role Is Important Today

Thanksgiving: How We Are Changing the Way We Teach Kids Why We Celebrate

November 25, 2019 Thanksgiving is a few days away, and we reflect on how we teach the next generation about its history. Children in the past began to dress up as Pilgrims and Native Americans for school pageants, make Turkeys in arts and crafts, create headbands with feathers and clothing out of shopping bags, design… Continue reading Thanksgiving: How We Are Changing the Way We Teach Kids Why We Celebrate

How Important it is to Teach Historical Thinking Skills

November 14, 2019 I have learned, as a historian and public historian, that having and utilizing thinking skills are essential for understanding history and the current events surrounding us in our communities. Therefore, I emphasize it is significant to continue as well as improve how we teach historical thinking skills in schools. Before I became… Continue reading How Important it is to Teach Historical Thinking Skills

The History of Halloween and How Museums Celebrate

October 30, 2019 To celebrate Halloween, it is time to remind ourselves of how Halloween became the holiday we know in the twenty-first century. Halloween’s earliest root is the Pagan celebration and ancient Gaelic festival Samhain (pronounced “saah-win”) which marked the time of year when seasons changed, and many observers believed the boundary between this… Continue reading The History of Halloween and How Museums Celebrate

International Museum Workers Day 2019 and #MuseumEdChat

October 24, 2019 October 24th is International Museum Workers Day. According to the official website, IMWD began as an educational project to introduce the general public to the myriad professions relating to the creation, research, discovery and presentation of heritage. The people behind International Museum Workers Day value the importance of soft power heritage diplomacy… Continue reading International Museum Workers Day 2019 and #MuseumEdChat

Philadelphia Museum Impressions: Science History Institute

October 17, 2019 Another museum I visited during the AASLH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia was the Science History Institute. On the last day of the Annual Meeting, I decided that this will be one of the museums I wanted to see before I left. According to the website, the Science History Institute collects and shares… Continue reading Philadelphia Museum Impressions: Science History Institute

Who Decides the “Best Practices” in Museums?

October 10, 2019 Museums and museum professionals work towards making their programs, exhibits, and events successful based on best practices set for them to follow. I thought about writing on this topic when I saw a discussion on Twitter revealing their thoughts on paternity of best practices. When I hear the words “best practices”, the… Continue reading Who Decides the “Best Practices” in Museums?