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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?

Interpretation: The Importance of Storytelling in Museum Programs

October 3, 2019 I recently started to have discussions about interpretation and storytelling for current projects I am working on, and they have inspired me to reflect on interpretation in museums and historic sites. Since officially beginning my career in the museum field in 2012, I learned about the importance of translating historical narrative for… Continue reading Interpretation: The Importance of Storytelling in Museum Programs

Philadelphia Museum Impressions: Museum of the American Revolution

September 26, 2019 I wrote last time about my museum impressions on Independence Hall when I was down in Philadelphia for the AASLH Annual Meeting. Another place I visited during the first day of the conference was the Museum of the American Revolution. Since I was participating in a networking event later in the day,… Continue reading Philadelphia Museum Impressions: Museum of the American Revolution

Digital Resource Examination: The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook

September 19, 2019 Resources for public historians and museum professionals are numerous, and as both fields are talking about and taking action to being more inclusive there is a demand for resources to help museums, historic sites, and its staff become more inclusive. There are books, professional development sessions, webinars, articles, et. cetera professionals develop… Continue reading Digital Resource Examination: The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook