Redefining Normal: Ways Museums Discuss Eugenics and Disability

Eugenics, the idea that  “inferior” genetic traits can be eliminated by preventing certain people from having children, is a complicated topic to discuss.  One of the most recognizable and horrifying examples of eugenics is the “racial cleansing” performed by the Nazis before and during World War II.  All good WWII museums address the implications of Nazi […]

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Life with Deaf Eyes: A Gallaudet University Exhibition

Through what lens do you observe and contextualize history?  Every individual has and uses a different lens by which to understand and construct meaning.  Sometimes because of our personal biases, we forget that there is more than one lens.  However, an exhibit by Gallaudet University entitled History Through Deaf Eyes challenges audiences to examine history, education, […]

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Teaching children about disability

The Boston Children’s Museum’s vision statement “is to be a welcoming, imaginative, child–centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so that they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective well being and future prosperity.” [1] Given this, their […]

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When Racism Is Policy

“What is your ancestry?” Chances are, we’ve all heard this question from time to time. Often, we’ll respond to this line of inquiry with something similar to: “oh, I’m about three-quarters Scottish, one quarter Danish.” But have you ever stopped to consider just where the idea came from? At some point, someone came up with […]

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Learning more about Jim Crow

As an emerging museum professional, I am always glad when museums and arts organizations are able to continue the learning process after a program is complete.  I like being able to go to a film or an exhibit or a lecture and follow it up with a resource that leads me to more information on that […]

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