Native American Voices: Come and Listen

The Penn Museum’s current exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now is a powerful celebration of contemporary indigenous cultures as living, breathing entities. Native American history as commonly recounted in the United States is a tale of woe and loss, framing Native groups as near extinct and struggling to survive. Post-contact Native history is […]

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Race: Are We So Different?

In 2007, The Science Museum of Minnesota and the American Anthropological Association created Race: Are We So Different in hopes of combining three major fields of study into an engaging and interactive exhibit. This exhibition focuses on the historical, cultural, and biological components that contribute to the construction of race. By talking about these three […]

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When Teaching Becomes Tricky

When I enter a museum – I can put on one of two hats. I can be the budding museum professional my graduate program is preparing me to be or I can suspend my disbelief and morph into a casual museum visitor. One allows me the freedom to examine exhibitions with a critical eye and […]

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Museums Helping Change Happen

Our brief in-class discussion of Federal anti-lynching laws motivated me to do a little more research to find out if any anti-lynching laws were ever passed.  What I found was disappointing.  Anti-lynching laws were introduced and passed several times by the House of Representatives in the 1920s, 30s, 40s.  However, the filibustering efforts of several […]

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