Throughout this semester we have covered a large array of topics. In all of our discussions we continually returned to the same conclusion; discussion is necessary to finding solutions to the issues discussed in class. This past week we covered two topics, disability history and the heroin issues both in our country and internationally. Both […]Read more "Reflection: Start a Conversation"
In our last class we talked about issues in the LGBTQ community. One issue the LGBTQ community faces is adolescents that are getting bullied because of their sexual identity and considering or attempting suicide. The following are two programs that provide support and resources for adolescents that feel like they are alone in dealing with issues […]Read more "Museum Advocacy: LGBTQ Community Projects"
Revealing Queer, a landmark exhibition produced by Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and curated by Queering the Museum, explored the last 40 years of LGBTQ history in the Puget Sound region. The exhibition, which opened in February 2014 and ended in July of the same year, was the brainchild of Queering the Museum […]Read more "Revealing Queer: A Model for Inclusion in Museums"
In class we talked about ways in which museums can connect the past with the present in discussing issues like immigration and racism. We talked about how the National Park Service is trying to identify Hispanic sites and how museum professionals may be able to interpret these sites to connect it with issues like immigration […]Read more "The Challenge: Connecting the Past with Present Social Justice Issues"
For most Americans the images of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Angel Island have become iconic depictions of brave immigration stories. These images tell a tale of people dreaming of starting over in a better place than they left, but in reality often finding an incredible struggle for acceptance, and at times facing […]Read more "Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom"
Knowledge and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders continues be on the rise. The United States measures the incidence at 1 in 68 children now, up from 1 in 150 in 2000 . Museums are beginning to do their part by creating programming specifically designed to suit the needs of children, and families of children with […]Read more "Autism in the Museum: A Case Study of the BEST Program at the Museum of Science-Boston"
On our recent field trip, I tried to be especially conscious of the museums we visited as they relate to each other and New York City. From the visitor perspective it feels advantageous to live in a city with many cultural institutions allowing you to see many different stories presented and even the possibility of […]Read more "Two Sides of the Same Coin"
“‘I like this museum. It’s good to feel you’re part of something. A lot of times I go into different museums and enjoy the items on display but there’s an empty feeling. This place gives you a chance to feel history.’”  This quote from From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of […]Read more "Space and Place"
Between reading A Raisin in the Sun, watching the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, and the discussion with visiting lecturer Dr. Clement A. Price, I was introduced to a question that I had never really thought about before. Are suburbs something that is distinctly white, or associated with white culture? I know that the community where I […]Read more "Are Suburbs and Museums White Spaces?"
Last Thursday was a big day. Here at the graduate program, we welcomed interviewees from across the country as they got a first-hand look at what we do in Cooperstown. It was also a big day for the Friends of the National Latino Museum. As of last Thursday, they had 100,000 followers on Twitter.  Maria […]Read more "Building an American Latino Museum"