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Contemporary History: Ratings to Rebellion

Contemporary History is a particularly compelling focus for museums. Almost by definition, it allows for a wider sharing of audience members’ own stories and more obvious connections to current events. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s is still a … Continue reading

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Pass the Authority, Please!

Authority is a loaded word.  It implies a relationship structured on power.  For many, the museum is an authority on history for little reason other than, well, it’s a museum.  So, before even walking in, a power-based relationship exists between … Continue reading

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Sharing is Caring, it IS fun!

Why are most museum professionals so controlling? Perhaps it is because we fear that if we give some of this control to the public then they will no longer have a need for museums, or perhaps we fear that shared … Continue reading

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Don’t be evil!

How can museums keep the public’s trust?  Because of their positions of power as cultural institutions, they must do more than obeying the law.  They should serve the public interest and be ethical stewards for their collections.  This means not … Continue reading

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Should You Preach What They Want To Hear?

The museum community often discusses a variety of ways to bring new and diverse audiences into museums. Many advertise exciting programs and exhibitions through innovative outreach. If audience is lack luster, museums are encouraged to do audience research to identify the … Continue reading

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