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Spying New Beginnings

delight + insight = a powerful, memorable experience One common thread between almost all of the museums that we have visited within the last two weeks is that things always need to be changing– whether that is for the betterment … Continue reading

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Introducing Time Travel!

If only historians had access to time machines…. it would make our work so much easier! Unfortunately, we don’t. Instead we have to help the visitor to feel like they have a better understanding of how people lived in the … Continue reading

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Chief Storyteller

We have talked with many museum professionals about ways that they incorporate storytelling into their institutions and a common thread has been that the stories always relate back to the content– through the exhibits, programming, visitor experience– but what about … Continue reading

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Unexhibitable? or just Difficult?

One of my favorite readings that has stuck with me throughout my graduate program was for the Introduction to Museum Education class: The Unexhibitable: A Conversation, by Gretchen Jennings and Maureen McConnell. It poses the question: What, if anything is … Continue reading

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Dirty Petticoats

Dirty Petticoats are often used in cinematic storytelling to show that a woman is outside of the usual realm of what she is supposed to be doing. In this case, however, it was a warning, use to place us “poor … Continue reading

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Recount, Remember, Refresh

One Museum, Many Stories (and Storytelling devices) Often, when you visit a museum, the mission is to tell the story of a group of people or a place in a cohesive narrative that allows the visitor to learn, understand and … Continue reading

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To Tell or Not to Tell… what’s the question?

One of the common themes between the National Zoo and the Hillwood Estate (who knew there would be common themes between a zoo and a historic mansion?) was about the decision to tell some stories, not to tell some stories, … Continue reading

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