February 3 agenda

Next Wednesday

  • Please arrive at the DILLARDS in Four Seasons shopping center (at the entrance opposite Bone Fish Grill) about 8:45 am, so that we can get rides sorted and leave by 9:00am. Directions are here. I’ll send out my phone number by email. If you are going to be late, please let me know. Our first stop will be at the Durham Museum of History at 10:00. Directions are here. We have a reservation for Dame’s at 11:30, and we’d like the hit Duke Homestead for the 1:15 tour and Stagville for the 3:00 tour.
  • As you already know, Michele Alexander will be speaking at the Carolina Theater Wednesday night at 7:00. We will be back in time for that. If you are interested in going, you need to get your name on the list, here. (h/t Sonya)

Other items

  • I have set up Google Shared Documents for each of your planning groups. On these pages you will start creating an outline of planning needs based on the “Nuts and Bolts” chapter from last week. I have emailed the links to you.
  • In addition to the nuts and bolts planning, you need to root your creative/interpretive/educational ideas in the professional literature. Remember, the work you do isn’t just one-off creative brilliance that magically produces awesome results. What you do is part of a larger scholarship on museum studies that can support good ideas, offer data and statistics that support an interpretive method, or otherwise articulate the primary contemporary drivers of what approaches we take, and what works. In the end, the plans you develop will be in conversation with this other literature. In this way, what you are doing here isn’t any different from the historiographical conversations you are having in 701 and 702.
  • For instance, the Journal of Museum Education published an article in 2014 titled “Creating Learning Experiences through Interactive Devices,” that will be of great use to the interactive team, and that team will want to refer to it when justifying why their particular plan is going to work. As always, you should be aggressive in pursuing this literature on your own and incorporating it into your projects here and in your future careers.
  • So, as you search this literature, I’m going to want to include the creation of bibliographies for the planning documents.
  • In that same vein, your blog posts so far have been great. You have a good habit of connecting our work to what you are reading and turning it around to ask larger questions posed by the piece you linked to. Right now, the bulk of you source material has been from articles, blog posts, and other things that tend to cross a news feed. That’s great… those are the sites of the most current news and conversations. However, I want to push you further into the professional literature—the type of stuff that tends to be behind paywalls, accessible to members or through library catalogs, and otherwise slower in production time. That means you should start looking at the journals, newsletters, and conference announcements for the American Alliance of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, the Museum Education Roundtable, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and so forth, and bringing that information to our blog and our work.


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