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Messages in Philadelphia’s Catto Memorials

When the School District of Philadelphia memorialized a 19th century civil rights leader by naming a disciplinary school after him, the organization sent a message about the value of black students.

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‘See You in the Streets’–Art and Public History Q&A with Artist and Author Ruth Sergel

Q&A with author, artist, and agitator Ruth Sergel about her arts, humanities, public history, and social activism practice, writing ‘See You in the Streets,’ and more.

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From Exhibit To Experience: Designing ‘A Time For Change’ Heritage Tour

Last year I was lucky to be able to attend the opening of the ‘A Time For Change’ exhibit at the Atlantic City branch of the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. The exhibit, which garnered much media attention,

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Whither Washingtonia? Design Plans for Renovated MLK Library Leave Questions

By Matthew B. Gilmore As I reported in August, 2016, the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. is slated to closed March 4, 2017, for at least three years, with reopening planned for some time in 2020. A final

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Tapping into the History of Alcohol in the Old Dominion

Virginia has a long list of historic connections to alcohol. Jamestown had the first brewery in the American colonies, the first cookbook published in the American Colonies, The Compleat Housewife; or, Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion, was reprinted in Williamsburg, Virginia, by William Parks. This book contained recipes for food, medicine, and alcohol. Because of all of these great connections to Virginia and the history of alcohol, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) decided to create a program called History on Tap, where we take an alcohol recipe from our collection and partner with a brewery, cidery, or meadery to reproduce the beverage.

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How Young Professionals Can Get Involved in the Museum World

As the millennial generation has grown up and entered the job force, museums have faced a new challenge: coming up with new methods and ideas to get a new generation of visitors through its doors and successfully implementing them. Not only to introduce their establishments to this new generation, but to ensure that in years to come the millennials will be the new generation of donors and supporters many museums rely on.

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Still Struggling, Still Preserving: Update on the District of Columbia’s Archives and Public Records Office

By Matthew B. Gilmore

The Office of Public Records (OPR) is a division under the District of Columbia’s Office of the Secretary. OPR currently operates an Archives and Records Center facility at Naylor Court. This facility is supplemented by other city and Federal facilities to store public records. The Naylor Court facility has reached its storage capacity and its physical and mechanical deficiencies make it inadequate for the long-term preservation of the city’s archival records.

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