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Yes, but what does it all MEAN?

This past fall I taught an undergraduate course on American material culture. It was my first go at this type of course. I’ve taught “traditional” history courses covering everything from medieval & early modern Europe to American women’s history (my

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3D Scanning in Museums: A Q&A with the Smithsonian’s “Laser Cowboys”

In the nineteenth century, cast collections—plaster copies of famous statues and architectural monuments primarily from antiquity and the Renaissance—enabled working people to study and enjoy works of art that previously had only been available to the wealthy elite who could

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On Using Museum Methods in the Classroom: A Case Study With VTS

As a teacher and museum educator, one of my most difficult tasks is helping students move from a mode of passive knowledge consumption to one of critical engagement with information. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method traditionally used in

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Reaching Your Chosen Audience

Thinking about the audience for your digital history project is an important step in any digital history project. Few of us, especially in the nonprofit world, have the luxury of creating these types of online projects without a defined purpose:

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New Jersey Council for the Humanities Summer Seminars

From NJCH: Are you a New Jersey educator, or do you know someone who is? NJCH has announced the 2012 summer schedule for the Teacher Institute, courses offering 45 hours of professional development credit. The weeklong seminars are residential on

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Gilder Lehrman Institute Offers 9/11 Summer Seminars for Teachers

From The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: This joint Gilder Lehrman/National September 11 Memorial & Museum seminar for teachers will investigate the historical causes and background, the immediate impact, and the developing legacies of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Is Antiquarianism Unnecessary?

I decided in high school that I wanted to study history and use it in the museum field. This was at a time when there were few museum studies programs around and, at least in my small high school in

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Pubcomm 2011 – Building Public History Collaboration

Nearly 60 public history students, professionals, and faculty attended an inaugural Public History Community Forum organized to build community and collaboration in the Philadelphia region.  Initiated by MARCH and cosponsored by the Temple University Center for Public History, the event

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Making Digital Public History Useful

With a seemingly limitless list of interesting digital public history projects and innovative tools to talk about, I decided to start with a much more basic topic: audience. After all, what’s the point of a cutting-edge web site if no one uses it?

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Based at MARCH, with numerous community partners, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia and print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Apr
24
Thu
9:00 am Conference: Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Conference: Oral History in the … @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm
OHMAR announces a conference, “How do we choose? The stories we collect, the ones we don’t,” to be held on April 24 and 25, 2014, at the [...]
11:45 am Winterthur Ceramics Conference @ Winterthur Museum
Winterthur Ceramics Conference @ Winterthur Museum
Apr 24 @ 11:45 am – Apr 25 @ 12:45 pm
From H-Pennsylvania: This year’s conference considers how past owners interacted with their ceramics, whether they were acquiring fashionable new dinnerware or figures during the 1700s [...]
Apr
25
Fri
all-day New Jersey Association of Museums Annual Meeting @ New Jersey State Museum
New Jersey Association of Museum… @ New Jersey State Museum
Apr 25 all-day
The 40th Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Association of Museums will be held April 25, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New [...]
11:30 am A Hands-on Approach. The Do-It-Yourself Culture and Economy in the 20th Century @ German Historical Institute
A Hands-on Approach. The Do-It-Y… @ German Historical Institute
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – Apr 26 @ 12:30 pm
A Hands-on Approach. The Do-It-Yourself Culture and Economy in the 20th Century Workshop at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC April 25-26, 2014 Convener: Reinhild Kreis [...]
May
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Thu
all-day CFP: Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History @ Deadline:
CFP: Green Capitalism? Exploring… @ Deadline:
May 1 all-day
The Hagely Museum and Library of Wilmington, Delaware has issued its call for its conference, Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History to be held [...]

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