Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities (American Association for State and Local History)
Defining Memory uses case studies of exhibits from around the country to examine how local museums, defined as museums whose collections are local in scope or whose audiences are primarily local, have both shaped and been shaped by evolving community values and sense of history. Levin and her contributors argue that these small institutions play a key role in defining America's self-identity and should be studied as seriously as more national institutions like the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
defended the founders’ reliance on slavery by saying that it was a necessary evil—necessary, that is, to the creation of a greater good, the country that became the United States of America. Significantly, the older man responded to the slaves’ misery in terms of his own remembered experience of childhood during the Great Depression: When I was a kid growing up, I knew nothing but depressions . . . so I can relate to her [the slave] in many ways. . . . In the fall, she said she did certain
by the American Association of Museums and yet both tell us something about the environment they inhabit. Even the most highly trained museum professionals can profit from a consideration of what exists as well as what might be ideal. The essays in this book offer insights to readers thinking about how to design or reconstruct a local museum or whether to donate objects or funds to one. The book also has value for museum consumers who wish to strengthen FOREWORD 5 their critical faculties for
along with other donations from DUP members paid for a carriage house named in Van Dyke’s honor, which was dedicated on October 6, 1973.21 New buildings for the central committee in 1950 and 1973 did not change the DUP’s mission for its relic halls. Now the governing organization had room to display all its artifacts, just as smaller museums throughout Utah had always done. But the central committee needed more money, so the DUP asked businesses, local camps and companies, as well as individual
Surgical History scheduled to appear, but other research, especially in anthropology, was undertaken at the museum. Not only did Billings’s systematic collecting practices develop the museum’s comparative and human anatomy collections along with its anthropological ones, but these practices also demonstrate how Billings moved the museum into a more historical direction by collecting and exhibiting the material culture of medicine. Under Billings, the museum’s collection policy was informed by
misconceptions of the museum’s role in collecting either human or animal monstrosities or examples of abnormal development, he repeatedly rejected dead or improperly prepared specimens. In reply to an offer of a stuffed two-headed calf, Billings wrote, “It is the internal structure of such a monstrosity which makes it of interest to this institution; the stuffed specimen is of no special value, unless it is for a Dime Museum.”31 Such specimens with little scientific interest were collected by