History · Nonfiction

Review: Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan and William Trollinger

As we discussed at length last month, I watched the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye/creationism vs. science debate of 2014 with great interest, and I’m still very interested in the subject. I also have a degree in public history and museum studies. I have no intention of visiting the Creation Museum, but I’ve been very…… Continue reading Review: Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan and William Trollinger

History · Nonfiction · Queer

A Queer Public History Reading List

I’ve spent the past two years studying public history, and making it as queer as I possibly can. (Evidence: the capstone project I just shared.) I’ve done as much extra reading as I could cram in, but only found a handful of sources related to queer public history and queer museum practices, so I’ve compiled…… Continue reading A Queer Public History Reading List

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)

I don’t always post about art museum visits, because I generally find art exhibits very subjective and also because photography is often prohibited and that’s how I note all the things I might want to talk about without interrupting my flow. However, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has a really interesting approach I’d like to discuss. I visited…… Continue reading Museum Visit: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)

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Report from the Alabama Museums Association Annual Meeting

Yesterday I attended the Alabama Museums Association Annual Meeting, my first industry conference! (I only went for the sessions during the day Monday, but the festivities extended before and after that). It wasn’t a large group in the first place, but I was one of only a few students, and I think the only one not…… Continue reading Report from the Alabama Museums Association Annual Meeting

History · Nonfiction

How to Choose a Research Topic

I started off wanting to do ancient Greece, and now I’m studying 1700s literature. Weird, right? Hopefully the steps I took to get there will be useful for any of you who want to know how to choose a research field, what to do with a history degree, or even just how to choose a…… Continue reading How to Choose a Research Topic

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Museum Visit: Lethal Beauty at the BMA

“Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” is a temporary exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. You guessed it — it’s samurai weapons and armor! That stuff is also combined with some Japanese art. The exhibit will be on display at the BMA until September 21, but if you can’t make it, take your own…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Lethal Beauty at the BMA

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Museum Visit: Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama

Okay, this one’s kind of cheating. I volunteer here several times a month, so it’s not like I’m going in as a newbie. However, it’s a pretty cool place and it’s worth a visit if you’re interested in the area or any of the topics it covers. The museum focuses on 19th century iron making…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama

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Museum Visit: Disability Rights and Resources

Woohoo, new series! As a future museum studies/public history student and professional, I figured it behooved me to go out and spend some time soaking up some museums. I’m already studying and volunteering, but I’m interested in seeing the different exhibits both for my own enjoyment/education and to see how they’re being done. I’m hoping to do…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Disability Rights and Resources