History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)

I never know what to expect when I walk into a museum. Who is the target audience, and will I be out of place? Is the topic too narrow or too wide, will I end up bored? The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA is the case in point: It sounds like it’s for kids,…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)

History · Other Stuff · Queer

Museum Mini-Visits (Charlotte and Durham, NC)

Heeeey sorry about that two-week absence there! Finishing up the summer semester and time just got away from me. If it helps, pretend I was on this trip I actually took at the end of June. I visited Duke University in North Carolina for a week to do some research in the Rubenstein Rare Book…… Continue reading Museum Mini-Visits (Charlotte and Durham, NC)

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)

Comics · History · Sci-Fi

Review: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

What an intriguing work of public history! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer is a 2015 graphic novel by Sydney Padua. It’s a kind of historical fiction about two mathematicians of the 1800s, but it carries on their lives into a steampunk pocket universe beyond the point…… Continue reading Review: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

Children's & Middle Grade · History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)

The Wren’s Nest is one of Atlanta’s historic attractions — the house of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories! I visited over Christmas break and was very impressed indeed. (Apologies for the bad Kindle pics, it’s dark in there!) Wren’s Nest promotional materials emphasize that while Uncle Remus can be a racist symbol in…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)

History · Nonfiction

Semester Review: Historiography Book List

I went back and forth on doing a semester review for last fall. Two of the classes (Museum Administration and History of American Architecture) would be difficult to sum up and not terribly helpful for anyone else. I have had people ask me for grad school book recommendations though, so I finally decided to just…… Continue reading Semester Review: Historiography Book List

History · Other Stuff

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

Review: A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History by Tim Grove

I love workplace memoirs. I also love online restaurant simulators, and other games that mimic occupations. What does this mean? I have no idea. It probably just means I’m weird. The point is, despite my love of workplace memoirs, I’d never read one about museum work until this one. Tim Grove has spent several decades…… Continue reading Review: A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History by Tim Grove

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