Defining Memory Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities

ISBN-10: 0759110506

ISBN-13: 9780759110502

Edition: 2007

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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.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 3/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 8.75" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Frameworks
Why Local Museums Matter
Local History, "Old Things to Look At," and a Sculptor's Vision: Exploring Local Museums through Curriculum Theory
The Rebirth of a Nation
Public History, Private Memory: Notes from the Ethnography of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A
The House of the Seven Gables: A House Museum's Adaptation to Changing Societal Expectations since 1910
Louisiana's Old State Capitol Museum: Castle on the Mississippi
Nostalgia as Epistemology
The Small Town We Never Were: Old Cowtown Museum Faces an Urban Past
"The Dream Then and Now": Democratic Nostalgia and the Living Museum at Arthurdale, West Virginia
History Lessons: Selling the John Dillinger Museum
Museums at Risk: Changing Publics
The Politics of Prehistory: Conflict and Resolution at Dickson Mounds Museum
"Such is Our Heritage": Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museums
"A Repository for Bottled Monsters and Medical Curiosities": The Evolution of the Army Medical Museum
Challenging the Major Museum
Objects of Dis/Order: Articulating Curiosities and Engaging People at the Freakatorium
Cities, Museums, and City Museums
No Business Like Show Business
Business as Usual: Can Museums Be Bought?
Conclusion: Museums and the American Imagination
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Contributors
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