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

Amy K. Levin
Nettressurs Engelsk 2007 · Electronic books.

Annen tittel
Lanham : : AltaMira Press, , 2007.
1 online resource (299 p.)
Description based upon print version of record. . - DEFINING MEMORY; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword; PART I: Frameworks; 1 Why Local Museums Matter; 2 Local History, ""Old Things to Look At,"" and a Sculptor's Vision: Exploring Local Museums through Curriculum Theory; PART II: The Rebirth of a Nation; 3 Public History, Private Memory: Notes from the Ethnography of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A; 4 The House of the Seven Gables: A House Museum's Adaptation to Changing Societal Expectations since 1910; 5 Louisiana's Old State Capitol Museum: Castle on the Mississippi; PART III: Nostalgia as Epistemology . - 12 Objects of Dis/Order: Articulating Curiosities and Engaging People at the Freakatorium13 Cities, Museums, and City Museums; PART VI: No Business Like Show Business; 14 Business as Usual: Can Museums Be Bought?; 15 Conclusion: Museums and the American Imagination; Selected Bibliography; Index; About the Contributors . - 6 The Small Town We Never Were: Old Cowtown Museum Faces an Urban Past7 ""The Dream Then and Now"": Democratic Nostalgia and the Living Museum at Arthurdale, West Virginia; 8 History Lessons: Selling the John Dillinger Museum; PART IV Museums at Risk: Changing Publics; 9 The Politics of Prehistory: Conflict and Resolution at Dickson Mounds Museum; 10 ""Such is Our Heritage"": Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museums; 11 ""A Repository for Bottled Monsters and Medical Curiosities"": The Evolution of the Army Medical Museum; PART V: Challenging the Major Museum . - 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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