Tag Archives: interpretation

Promoting ALHFAM “in the Field”

I realize the title of this blog could confuse. It is quite logical, given our organization’s mission, that I might literally be referring to promoting ALHFAM in a field. However, in this case I’m speaking of the larger “museum field” … Continue reading

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Beginner’s Mind, Drinking It In

ALHFAM meetings are not just about old buildings, battle sites, “who did what to whom”, townball, plowing contests, and stuffing information into our heads and notebooks.

ALHFAM is about understanding one another. Continue reading

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Canned Programming for Museums: Healthy?

I recently read an article on the benefits of collections-based research. The author stated the following: “A canned program* performs a social function. It brings together members and visitors for an enjoyable experience, adds to attendance figures, and may promote … Continue reading

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Caps and Boats and Lead Coffins: The ALHFAM Mid-Atlantic Region Conference in Review (and Photos!)

“I knew by mid-morning on Friday (in the deluge) that this was going to be the Mid-Atlantic ALHFAM conference that all others will be measured against for the next ten years. Because everyone who attended is going to be talking … Continue reading

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Is there “ . . . awkwardness in the pretense of the pretend . . . ?”

“How many of us have cringed, if ever so slightly, when we encountered a costumed, overzealous re-enactor performing a historic narrative . . .” –The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums. Two weeks ago I shared some impressions on the … Continue reading

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Romanticizing the Past?

Last week I blogged about my ALHFAM plow match experience and how it allowed me to experience an “artifact” in a new and thought-provoking way. I believe these experiences help museum professionals interpret the past. The knowledge we gain when … Continue reading

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Interpretation: The International Bibliographic Database of Living History

Recent discussion on ALHFAM-L (ALHFAM’s email discussion list) about living history bibliographies led to one of our members from the Netherlands sharing this: Interpretation: The International Bibliographic Database of Living History. Even though the database is supported by ALHFAM and … Continue reading

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