This project is full and is no longer accepting applications
One of the most popular ways to learn history is by going to museums, which many in the public consider one of the most trustworthy sources of information about the past. But how do museums decide what pasts to feature and what stories to tell about them? What methods do they use to communicate historical knowledge? How is learning about the past at a museum different from others ways one can encounter history? This Winter Term Group project, jointly taught by History professor Renee Romano and Comparative American Studies professor Wendy Kozol, offers an opportunity for students to learn about how museums educate the public and construct narratives about the past. In class meetings, we will do readings together about the history of history museums, how their practices have evolved, and the different kinds of challenges they face in creating exhibits about the past. We will speak with museum professionals and will visit at least five institutions, including the Maltz Museum of Jewish History, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, the Dittrick Medical History Center, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, and the Oberlin Heritage Center.
This WT class is open to any student interested in Museum Studies, historical memory, public history, visual analysis, or exhibit design regardless of major or year.
There is no student fee for this project.
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January 6th - January 28th, 2020