Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites (Interpreting History)

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780759122789: Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites (Interpreting History)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this landmark guide, nearly two dozen essays by scholars, educators, and museum leaders suggest the next steps in the interpretation of African American history and culture from the colonial period to the twentieth century at history museums and historic sites. This diverse anthology addresses both historical research and interpretive methodologies, including investigating church and legal records, using social media, navigating sensitive or difficult topics, preserving historic places, engaging students and communities, and strengthening connections between local and national history.

Case studies of exhibitions, tours, and school programs from around the country provide practical inspiration, including photographs of projects and examples of exhibit label text.

Highlights include:

  • Amanda Seymour discusses the prevalence of "false nostalgia" at the homes of the first five presidents and offers practical solutions to create a more inclusive, nuanced history.
  • Dr. Bernard Powers reveals that African American church records are a rich but often overlooked source for developing a more complete portrayal of individuals and communities.
  • Dr. David Young, executive director of Cliveden, uses his experience in reinterpreting this National Historic Landmark to identify four ways that people respond to a history that has been too often untold, ignored, or appropriated—and how museums and historic sites can constructively respond.
  • Dr. Matthew Pinsker explains that historic sites may be missing a huge opportunity in telling the story of freedom and emancipation by focusing on the underground railroad rather than its much bigger "upper-ground" counterpart.
  • Martha Katz-Hyman tackles the challenges of interpreting the material culture of both enslaved and free African Americans in the years before the Civil War by discussing the furnishing of period rooms.
  • Dr. Benjamin Filene describes three "micro-public history" projects that lead to new ways of understanding the past, handling source limitations, building partnerships, and reaching audiences.
  • Andrea Jones shares her approach for engaging students through historical simulations based on the "Fight for Your Rights" school program at the Atlanta History Center.
  • A exhibit on African American Vietnam War veterans at the Heinz History Center not only linked local and international events, but became an award-winning model of civic engagement.
  • A collaboration between a university and museum that began as a local history project interpreting the Scottsboro Boys Trial as a website and brochure ended up changing Alabama law.

A list of national organizations and an extensive bibliography on the interpretation of African American history provide convenient gateways to additional resources.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Max A. van Balgooy is president of Engaging Places LLC, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places. He works with a wide range of historic sites on interpretive planning and business strategy, from Drayton Hall to Taliesin West. These experiences provide a rich source of ideas for EngagingPlaces.net, where he blogs regularly about the opportunities and challenges facing historic sites and house museums. He serves on the AASLH Council and teaches in the museum studies program at George Washington University, and received his degrees in history from Pomona College and the University of Delaware (Hagley Fellow).

Review:

Interpreting African-American history at historic sites is an essential but often complicated task. This timely and important volume seeks to improve and suggest successful plans for historical interpretation, and contains nearly two dozen essays spanning from the colonial period to the 21st century. It embraces a myriad of research methods and strategies for interpretation, including the use of social media, archival and documentary research, outreach programmes as well as instructing interpreters how to manage conflict and difficult questions. . . .This volume offers a rich and interesting insight into the world of public history. . . .[and] provides an engaging and fascinating account of how African-American history is interpreted today. Historical interpreters have an opportunity to explore, ask questions, dig deeper and engage an audience whilst navigating the tensions of American history. This volume celebrates contributions and successes, but we need to recognise that many historic sites have much to improve when confronting the legacy of slavery. (History In Review)

Museums and historic sites wishing to devise, or revise., their interpretive programs to better synthesize African American history will find several of the practical case studies in this volume quite useful. Those teaching public history in universities, particularly museum interpretation, historic site interpretation, and museum education courses, may also find it beneficial to assign this book as a way to help students understand current issues in the field. Few worthwhile historic sites and museums can fail to acknowledge the importance of expanding their programs to include the histories of diverse communities. Now, as van Balgooy and the essay authors clearly demonstrate, the challenge is to embed these histories within the sites themselves. (The American Historian)

What a gift it will be when museums and historic sites can help our publics understand that they are shaped, touched, and made better by African American history, all day, every day. The essays in this volume give me hope that that day is not too far distant. (Lonnie G. Bunch, Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Nearly two dozen essays by scholars, educators, and museum leaders suggest the next steps in the interpretation of African American history and culture from the colonial period to the 20th century at history museums and historic sites. This diverse anthology addresses both historical research and interpretive methodologies, including investigating church and legal records, using social media, navigating sensitive or difficult topics, preserving historic places, engaging students and communities, and strengthening connections between local and national history. Case studies of exhibitions, tours, and school programs from around the country provide practical inspiration, including photographs of projects and examples of exhibit label text. A list of national organizations and an extensive bibliography on the interpretation of African American history provide convenient gateways to additional resources.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 92.00
US$ 74.91

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 4.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780759122796: Interpreting African American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites (Interpreting History)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0759122792 ISBN 13:  9780759122796
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Van Balgooy, Max
Published by Rowman & Littlefield (2016)
ISBN 10: 0759122784 ISBN 13: 9780759122789
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780759122789_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 74.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publisher (2014)
ISBN 10: 0759122784 ISBN 13: 9780759122789
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110759122784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 80.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

VAN BALGOOY/BUNCH
Published by RL (2018)
ISBN 10: 0759122784 ISBN 13: 9780759122789
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description RL, 2018. Hardback. Condition: NEW. 9780759122789 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Print on Demand title, produced to the highest standard, and there would be a delay in dispatch of around 10 working days. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE01267186

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 85.44
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.21
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Van Balgooy, Max
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc (2014)
ISBN 10: 0759122784 ISBN 13: 9780759122789
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 216 pages. 10.50x7.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0759122784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 118.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.57
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2014)
ISBN 10: 0759122784 ISBN 13: 9780759122789
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0759122784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 146.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds