Fingerprints and Votives

I just read a brilliant post by “Museum Anarchist” Frank Vagnone on his blog,…


A Word (or Two) about Relevance

Relevance is a word that has become common at historic house museums. To be…


Beyond Comment Cards

During the past year or so, I assisted the Bullock Texas State History Museum…


Then Now Wow Observation

Working on a team of evaluators to observe a child as he or she explores an…


Big Questions

I work in the education department of a state history museum. This means that…


Growing History: Children and Gardens

Cooking and eating meals can be a deeply personal experience.  Families and…


Connecting to Educators - Back to Basics: Audience Input

Recently I was asked to lead a webinar on connecting with educators for Ohio…


Engaging the Public: Seven Rules

Steven Lubar, Director of Brown University's Public Humanities Program has…


Where are All the School Groups Part 2 -- Teachers

As mentioned in the last installment of this View from the Porch, teachers are…


Reflections on the Small Museums Committee: A Conversation with Carol Harsh

We’re looking back in time – March 31, 2004, to be exact – to when the Small…