Postcards: Messages, Mediums and Materials

Last winter, I fielded a question from a colleague which spurred on some deep…


A History of XYZ in ### Objects

In April, Slate’s culture blog Brow Beat showed how the meme started by Neil…


Military Awards: Medals and Ribbons

Working with a military focused collection can be a daunting task. Awards can…


Food in Museums Survey

The Conservation Committee of the Society for the Preservation of Natural…


Houses in the Mail...Within These Walls at the Smithsonian

Working at a historic house museum presents its own set of challenges,…


I Remember When - Part 3 (Betty’s Shoebox)

Betty's Shoebox - or, How I Came to Nomenclature Image courtesy of the Computer…


Hidden Collections Rock!

Minnesota Historical Society The headline grabbed me instantly, "Tiny…


But it's a Urinal! Naming art objects that might not look like art

Naming artwork can be challenging and many of the questions I get from users of…


How the Frida Kahlo Exhibition Could Have Worked

If you aren’t aware of it, there is a Frida Kahlo show that made its American…


Developing Ethical Representations of Difficult Histories Part 3: Questions for Readers

Note: Julie Rose, director of the West Baton Rouge Museum and AASLH Vice Chair,…