Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums [NOOK Book]

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In 1979, Edward P. Alexander's Museums in Motion was hailed as a much-needed addition to the museum literature. In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examination of the function of museums and museum workers in modern society, it served as an essential resource for those seeking to enter to the museum profession and for established professionals looking for an expanded understanding of their own discipline. Now, Mary Alexander has produced a newly revised edition of the ...
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Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums

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Overview

In 1979, Edward P. Alexander's Museums in Motion was hailed as a much-needed addition to the museum literature. In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examination of the function of museums and museum workers in modern society, it served as an essential resource for those seeking to enter to the museum profession and for established professionals looking for an expanded understanding of their own discipline. Now, Mary Alexander has produced a newly revised edition of the classic text, bringing it the twenty-first century with coverage of emerging trends, resources, and challenges. New material also includes a discussion of the children's museum as a distinct type of institution and an exploration of the role computers play in both outreach and traditional in-person visits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759113558
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2007
  • Series: American Association for State and Local History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 674,862
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward Alexander seems to have done it all in terms of history museums. In the 1930s and 40s he led the New York and Wisconsin state historical societies. He brought to Colonial Williamsburg a commitment to intellectual rigor in public interpretation relying on his academic background in U.S. history. He served as president of both AASLH and AAM. After departing Colonial Williamsburg, he established a new museum studies program at the University of Delaware, where he taught until his retirement. Mary Alexander has been an active museum educator in Washington, DC since 1970. She has worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Museum Education Roundtable, George Washington Bicentennial Center (Alexandria, VA), National Archives, Mount Vernon, AASLH's Common Agenda for History Museums, Hillwood Museum and Montgomery County Historical Society. Today, she administers grants for the Maryland Historical Trust, helping historical and cultural museums across Maryland address their professional needs.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is a Museum?
Part 2 Part I: History
Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Art Museum
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Natural History and Anthropology Museums
Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Science and Technology Museums and Centers
Chapter 6 Chapter 5: The History Museum
Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Botanical Gardens and Zoos
Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Children's Museums
Part 9 Part II: Functions
Chapter 10 Chapter 8: To Collect
Chapter 11 Chapter 9: To Conserve
Chapter 12 Chapter 10: To Exhibit
Chapter 13 Chapter 11: To Interpret
Chapter 14 Chapter 12: To Serve
Chapter 15 Chapter 13: The Museum Profession
Chapter 16 Readings
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