Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life

Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life

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by Tammy S. Gordon, Harold Skramstad
     
 

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ISBN-10: 075911935X

ISBN-13: 9780759119352

Pub. Date: 01/16/2010

Publisher: AltaMira Press

In small community museums, truck stops, restaurants, bars, barbershops, schools, and churches, people create displays to tell the histories that matter to them. Much of this history is personal: family history, community history, history of a trade, or the history of something considered less than genteel. It is often history based on the historical record, but

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In small community museums, truck stops, restaurants, bars, barbershops, schools, and churches, people create displays to tell the histories that matter to them. Much of this history is personal: family history, community history, history of a trade, or the history of something considered less than genteel. It is often history based on the historical record, but also based on feelings, beliefs, and memory. It is neglected history. Private History in Public is about those history exhibits that complicate the public/private dichotomy, exhibits that serve to explain communities, families, and individuals to outsiders and tie insiders together through a shared narrative of historical experience. Tammy S. Gordon looks beyond the large professionalized museum exhibits that have dominated scholarship in museum studies and public history and offers a new way of understanding the broad spectrum of exhibition types in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759119352
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/16/2010
Series:
American Association for State and Local History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Historical Display, Commerce, and Community
Toward a New Typology of Historical Exhibition in the United States
Community Exhibition: History, Identity, and Dialogue
Entrepreneurial Exhibition: Historical Display and the Small Business Tradition
Vernacular Exhibition and the Business of History
Local History, Global Economy: The Functions of History Exhibits in the Settings of Daily Life

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Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many of us do not realize how much we value the past. Dr. Gordon travels to various types of museums and little known roadside exhibits to reveal how artifacts, personalities and community desire contribute to how the past is communicated to the public. Our attraction goes beyond the academic study, but a longing to belong to or hear a piece of an historical story.