Defining Memory uses case studies of exhibits from around the country to examine how local museums, defined as museums whose collections are local in scope or whose audiences are primarily local, have both shaped and been shaped by evolving community values and sense of history. Levin and her contributors argue that these small institutions play a key role in defining America's self-identity and should be studied as seriously as more national institutions like the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|Series:||American Association for State and Local History Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.88(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Foreword Part 3 I. Frameworks Chapter 4 1. Why Local Museums Matter Chapter 5 2. Local History, "Old Things to Look At," and a Sculptor's Vision: Exploring Local Museums through Curriculum Theory Part 6 II. The Rebirth of a Nation Chapter 7 3. Public History, Private Memory: Notes from the Ethnography of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA Chapter 8 4. The House of Seven Gables: A House Museum's Adaptation to Changing Societal Expectations since 1910 Chapter 9 5. Louisiana's Old State Capitol Museum: Castle on the Mississippi Part 10 III. Nostalgia as Epistemology Chapter 11 6. The Small Town We Never Were: Old Cowtown Museum Faces an Urban Past Chapter 12 7. Democratic Nostalgia: Arthurdale, West Virginia, as a 'Living Museum' Chapter 13 8. History Lessons: Selling the John Dillinger Museum Part 14 IV. Museums at Risk Chapter 15 9. Dickson Mounds Museum: Conflict and Resolution Chapter 16 10. 'Such is Our Heritage:' Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museums Chapter 17 11. Curating America's Army Medical Museum Part 18 V. Challenging the Major Museum Chapter 19 12. Objects of Dis/order: Articulating Curiosities and Engaging People at the Freakatorium Chapter 20 13. Cities, Museums, and City Museums Part 21 VI. No Business Like Show Business Chapter 22 14. Business as Usual: Can Museums be Bought? Chapter 23 15. Conclusion: Museums and the American Imagination Chapter 24 Selected Bibliography
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