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The Museum in America captures the life stories of thirteen visionary museum leaders who helped transform the 19th century's collection of curios into today's institution of public service and education. In the lively style of Museum Masters, Alexander recounts the stories of pioneers in American history, science, art, and general museums. For anyone interested in the history of the museum, this volume is the place to start.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Introduction: Toward a Definition of the American Museum
Chapter 3 Henry Fairfield Osborn Develops a Model Natural History Museum
Chapter 4 Carl Ethan Akeley Perfects the Habitat Group Exhibition
Chapter 5 Henry Watson Kent Standardizes Functions of the Art Museum
Chapter 6 Alfred Hamilton Barr Jr. Brings Modern Art to the Museum
Chapter 7 Reuben Gold Thwaites Makes a Historical Society Reach the People of a State
Chapter 8 William Sumner Appelton Preserves Important Sites Throughout New England
Chapter 9 Frank Friedman Oppenheimer Uses Visitors as
Chapter of Museum Experiments
Chapter 10 Anna Billings Gallup Popularizes the First Children's Museum
Chapter 11 John Robert Kinard Expands the Neighborhood Museum
Chapter 12 Katherine Coffey Attracts the Community into a General Museum
Chapter 13 Charles Sprague Sargent Plants an Outstanding Botanical Garden
Chapter 14 William Temple Hornaday Founds a Varied and Popular Zoo
Chapter 15 Paul Joseph Sachs Teaches a Pioneering Course in Museum Studies
Chapter 16 Epilogue: The American Museum Progresses
Chapter 17 Index