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Doing Public History, Thoughts from the Museum Trenches

Doing Public History, Thoughts from the Museum Trenches

Doing Public History, Thoughts from the Museum Trenches

Stacey Fraser-deHaan, Co-Director of the Ipswich Museum (Ipswich, MA)

 How is history in the museum different from history in the academy?  Well, how much time have you got?  Let’s start with some of the more superficial differences.  For one, most museum professionals don’t live by the same interpretation of the “publish or perish” rule so prevalent in academic culture.  A good number of curators do publish articles and monographs on research topics relevant to their institution and/or location.  However, it’s often museum professionals who are organizing and preserving resources for scholars to pore over, so I suppose we contribute to publications in that way. Read More.

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