An unsatisfied visitor to the North Carolina Museum of History

When I wrote the other day that, “we’re approaching a time when increasing numbers of our audience are skeptical of the narrow interpretive mission we presently offer,” this is exactly what I was talking about. Geraldine, author of the Everywhereist blog, visited the North Carolina Museum of History’s The Story of North Carolina exhibit, and … More An unsatisfied visitor to the North Carolina Museum of History

Mike Cooley, historian of the conservative movement

So Mike Cooley is a songwriter in my favorite band, the Drive-By Truckers. He’s a rock God. His rhymes are often clunky, but they can be subtly profound as he finds meaning in teenaged male angst, troubled love and loss, and lower-class southern grittiness. In two of his more recent songs, he’s covered topics of … More Mike Cooley, historian of the conservative movement

A note on this blog

I want to reiterate something about my blogging. What I write here is my way of working through my thoughts on various topics and is never meant to be an authoritative statement on anything. If you start back last summer and read forward, you might see some development in how I think about museums and … More A note on this blog

The National Civil War Museum’s tight spot

This started as a comment for Kevin Levin’s post on the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but it got long so I turned it into a post here. Go to Kevin’s post, Al Mackey’s post, and this PennLive article to review the current controversy over the NCWM, the National Rifle Association, and the … More The National Civil War Museum’s tight spot

Atlanta History Center on Confederate monuments

The Atlanta History Center has released a guide to “Confederate Monument Interpretation,” including a Confederate Monument Interpretation Template, a Guide for Placing Monuments in Context, and a page for Research: Books and Latest News. This is a great resource for anyone in the public who wishes to research the history of a monument, consult with … More Atlanta History Center on Confederate monuments