Rethinking interpretive methods at Civil War museums and sites

[This is an enhanced version of my comments at the NCMC working group.] At the National Council on Public History conference that I just returned from, one of my students attended a working group on how museums might talk about racialized mass violence in the past and in the present. Her breakout group pondered the … More Rethinking interpretive methods at Civil War museums and sites

Keep on pushing

The other day when I chose to express my ambivalence about a variety of things by randomly mentioning intersectionality, I felt it was flip in the moment, but did it anyway. That was a mistake. It’s a terrible paragraph is many respects and I regret writing it. Got called out on Twitter for standing on … More Keep on pushing

Working group on Civil War sites and museums after Charleston

I co-facilitated a working group at the North Carolina Museums Council on Civil War Museums and Sites After Charleston. Here is the program blurb: As the American Civil War Sesquicentennial finished in early 2015, a young man who espoused racist beliefs and associating himself with neo-Confederate iconography murdered nine African American members of Charleston’s Emmanuel … More Working group on Civil War sites and museums after Charleston


Just got back from the North Carolina Museums Council annual meeting in Winston-Salem. It was pretty great. The organization appears more robust than I have ever seen it and the place was alive with young practitioners and graduate students. The program featured Critical Conversations as a theme and eight of twelve sessions confronted some aspect … More #ncmc2016


[UPDATE for John Fea’s readers… Hi! I’ve always been transparent and self-critical in my thoughts here. This post contains a great deal of ambivalence in part, I think, because I’m about to encounter yet another life-defining crossroads with this history career I have. I don’t mean to dismiss the concept of intersectionality so flippantly. I really … More #NCPH2016

TrendsWatch 2016

The big brains at the AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums have released this years’ Trendswatch. These trendswatch reports identify emergent, um, trends that will shape society in the next decade or so, and consider how they might effect both museum operations and the place of museums in our communities. This year Trendswatch examines … More TrendsWatch 2016