NC Historian on HB2

I would ordinarily just tweet a link to this Mountain Xpress article, but I think Milton Ready really hints at the historical, transformational, import of HB2, a bill “that was never about bathrooms or trans-anything”– Crafted by rural legislators like Phil Berger of Eden and Tim Moore of Kings Mountain, HB2 perfectly expresses a gerrymandered, … More NC Historian on HB2

Personal meaning through analytical frameworks

In “From Women’s History to Gender History,” Ashley Luskey and Robert Dunkerly detail their attempts to introduce gender into programming at Richmond National Battlefield Park. This doesn’t mean gender as a social category and layering in representations of women’s experiences, but gender as feminine and masculine “’ways of perceiving’ that have shaped the way individuals … More Personal meaning through analytical frameworks

Threshold fear

In the essay “Interpreting Race, Slavery, and United States Colored Troops at Civil War Battlefields,” Beth Parnicza (and co-authors) writes the following [and please excuse the extended quote]— “While ‘To Freedom’ was a large-scale program, most of the park’s efforts to discuss emancipation occur in a more intimate setting, often on walking tours in which … More Threshold fear

Evaluation, part 2

What do evaluations actually do? Well, anything, really. When I did evaluations at the state history museum, I developed simple instruments to test exhibit graphics on middle schoolers, get audience feedback on exhibit titles with attraction power, and to prove that additions to a recurring exhibit accomplished their goals. Evaluations can range from simple tests … More Evaluation, part 2

Evaluation, part 1

A routine part of most administrators’ jobs are data collection for reporting: funders and agencies have to know—via numbers—that their money is being effectively spent. Internally, museums find value in knowing whom they reach, and to what extent they achieve their outcome goals. Granting organizations and other funders increasingly require proof that learning has occurred. … More Evaluation, part 1