History/museum bits and pieces from the tubes:
Mapping organ donations: making visual traces of kidney donation algorithms; is this the way to make biomedicine visible to museum audiences? asks Biomedicine on Display.
Bill Turkel creates the ambient noise of the past, an auditory equivalent of the fuzzy, distant quality of old photographs. Possible uses: “history appliances,” living history museums, the-way-people-lived exhibits at local history museums. The past doesn’t have to sound like recorded music.
Joan Cummins at the Brooklyn Museum documents the purchase of a large-ticket piece of art, an ancient Indian bronze sculpture (in 4 parts): totally fascinating, especially since my museum can’t afford to buy any artifacts.
Submit a paper to the Victorian Underworlds conference, to be held in Toronto April 11-13 2008; proposals are due by October 15. Someone should really present about sewer-building. I am continually in awe of the scale of these late nineteenth century public health projects, and the kind of committment it took to build that kind of infrastructure (though the London sewers, for instance, were poorly drained, and they had to hire workers to scoop them out).
Collection Resurrection declares: collection resurrected. If you haven’t read this blog, it was a one-year project to document the restoration, organization, and general ‘resurrection’ of the collections and facilities of a local history museum in Gananoque, Ontario. It’s a great story of how, with community support, a neglected local history museum can be rebuilt and positioned for the future.
The Otter Tail County Historical Society in Fergus Falls has commissioned a local artist to make a reproduction of “the municipal nude,” also known as Gerta, a painting excavated in the 1960s from the old City Hall. I seem to link to the OTCHS quite a lot, and it’s because they’re one of the few county historical societies in Minnesota to have a blog. Are you a local history organization in MN (or Wisconsin, why not) with a blog? Write to me, and I’ll keep you on my radar!
Also, look for a new feature here on PH starting next week: Foodways Tuesdays! This is a transparent excuse for me to talk about my preservation projects. Next Tuesday: leather britches beans.