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ISBN-13:
9781442269477
Seiten:
240
Autor:
Gretchen Buggeln
Serie:
16, Interpreting History
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites encourages readers to consider the history of religion as integral to American culture and provides a practical guide for any museum to include interpretation of religious traditions in its programs and exhibits.
Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites encourages readers to consider the history of religion as integral to American culture and provides a practical guide for any museum to include interpretation of religious traditions in its programs and exhibits. Combining both theoretical essays and practical case studies from a wide cross section of the field, the book explores how museums are finding new ways to connect with audiences about this important aspect of American history.



This book explores the practical and interpretive problems that museums encounter when they include religion in their interpretation:





  • How do we make sure visitors don't think the museum is taking the side of any particular religious group, or proselytizing, or crossing church-state boundaries?

  • How do we spin out a rich story with the available artifact base?

  • What are the opportunities and perils of telling particular religious stories in a multicultural context?




These and other questions are addressed in a series of interpretive essays and case studies that capture the experimental and innovative religion programming that is beginning to find a place in American history museums.




An introduction by Gretchen Buggeln places the subject of religion and museums in the intellectual context of national and international scholarship. Case studies cover a range of topics and venues that include outdoor museums, historic houses and exhibits; interpretive issues of secular and sacred contexts; and interpretive techniques like dialogue, music and first person accounts. A concluding essay suggests a publicly oriented historiography of religion for American museums and historic sites.
Introduction


Acknowledgments





Part I Case Studies





Chapter 1. Religious Sites


Arch Street Meeting House,


Reinterpretation of the Arch Street Meeting House,


Lynne Calamia





California Missions Trail


California Missions,


Elizabeth Kryder-Reid





Ephrata Cloister


Interpreting Religion at Ephrata Cloister


Michael S. Showalter and Nick Siegert





Hancock Shaker Village


Hancock Shaker Village - Training for Staff & Docents Who Interpret Religion,


Todd Burdick





Joseph Smith Farm,


Facilitating a Reverential Experience.


Gary L. Boatright, Jr.





Kirtland Temple


Kirtland Temple: Creating Sacred Space for Pilgrimage


Barbara B. Walden





Mary Baker Eddy Library


Fervent Hearts, Willing Hands: Christian Science in Nineteenth-Century Context


Katherine Connell





Museum at Eldridge Street


Interpreting the Eldridge Street Synagogue: Two Dialogues
Amy Stein Milford
and
Richard Rabinowitz



United States Capitol Visitor Center


“In God We Trust” – Interpreting Religion in the US Capitol


Fred W. Beuttler





Chapter 2. Historic Sites


Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage


Reform and Religion at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage


Marsha Mullin





Colonial Williamsburg Foundation


Satisfaction Through Honesty


Stephen Seals





Conner Prairie


Religion at Conner Prairie


Catherine Hughes





George Washington’s Mount Vernon


Interpreting Religion in the Life of a Founding Father


Mary V. Thompson





Hawaii Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives


Revisiting the Historical Role of the ABCFM Missionaries in Hawaii


Thomas A. Woods





Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum


Talk-Back Boards And Religion,


Josh Howard





Lower East Side Tenement Museum


Interpreting Religion at the Tenement Museum


Annie Polland





Newport World Heritage Commission


Interpreting Tolerance to a Skeptical World: The Case of Colonial Newport and Providence


Ken Yellis





Old Economy Village


Religious Interpretation at Old Economy Village


David Miller





Southeastern Pennsylvania Historic Sites and Houses


Interpreting the Diversity of Pennsylvania German Religion at Historic House Museums


Cynthia G. Falk





Chapter 3. Museum Exhibitions


Abbe Museum


Religious Appropriation Issues and the Abbe Museum


Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Geo Soctomah Neptune





American Revolution Museum at Yorktown


Interpreting Religion at The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown


K. Lara Templin





Arab American National Museum


Interpreting Religion at the Arab American National Museum


Petra Alsoofy





Delaware Historical Society


Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980


Constance J. Cooper





Jewish Museum of Maryland


Chosen Food: Eggrolls, Oreos and Judaism in the Museum


Karen Falk





Minnesota History Center


Interpreting Religion in Peb Yog HmoobWe Are Hmong Minnesota


Brian Horrigan





National Museum of African American History and Culture


Black Sacred Objects and the Matter of Religious Meanings: A CaseStudy from the National Museum of African American History & Culture


Eric Lewis Williams





National Museum of American History


Religion in Early America: An Exhibition at the National Museum of American History


David K. Allison





National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park


Interpreting the Religions Life of Civil War Soldiers at Pamplin Historical Park


A. Wilson Greene





The Rosenbach and the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia


Religion on Display: Three Exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach


Katherine Haas





Winterthur Museum


Open the Doors and See all the People: Interpreting Pennsylvania German Material Culture and Religion


Lisa Minardi





Part II Essays





Chapter 4. Scholarly Approaches For Religion in History Museums


Gretchen Buggeln





Chapter 5. Issues in Historical Interpretation: Why Interpreting Religion is So Difficult


Barbara Franco





Chapter 6. Religion in Museum Spaces and Places


Gretchen Buggeln





Chapter 7. Strategies and Techniques for Interpreting Religion


Barbara Franco





Chapter 8. Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites: The Work Ahead


Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco





Bibliography





Contributors





Index