In the museum world, objects are generally described with reference to their designers, or purchasers, or donors...But the whole history of an objects intersects with many other people, who employ many other skills and attach many other meanings.1 The above quotation from Richard Rabinowitz's article highlights the traditional way that museums tend to display and … Continue reading Artifact Meanings and Contextualization
In my previous job as a Digitization Facilitator, for an OurOntario project, I had the opportunity to work with a number of great local history collections. A few of these collections contained quilts made and donated by community members. I was instantly impressed by the work and community memory contained in so many of these … Continue reading Quilts Galore
Powder Flask, McCord Museum, M975.61.76My most recent post can be seen over on the ActiveHistory.ca site. The post, "Tangible History: Artifacts as Gateways to the Past" focuses on the use of artifacts as primary sources in historical research and in educational settings.