Museums in Strange Places

Museums in Strange Places

BONUS: London is Ok I Guess
Nov 13, 2019 29:45

BONUS: London is Ok I Guess

[A pilot for a new show I developed about living in London. I'm really proud of how it turned out, but I just don't have the time to make more episodes, so it's going to live here on the Museum in Strange Places feed. I meet up with escape room creator, museum professional, and self-proclaimed mermaid hunter Sacha Coward, who takes me somewhere that will inspire me a bit and help me see the beauty in London’s “layers of puked-up history.”
The (Pop-Up) Anti-Trump Museum of Atlantic City
Sep 23, 2019 24:47

The (Pop-Up) Anti-Trump Museum of Atlantic City

Donald J. Trump has been active in business and media for fifty years, but his scandal-ridden presidency has overshadowed most of his history. Levi Fox's Pop-Up Atlantic City Trump Museum is an attempt to remedy this oversight for one specific chapter of the Trump story: his four Atlantic City casinos and the impact their short tenures and bankruptcies had on the gambling capitol of the East Coast.
Sneak Peek of My New Podcast: London is OK I Guess
Aug 02, 2019 05:28

Sneak Peek of My New Podcast: London is OK I Guess

Hey Museums in Strange Place listeners! I’m excited to share a sneak peek of my new podcast, London is OK I Guess. Don’t worry, I’ve still got plenty of Museums in Strange Places episodes in  the pipeline for you to enjoy.  But first I want to invite you to listen to the first few minutes of the first episode of London is Ok I Guess, a show about finding your place….in a place you’d rather not be.
Poe Belongs to Baltimore, Baltimore to Poe
Jul 23, 2019 39:19

Poe Belongs to Baltimore, Baltimore to Poe

He’s the master of macabre, the man who created mystery fiction, the face on the socks and beer bottles of everyday Baltimoreans. He’s Edgar Allan Poe, and he belongs to Baltimore. Join me on a visit to the Poe House in Baltimore, the tiny house where his career began, to learn about Baltimore’s devotion to Poe, his tragic life, and the future of his legacy in the city where he died mysteriously.   This episode is sponsored by Grove History Consulting.
Slavery in Maryland: Facing Our Whole History at Sotterley Plantation
Jul 01, 2019 44:14

Slavery in Maryland: Facing Our Whole History at Sotterley Plantation

So much of Maryland was built on the back of enslaved Africans, yet it’s easy to avoid confronting the history of slavery in Maryland’s former plantation country. Historic Sotterley is trying to change that. Today, staff and descendants at Sotterley are committed to sharing the site’s whole history and healing the legacy of trauma left by the violence of slavery with the ultimate goal of making their community and their world a better place. 
Museum on Main Street: A Love Letter to Small-Town America (02/09)
Jun 18, 2019 40:12

Museum on Main Street: A Love Letter to Small-Town America (02/09)

About half of all museums in the US are in small towns in rural America. Each of these museums holds stories and objects that are worth preserving and sharing, but they don’t always have the funding and infrastructure they need to operate and innovate. That’s where Museum on Main Street comes in. This Smithsonian program brings traveling exhibits to small towns for six weeks at a time. But the exhibit materials are just the catalyst for a much bigger experience.
Baltimore’s Jewish Roots ft. Harry Houdini (S02/E08)
Apr 24, 2019 43:23

Baltimore’s Jewish Roots ft. Harry Houdini (S02/E08)

What do Baltimore, Russian Jews, the third oldest synagogue in America, Eastern European Catholics, seances, and Harry Houdini have in common? You’ll find out in this episode. Join me for a tour of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue, a journey back in history to the heyday of the Jewish market on Baltimore’s East Lombard Street, and a celebration of the life of Harry Houdini, the son of a rabbi. Music by Seth Kibel. Sponsored by Grove History Consulting.
Why We Work: Improving the Way Museums Work at The Baltimore Museum of Industry (S02/E07)
Feb 28, 2019 31:04

Why We Work: Improving the Way Museums Work at The Baltimore Museum of Industry (S02/E07)

S02/E07: The Baltimore Museum of Industry is trying to inspire their visitors around the concept of work by telling the stories of historical workers. In this episode, I talk to staffers Beth Maloney and Auni Gelles about how they are pushing the museum beyond more traditional education and interpretation methods. This episode is sponsored by Grove History Consulting. Featured songs are by The Bumper Jacksons.
A Secular Gathering Place: The Sandy Spring Museum (S02/E06)
Jan 30, 2019 29:19

A Secular Gathering Place: The Sandy Spring Museum (S02/E06)

The Sandy Spring Museum describes itself as “community-activated.” They want to be a secular gathering places, where people of different backgrounds can come together and build a sense of place and belonging. I visit the museum to speak with Executive Director Allison Weiss about the museum’s radically community-driven programming, the Quaker principles built into the museum’s design, and how they are trying to serve a community of incredible diversity.
BONUS: 17th Century Ships are Like Classic Cars
Jan 29, 2019 05:17

BONUS: 17th Century Ships are Like Classic Cars

BONUS content from Episode 5, "The Lost City: Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland."  Dr. Regina Faden and I head down to Historic St. Mary's City's Waterfront exhibit, where we board the Maryland Dove, a replica 17th century sailing ship. The ship's Boatswain, Jeremy, talks to us about what it's like working on a historic ship and why old boats are like classic cars.   Music in this episode is by Hesperus, from their album An Early American Quilt, released on the Maggie’s Music Label.