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ERIC Number: EJ1234780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Museums for Somebody: Children's Museum Professionals and the American Association of Museums (1907-1922)
Swigger, Jessie
Journal of Museum Education, v44 n4 p345-353 2019
The first three children's museums in the world opened in Brooklyn, New York (1899), Boston, Massachusetts (1913), and Detroit, Michigan (1917). This paper examines the contributions of children's museum professionals to museum education through presentations at the American Association of Museums given by the curators of the first three children's museums -- Anna Billings Gallup's (Brooklyn), Delia I. Griffin (Boston), and Gertrude A. Gillmore (Detroit). A review of the papers they delivered to their colleagues illustrates how their pioneering educational approaches -- such as encouraging visitors to interact with objects and creating opportunities for children to become empowered and invested museum visitors -- continue to shape the field. It also highlights the value of including a seat at the table for children's museum professionals in conversations about museum education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York); Massachusetts (Boston); Michigan (Detroit)
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