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ERIC Number: EJ884259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Petticoats and Primary Sources: Lessons Learned through Public History
Kraus, Jessica Weglein
Journal of Archival Organization, v6 n3 p141-150 2008
The trend among public historians, educators, museum curators, and archivists is to find some means of making complex historical content readily accessible. At national sites, in the classroom, and on the Web, their efforts are aimed at drawing audiences and stimulating an engagement with history. While these efforts are laudable and surely promote a broad appreciation for the historic sites, artifacts and documents that are the essential elements of scholarship, the means of presentation (the form) that is employed may at times inadvertently color or distort the substance of the lessons they are intended to convey. In the following article, which is adapted from a talk given in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in 2007, the author (an actress turned archivist) reviews her experiences as a first-person interpreter, addresses some of the merits and unintended consequences of this educational device, and--extrapolating from these experiences--concludes with a consideration of how archivists currently provide access to and present primary sources on the Web. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York