Monthly Archives: January 2011

What is a collection, and what is collecting?

As a child I had all sorts of collections: stamps, keychains, milk caps (“pogs”), coins, and ice hockey pucks.  As an adult I still have all sorts of collections: rocks and minerals, photographs, books, and museum maps.  And sure enough, … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration…

I’ve noticed every so often some bloggers will update their site with a “Footnotes” post where they include a few links to relevant material and provide minimal commentary.  I used to think this was a second-rate way of keeping readers … Continue reading

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Adaptive Reuse and Cultural Heritage

Melissa Abraham, senior communications specialist at the J. Paul Getty Trust, posted an article, “What Do You Mean, ‘Sustainability and Cultural Heritage?,” in which she discusses sustainable development as it relates to the preservation of cultural resources. Sustainable development, according to … Continue reading

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Baig’s Forts and Palaces Photobook Released To Much Fanfare

Amita Baig’s 256-page photo book Forts and Palaces of India was officially released to the public at an event attended by a long list of celebrities and superstars.  The crowd lauded the author for the 25 years she has dedicated to … Continue reading

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The Great Hall at National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Photo: Nicholas Merkelson The Great Hall at the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.) Once the largest room in America, the Great Hall was originally conceived to display miniature models required of inventors when the building housed the United States Patent … Continue reading

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New Museum Memorializes Sichuan Earthquake Victims

Beichuan, the most heavily damaged town in the Sichuan earthquake zone, will soon become a museum and memorial to the victims of the May 12, 2008 earthquake.  The local government announced recently that the town’s ruins, including collapsed and leaning homes, … Continue reading

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Repatriation: inevitable conflict, endless debate

Dr. Robert Kelly, an anthropology professor at the University of Wyoming, submitted a short opinion piece (“Bones of Contention,” Dec. 12, 2010) to the New York Times in which he argues for the repeal of the latest NAGPRA Regulations on … Continue reading

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