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The COVID pandemic is absolutely decimating the museum world. Most of these institutions, poorly funded and top-heavy with corporate world administrators before this, are also dependent upon admissions for funding and when you have no admissions, you have no income. Layoffs and furloughs are rampant. Some suggest that nearly half of museums may permanently close. […]

Our Fragile Past

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On January 31, 2020

The fight to protect our past, in terms of having archives and preserving places, is a tenuous and hard one. It doesn’t get better when the Trump administration decides to close the National Arc

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History through Virginia

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On June 20, 2019
So last weekend I was in Washington, D.C. to give a talk at a union conference and then I spent a couple days traveling through Virginia. That part of the trip was funded by grave donations and I assure you that I saw about 3 dozen of America’s most, uh, special people who will be […]
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The Architecture of Yugoslavia

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On February 6, 2019
I managed to see the exhibit at MOMA on the architecture of Yugoslavia and it was basically one of the very best exhibits I’ve ever seen. You can say that communist architecture was ridiculous–and maybe it was–but it had real ideas behind it that are worth being taken seriously. Anthony Paletta has a Boston Review […]

Music Notes

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On September 14, 2017

I want to bring up a comment about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from the last music thread, all the way back in late July. The RnR Hall of Fame is a legitimately bad museum – it’s not ki

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The Gerald Ford Museum

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On May 2, 2017
I spent the weekend in Michigan, where I was chairing a plenary session at the American Federation of Teachers Higher Education Conference. As I am always one to take advantage of opportunities to fulfill my obsessions (yes, there may be some Michigan graves in your future), I intentionally scheduled a late flight last night so […]

Buy Me Arthur!

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On January 13, 2017

My birthday is coming up later this month. I think some presents are in order! Politicians like to say they cannot be bought. But this weekend, here amid the rolling Civil War battlefields and the kit

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