2013 Collections SWAT Team
The 2013 Collections SWAT Team spent two weeks at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society in Vineland, NJ. The Museum Studies Program contributed over 1,000 hours of work to New Jersey’s oldest local historical society. Projects included inventorying a large book collection, cataloging and rehousing hundreds of items of clothing and creating a curatorial workroom. For more details, click here.
Unearthing New Castle
University of Delaware's "Research" Magazine highlights the work of LuAnn De Cunzo, professor of anthropology and early American culture, and Delaware Historical Society Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer Michele Anstine, Read More
Spring Semester Spotlight: MSST 607
The topic of this course is the public dimension of museums. Class members discuss how people can learn from and enjoy museums. They consider interpretation, what a museum means to its publics. Lastly, as audience advocates, they discuss program delivery. Readings, discussions, and personal museum visits and reflections are supplemented by program development projects at local institutions. In spring, 2013, students work with staff at The Hagley Museum and the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens on exhibition and program evaluation, interpretive planning, and tour development.
Meet SPencer - the mascot for the Sustaining Places grant, awarded through the IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals Program! Awarded in 2011, the Sustaining Places grant is focused on bringing resources to small museums by hosting workshops in the Tri-State area and developing a curated website of links and videos specifically with smaller organizations in mind. The University of Delaware and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places are spearheading the effort and are looking forward to another year of helping local museums generate ideas and expand best practices. - Read More
Students Create Resources for Small Historical Organizations
As part of the IMLS-funded Sustaining Places project, Museum Studies students are creating narrated slide shows and videos on collection care and management, inexpensive exhibition techniques, care of historic gardens, and other many topics. These are housed on our website www.sustainingplaces.com. The site is an online encyclopedia for small historical organizations. And it’s growing all the time! If you would like to propose new resources for the site, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org