Author Archives: onceuponamuseum

Keep Calm and Shop On

At one of the museum shops that I work at we have “Bentley Snowflake” earrings. I could tell you the price, the manufacturer, the dimensions and the materials used to make these earrings, but I honestly had no idea what the “Bentley” stood for until about a week ago. The Smithsonian Archives tweeted a resource […]

Confessions of a Tech-aholic

While aimlessly scrolling through Facebook this weekend, I came across this extremely powerful advertisement by Nike. The use of bold white text on a black background, Siri’s voice, and the inclusion of data all combine to yield a highly effective message. It definitely hit home for me – as it was noon on a Sunday […]

Redesigning the House Museum Experience

This week I had the opportunity to visit the Octagon House Museum. As mentioned in many of my previous blog posts, I’m currently interning at Gadsby’s Tavern, and they are part of the Historic House Museum Consortium for DC, Maryland and Virginia. The HHMC has quarterly meetings at their different partner sites, and this quarter’s […]

Girl Power

After a week that’s been disheartening, shocking, and downright scary – I thought I would talk about something super light and happy: girl scout programming at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (GTM). This semester I’m interning at Gadsby’s, and they have some really great education programs centered around girl scouts. This is an audience I’ve never worked with before, […]

Twitter as a Professional Network

Major benefit of having class/discussions/networking events online: you can do so in your bed, in pajamas. This week, as I was simultaneously researching for class and watching the first Syracuse basketball game of the season, I was also participating in a twitter chat hosted by the American Association for State and Local History (@AASLH). I […]

Social Media, Darling

Two really interesting articles popped up on my twitter feed this week, and they both had the same focus: social media. The first was a great article posted by several people in our class, The New York Times article: Museums, the New Social Media Darlings. Secondly, Museum Hack posted a case study about “How to Bring 900,000+ […]

Playing in Museums

I’ve been interested in the concept of “play” in museums since visiting the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. I actually was born in Rochester, and grew up with this museum. It wasn’t until more recently when I became interested in museums as a career that I began to look at their mission […]