Kathrinne Duffy, a member of a group usually known around here as the Jenks Society, offers reflections on their "Lost Museum" project below. The Lost Museum won this year's National Council on Public History's Graduate Student project award, marked officially this week at NCPH's annual conference in Nashville. They were profiled last week on the Public History Commons.
Activist communities, consumed by the present, often forget to take time to look back to their past struggles and successes in order to inform their strategic choices. At the same time, social movement oral histories languish--unknown and untapped--in archives.
“Is This Home?” is an experiment in using new media to bridge this divide.
I was recently alerted to a long-time Athenaeum salon attendee’s analysis of the evolution of the salons during the time that he has attended. He described the early salons as small, intimate gatherings of people who asked thought-provoking questions in the course of substantive, robust conversations, and those in attendance were able to form close relationships.