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Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the Stories They Tell

Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the Stories They Tell

by Nancy Moses
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Few beyond the insider realize that museums own millions of objects the public never sees. In Lost in the Museum, Nancy Moses takes the reader behind the Oemployees onlyO doors to uncover the stories buried--along with the objects--in the crypts of museums, historical societies, and archives. Moses discovers the actual birds shot, stuffed, and painted by John James Audubon, AmericaOs most beloved bird artist; a spear that abolitionist John Brown carried in his quixotic quest to free the slaves; and the skull of a prehistoric Peruvian child who died with scurvy. She takes the reader to Ker-Feal, the secret farmhouse that Albert Barnes of the Barnes Foundation filled with fabulous American antiques and that was then left untouched for more than fifty years. Weaving the stories of the object, its original owner, and the often idiosyncratic institution where the object resides, the book reveals the darkest secret of the cultural world: the precarious balance of art, culture, and politics that keep items, for decades, lost in the museum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759110700
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/05/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

A cultural development consultant and former executive director of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, Nancy Moses has spent much of her career bringing history to light—and to life.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Stuff Chapter 1 John James Audubon's Birds Chapter 2 John James Audubon's Birds Chapter 3 Blaschka Sea Animals Chapter 4 Franklin B. Gowen Ceremonial Bowl Chapter 5 Pessaries Chapter 6 Skull of a Prehistoric Peruvian Child Chapter 7 Ker-Feal Chapter 8 Plan for the Dome of the United States Capitol Chapter 9 John Brown's Pike Chapter 10 Summer Garments of a Tibetan Princess

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Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the Stories They Tell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Initially read this book because Nancy is a friend however, surprised myself how much I really enjoyed the book. I not only learned much about the quirky treasures, e.g., pessaries, I also gained an insight into the headaches faced by museums in maintaining and displaying their collections. Nancy writes almost as if she's speaking to you and her style will definitely engage you.