In 1979, Edward P. Alexander's Museums in Motion was hailed as a much-needed addition to the museum literature. In combining the history of museums since the eighteenth century with a detailed examination of the function of museums and museum workers in modern society, it served as an essential resource for those seeking to enter to the museum profession and for established professionals looking for an expanded understanding of their own discipline. Now, Mary Alexander has produced a newly revised edition of the classic text, bringing it the twenty-first century with coverage of emerging trends, resources, and challenges. New material also includes a discussion of the children's museum as a distinct type of institution and an exploration of the role computers play in both outreach and traditional in-person visits.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||American Association for State and Local History Series|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.22(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.77(d)|
About the Author
Edward Alexander seems to have done it all in terms of history museums. In the 1930s and 40s he led the New York and Wisconsin state historical societies. He brought to Colonial Williamsburg a commitment to intellectual rigor in public interpretation relying on his academic background in U.S. history. He served as president of both AASLH and AAM. After departing Colonial Williamsburg, he established a new museum studies program at the University of Delaware, where he taught until his retirement. Mary Alexander has been an active museum educator in Washington, DC since 1970. She has worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Museum Education Roundtable, George Washington Bicentennial Center (Alexandria, VA), National Archives, Mount Vernon, AASLH's Common Agenda for History Museums, Hillwood Museum and Montgomery County Historical Society. Today, she administers grants for the Maryland Historical Trust, helping historical and cultural museums across Maryland address their professional needs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What Is a Museum? Part 2 Part I: History Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Art Museum Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Natural History and Anthropology Museums Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Science and Technology Museums and Centers Chapter 6 Chapter 5: The History Museum Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Botanical Gardens and Zoos Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Children's Museums Part 9 Part II: Functions Chapter 10 Chapter 8: To Collect Chapter 11 Chapter 9: To Conserve Chapter 12 Chapter 10: To Exhibit Chapter 13 Chapter 11: To Interpret Chapter 14 Chapter 12: To Serve Chapter 15 Chapter 13: The Museum Profession Chapter 16 Readings
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked how the Alexanders write about what museums do and the problems they face in the future. The first part of the book was all right as an introduction to the beginnings and how the museums began to evolve but I did not find the connection between the first and second part of the book smooth. Actually they felt like two totally different books.