Using Collection Objects and Primary Sources to Engage Audiences

Presenter(s): 

Holly Stewart, Program Manager, Job Carr Cabin Museum
Susan Spero, Chair, John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies

Moderator: 

Redmond J. Barnett, Historian/Museum Consultant, Tacoma, Washington

Track: 

  • Collections, Visitor Experience

Curators, educators, and archivists are developing more sophisticated ways of engaging visitors. One method is bringing people into direct contact with objects—paintings, ephemera, manuscripts, and others. This session will report findings of a large national survey of such practices, explore two case studies at different-sized museum (one with college students, one with fourth graders), and suggest broader steps to proven practices.