BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Culture’

  • Many museums and historic sites pride themselves on telling inclusive stories about the histories of the people in the communities they serve. Institutions often collaborate with groups within those communities to create better exhibitions and programming. But, when there is a long history of exclusion and disenfranchisement within the museum framework, as is the case […]

  • Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites is framed by educational psychoanalytic theory and positions museum workers, public historians, and museum visitors as learners. Through this lens, museum workers and public historians can develop compelling and ethical representations of historical individuals, communities, and populations who have suffered. It includes various examples of difficult knowledge, […]

  • Building Histories of the National Mall: A Guide to Creating a Digital Public History Project is a free comprehensive digital guide that details each phase of creating the award-winning website, Histories of the National Mall.  Building Histories belongs to the long tradition of knowledge sharing at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media that […]

  • This book of six case studies demonstrates the critical role entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking play in reinventing cultural organizations to make them relevant and sustainable for the twenty-first century and beyond. Through the lenses of cultural entrepreneurship, change management and complexity theory, these readable and inspirational cases offer an in-depth analysis of how a variety […]

  • As the Chief of Museum Learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Tim Grove has quite a few stories to tell about his experiences in public history. In this excerpt from his book A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History, Grove describes an exhibit project about the Lewis and Clark expedition […]

  • The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE) is an immersion program for mid-career museum, preservation, historic site, and other arts and culture professionals designed to introduce business applications and principles of entrepreneurial thinking with the goal of expanding vision and leadership skills. ICE is a dynamic, four-day experience that immerses participants in the world of nonprofit […]

  • As museum’s work for continued relevance and diverse audiences in the coming years, there must be a turn toward being less “expert” on issues or people and more leaning toward being a conduit for compelling stories. The challenge is that telling contemporary stories with authenticity requires museums to build capacity for understanding based on strong […]

  • Author Darlene Roth presents seven succinct relationships we have with what we call the past, which keep the past alive for us. Briefly, they are as follows: We need the past. This is how we tell “time.” We live in the past—physically, literally, though not necessarily mentally. We love the past. Sometimes we simply love […]

  • Library, museum, and historical society staff can develop meaningful constituent connections through the use of special collections and archives. Through increased access, user-centered design, and innovative interpretation and exhibitions, new approaches to special collections encourage collaboration and active engagement with visitors and broaden possibilities for institutions as cultural entrepreneurs. Presenters: Trina Nelson Thomas, Indiana Historical […]

  • Cultural tourism can be a revenue generator virtually anywhere because every locale has a unique and distinct cultural heritage. Chambers of commerce and local governments have been extolling the value of cultural tourism since the 1990s, claiming heritage tourists typically spend more money and support more local businesses and hotels than other tourists. Carol Kammen […]