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Author Beverly Sheppard questions many pre-conceived notions about methodology that are widely considered facts.

The many ideas about exhibits and interpretation that are regarded as well-known knowledge, have often gone un-researched and un-tested.

Sheppard emphasizes the importance of researching these practices as they relate to a museum’s or historical society’s educational mission.

She also makes suggestions for ways methodology research can be put to action in a museum’s exhibits or programming.

The practice of staying abreast in research in the field helps museums retain their value as educational and trustworthy institutions.