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INF 388E - Historical Museums: Context and Practice, Fall 2008
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Instructor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway

Course Meeting Time
Wednesday, 1-4, SZB 464

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to look at and think about the process of museum exhibit creation in historical museums, from planning through development to opening and maintenance, as a negotiation among many stakeholders for influence upon the story that is told. We will consider the many facets of historical museums: their institutional positioning, including history and resources; the interests and concerns of museum employees (registrars, researchers, curators, conservators, education specialists, support staff, and volunteers); the influence of the public, both the "audience" public and those whose interests are directly affected and/or represented by an exhibit's story; and the role of contractual professionals when they are used (designers, exhibit construction firms, visitor studies experts). As a field for the study of this knowledge we will use the range of historical museums and museum-like venues in Austin where informal learning about history is available to citizens.

Professor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway
Phone: (512) 232-9220
Office: SZB 566
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m -11:00 a.m Tuesday or by appointment
Contact Please use email in preference to telephone

Teaching Assistant: Sarah Kim