The Public Historian is a journal that reports on current historical exhibits and evaluates performances, historical built environments, and other types of historical displays. It covers large nationally known institutions, smaller museums, and works by neighborhood centers. It also includes comparative essays, which compare two or more museums’ exhibits. These essays are particularly important because they demonstrate how different exhibits can impact the public. This means that the audience of the review is better served by an exhibition that reflects the perspective of historians.
The goal of a good exhibition is to engage the audience and spark curiosity. This can be accomplished through the creative use of visual storytelling and the highlighting of individuals who were present at the time of the event. An exhibit can be complex and simple, or both, depending on the purpose of the space. If a space features objects that can be viewed in isolation, the audience is unlikely to be interested in the exhibition.
The Detroit Historical Society offers travel exhibitions that are educational and affordable. The collection includes everything from Civil War era art to war posters. One such exhibit features the work of transportation artist Jerome Beiderman. The exhibit’s roots are in Michigan, but it is also resonant with a national audience. The Detroit Historical Society has a history of offering affordable traveling exhibits. Its museum-quality exhibits will keep visitors engaged and informed.
Pop-up museums are examples of nontraditional museum institutions that use interactive exhibits to showcase their collections. They rely on visitors to provide museum objects and labels, and they construct shared historical authority. Pop-up museums often focus on the history of science and technology. Some exhibits can be temporary or permanent, digital, or associated with a specific event. However, they can be fun and exciting for everyone involved. So, whether you’re a library or an exhibit creator, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase your passion for history!
Another exciting exhibition is Together We Win: DuPage in World War II. The exhibit tells the story of World War II through the eyes of DuPage residents. It will run from July 2021 to May 2022. It will feature the experiences of men and women from DuPage County who served overseas and supported the war effort at home. They will also discuss the controversial aspects of the war and how they shaped the rest of the 20th century.
In Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress at the Maine Historical Society, John Martin’s drawings are paired with images from the MHS collection. These drawings prove how art imitates life. Several of the garments in this exhibition are exhibited in the exhibit. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out the exhibit. If you’re looking for a unique experience, this might be the exhibit for you!