The Public Historian’s exhibit review section features reports on current historical exhibits, performances, living history, and historical built environments. These reviews cover exhibits in national museum chains as well as smaller institutions and neighborhood and community centers. The magazine also features comparative essays comparing the exhibits of two or more museums.
Historical exhibits are important for the dissemination of historical knowledge. They are often viewed by diverse audiences, including children. In addition, they serve as memorials to past tragedies. The curators of these exhibits are responsible for making judgments about what historical content is appropriate and how to present it. Attempts to censor or suppress exhibit content should be discouraged.
Other exhibits highlight the darker side of Oklahoma history. Some exhibits cover lesser-known criminals and whiskey towns. Others feature Oklahomans who made a living by committing crimes in other states. These stories are as much about the locale as they are about the individual, and some feature people who have temporarily gone astray.
A creative approach to storytelling is an essential component of any exhibition. A successful exhibit not only provides facts about an event, but also evokes curiosity and expands understanding. By using juxtapositions of objects and graphics, visitors can place themselves in that time and understand historical concepts. While the majority of exhibits present people as isolated, historical events affect their communities and even people far away.
A recent trend has seen an increase in historical exhibits. Increased interest in local heritage and a national dialogue on identity has led to a rise in this form of presentation. While historical exhibitions have traditionally been housed in large museums, traveling exhibits are now becoming increasingly common. Public exhibits in courthouses are another means of showcasing local history. The Concord Courthouse is located at 55 Pleasant Street and is open to the public during court hours. The courthouse also features a conference room for viewing exhibits.
Visitors can also view exhibits at the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse. The exhibits are open to the public during regular court hours. The exhibits are also available in the courthouse’s conference room when it is not in use. The exhibits at the Courthouse may be viewed on the website. However, copyright protection protects the artwork displayed in the exhibits. A visitor who wishes to copy or reproduce the exhibits is required to seek permission first.
The Peabody Essex Museum reunites the most groundbreaking series of Jacob Lawrence’s black history paintings. The exhibition is a retrospection of the American experience through the perspective of the marginalized. By incorporating multimedia components, Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle combines live demonstrations with virtual tours.