Museums and community centers across the country are creating historical exhibits to help people explore and understand their history. These exhibitions can be interactive and sometimes incorporate live music, crafts, and other forms of entertainment. Many are created by families or local organizations. Historical exhibits also provide an opportunity for visitors to discuss the events, activities, and perspectives that shape our lives. They can serve many purposes, including memorializing tragedies, educating, and promoting awareness.
Some exhibits feature people who were there during important events. Others feature historical objects or materials that highlight how people affected one another. While these exhibits may often be seen by family groups, they are also viewed by adults.
The Ska*nonh Museum in Louisville is a museum dedicated to the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee people. This museum’s exhibits explore topics such as creation, the Great Law of Peace, and European contact. For instance, there is an exhibit called “Thanksgiving Address” that shows visitors the ways that the Iroquois people greeted guests at Thanksgiving. In addition, there is a “Continuity and Contributions” exhibit that illustrates how people have adapted to a changing world.
Aside from these traditional types of exhibits, there are special exhibitions. Special exhibitions tell stories in a three-dimensional way. They often involve visual poetry, which is a type of artwork that juxtaposes images and graphics to create a dramatic experience. Depending on the exhibit, visitors might encounter photographs, broadsides, or posters. Other exhibits include giant-screen films, walk-throughs, and interactive games.
Another special exhibit, “Olde England on the Ohio: Louisville’s Tudor Revival,” is opening on November 4, 2022. It uses the city of Louisville as a microcosm to illustrate the efforts that the American people made to recreate Olde England in the early twentieth century.
Among the most unique and innovative of these exhibits is “Called to Arms: World War I in Louisville.” It is a collection of photos, videos, and objects from the Filson Historical Society and University of Louisville Special Collections. By highlighting both the home front and the trenches, this exhibit provides visitors with an in-depth view of the evolution of World War I.
In addition, there is a special display outside the Historian’s Office. Visitors can view a variety of photographic records and other items donated by the Vidler family.
To the Polls, on the other hand, is a collection of election memorabilia. The items on display include broadsides, posters, photographs, and buttons. Also, this exhibit is organized by the period of expanding suffrage. Throughout the exhibit, there are examples of items from each period, such as a presidential inaugural gown and a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These are only a few of the numerous historical exhibits being presented around the country. Exhibits can be found at larger museums and community centers, but they are also being created by local organizations and families. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these exhibits, be sure to check out the websites listed below for more details.