392 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 92 drawings, 1 map, notes, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2950-6
Published: November 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2951-3
Published: September 2016
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Rabinowitz’s wealth of professional experience--creating over 500 history museums, exhibitions, and educational programs across the nation--shapes and informs the narrative. By weaving insights from learning theory, anthropology and geography, politics and finance, collections and preservation policy, and interpretive media, Rabinowitz reveals how the nation’s best museums and historic sites allow visitors to confront their sense of time and place, memories of family and community, and definitions of self and the world while expanding their idea of where they stand in the flow of history.
About the Authors
Richard Rabinowitz is founder and president of the American History Workshop and author of The Spiritual Self in Everyday Life: The Transformation of Personal Religious Experience in Nineteenth-Century New England.
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“Offers inspiring models and strategies for interpreting history in exhibitions.”--New England Quarterly
"If you don't think writing and reading about history is urgent political business, . . . [Curating America] will change your mind."--The Scholarly Kitchen
"Richard Rabinowitz is a brilliant pioneer, the most creative designer of history museum exhibits in the United States, and a superlative writer. This book, which distills his incredible forty-year career into one volume, is a must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of the museum as an interactive place, understanding how we now engage with our past, and learning about the man who helped orchestrate the rise of public history."--David Thelen, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Richard Rabinowitz takes us on a fascinating journey through the recent past, offering lively anecdotes and vivid illustrations to illuminate the making of public history as a profession and the development of many of the most celebrated historical exhibits of the last three decades. A wonderful, intellectually stimulating book."--Robert Gross, University of Connecticut