Defining Memory (eBook): Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities
by Amy K. Levin, David Kyvig, Tami Christopher, James Connor, J Daniel d'Oney, Jessie Embry, Eric Gable, Lucian Gomoll, Richard Handler, Donna Langford, Amy Levin, Mauri L. Nelson, Stuart Patterson, Heather Perry, Jay Price, Michael Rhode, Eric Sandweiss, Elizabeth Vallance
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Defining Memory uses case studies of exhibits from around the country to examine how local museums, defined as museums whose collections are local in scope or whose audiences are primarily local, have both shaped and been shaped by evolving community values and sense of history. Levin and her contributors argue that these small institutions play a key role in defining America's self-identity and should be studied as seriously as more national institutions like the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.