Fri 24 Jun 2011
Fri 28 Jan 2011
Whoa, who wants to road trip to Ohio?
The Kent State University Museum at Kent State University has a new exhibition – “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen.” See her outfits from “A Philadelphia Story!” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner!” Adam’s Rib!”
The show closes September 4, 2011.
h/t to Playbill.
Wed 24 Mar 2010
This semester, our graduate team is working alongside the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the National Museum of American History, and American University’s Performing Arts Department to develop two original pieces of museum theater based upon the lives of two inventors – Margaret E. Knight and Marion O’Brien Donovan. Along the way, we’ve learned a great deal about museum theater, from the best practices in the field to the day-to-day insights that accompany researching, writing, and revision. Rather than keep this knowledge to ourselves, we hope to create a website that can help others who have an interest in museum theater, Our website [www.historyonstage.org] will focus in on the particular challenges that come with presenting history on stage (as opposed to science or other popular topics). We hope to give students, educators, and museum professionals the resources and advice they need to create productions of their own.
In more detail, the site will:
- Give a brief introduction to museum theater, describing its particular strength and weaknesses as a way to interpret the past.
- Offer visitors advice on how to begin creating their own piece of historical museum theater (not program)
- Give visitors tips, based on the our experience, for each stage of the development process (initial planning and key messages, research, drafting, revision)
- Direct visitors to other resources, such as official associations for museum theater, the best literature in the field, and examples of other successful pieces of museum theater (videos and other media).
- Introduce visitors to our team (the authors), as well as our ongoing project on women inventors.
Since our website hopes to direct visitors through paths of webpages, we plan to use WordPress to build the site. Also, since we are required to build an online portfolio for our public history project, our “About Us” page will also offer information about our ongoing theater project, complete with a bibliography, primary documents, and content-rich descriptions of our inventors.
[Purchase domain space]
Vision and Planning Meeting – 03/30/10
- Create a site map
- Finalize content and responsibilities
- Discuss site’s overall mood and appearance
Rough Design Meeting 04/07/10
- Present and Discuss Site Mock-Ups
[Construct style sheet]
Open Lab Meeting 04/14/10
- Begin adding content (text) to site
- Add header graphic to homepage
[Create presentation for class]
[Continue adding content to site]
Check-In Meeting 04/21/10
- Find missing content
-Check all citations
-Revise and edit the site’s voice
- Make additional polishes and flourishes
[Submit site for grade]