Cambridgeport History Day

If you don’t have Saturday afternoon plans yet, check this out. (Even if you do have plans, you might want to cancel them for this!)

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Cambridge will again celebrate Cambridgeport History Day, bringing people together and creating a sense of place and community through shared history and common stories. Dana Park, on Magazine Street, between Lawrence and McTernan streets, is the event’s hub.

The Cambridge Historical Society‘s website has more information and a complete schedule.

There will be living history performances, fun activities for kids of all ages, a potluck, and a neat community exhibition called “If This House Could Talk.”

If you go, let us know all about it!

Guy Fawkes Pub Night @ The Old State House

Remember, remember the fifth of November…

…because this year, The Old State House is throwing what sounds like an amazing Guy Fawkes Day party. Says Nathaniel Sheidly, Historian and Director of Public History at the Bostonian Society:

The average pub might offer a pop-culture themed pub trivia quiz and the chance to talk about one’s favorite reality TV show.  But at Guy Fawkes Pub Night, the talk will be of Pope’s Day in British North America and the trivia questions will all have a history theme.  What certified History nerd could resist?  This is an opportunity for students to connect with others who share their interests in an informal setting and to explore (after hours, no less!) one of the most important public buildings in American history.Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think may have an interest.  For more information and to purchase tickets, interested parties should click here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/200895.  Questions and comments can be referred to me [nat[at]bostonhistory[dot]org] or to our Director of Education, Samantha Nelson (sam[at]bostonhistory[dot]org).

Dealing With Your Cognitive Load

Ed Rodley, of the Museum of Science and the blog Thinking About Exhibits, has had a wonderful series of posts recently about “Dealing With Your Cognitive Load.” In a four-part series, he lays out the ways that information can come to you and how you can deal with it to make the most productive use of your time and mental energy. They’re well worth a read.

Dealing With Your Cognitive Load, Part 1

Replies to Dealing With Your Cognitive Load, Part 2

Dealing With Your Cognitive Load, Part 3

Dealing With Your Cognitive Load, Part 4

Wild Apricot’s Nonprofit Webinars Roundup

Every month, Wild Apricot posts a great blog roundup of free nonprofit webinars. It’s a list well worth looking over; there’s usually something for everyone.

If you can spare an hour or two each week, you can get some great education about nonprofit questions, many of which are directly applicable to museum work.

Check out their October listing.

PS – the Wild Apricot blog is great on general principle – add it to your reading list.

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museums in the news!

Minneapolis Museum Agrees To Return Ancient Vase

Opening Day For Barnes Museum in Philadelphia: Next May 19th

Museum Admission as an Expression of Mission

The V&A Museum Turned into a Living Room for London Design Week

Museum to allow DNA tests for man who suspects he’s ex-PM Diefenbaker’s son

Collector pulling paintings from Holland Museum

‘Virtual museum’ preserves memories of Rock Hill

NY parks, historic sites recovering from Irene

New Cleveland Museum chair ‘not an art person’

Boston museum lets you spend ‘A Day in Pompeii’

As Folk Art Museum Teeters, a Huge Loss Looms

Secret Cold War Spy Satellite Program Declassified, Finally Revealed

NYC’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum hosts naturalization ceremony for 18 immigrants

2 teens accused of stealing Revolutionary War weapons from NJ museum during Irene power outage

Ramen Museum? My cup runneth over!

Toronto air and space museum facing eviction

National Museum of American History Receives Peace Corps Objects

Animal Museum And, Oh, a House