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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Whose Program is This Anyway?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 15, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp,

You may have heard that the great improv comedy show of the late ‘90’s Whose Line is it Anyway? is making a comeback this summer.

As museum professionals, I think it behooves us all to watch it. Why? Because a) everyone needs a good laugh now and again, and b) I’m a firm believer that running a museum education program is actually just an exercise in improv comedy. Read more…

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 12, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Collections Manager [The Preservation Society of Newport County] Special Events Assistant [Museum of Science] Director, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations [Museum of Science, Boston] Guide [Otis House]

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Summer Reading, Anyone?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 11, 2013 in book recommendations |

With summer classes at Tufts kicking off this week, we thought we’d offer a few suggestions for those of us who aren’t in class to keep up the good work. (Of course, our reading is all beach-worthy!) This week’s recommendation is from Program Director, Cynthia Robinson: Mary Kay Zuravleff’s fictitious but totally believable National Museum of […]

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Science in Museums: Rethinking Accessibility: Don’t Leave English Language Learners Behind

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 10, 2013 in Science in Museums |

By columnist Catherine Sigmond Let’s face it. English has become the global language, the lingua franca that links us all together. It’s also increasingly being recognized as the international language of science. For non-native English speakers, the necessity of being able to read, speak, and publish research in English is an ever-growing hurdle. Of course, […]

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Free Workshop? On Grant Writing? Yes, please!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 10, 2013 in boston emps, professional development |

One week from today, the Boston EMPs will be hosting a free grant writing workshop with Christine Cunningham, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary program. The EMPs are a fantastic group to get to know, so RSVP to BostonEMPs[at]gmail.com to save a spot. The workshop will be held at 7pm on […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 7, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Museum Curator Resigns Amid Turf War Over Art Stalin Banned Honda’s robot museum guide not yet a people person Museum of Food and Drink announces first exhibit: A puffing gun 

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 5, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Manager of Family Programs [Museum of Fine Arts, Boston] Under the direction of the Head of Gallery Learning, the Manager of Family Programs will coordinate and facilitate gallery learning experiences for young audiences. Essential functions include: Design […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Loosen Up My Buttons, Babe

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 1, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I like to think I came of age in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During my sophomore and junior years of high school, I spent countless hours wandering the halls of the Met on school field trips. I was typically the first off the bus, sprinting into the museum at full […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 30, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! My favorite story of the week? “Ancient Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum moves on its own, stumped curator says.” (Got an answer? Please please please tell me in the comments!) MFA’s […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 27, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Curatorial Assistant [Portland Museum of Art] Outreach and Program Coordinator [John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum] PT Curator / Collections Manager [Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site] Supervisory Education Specialist [National Museum of African Art] Curator […]

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Science in Museums: Sensory Science, Visualizing Climate Change

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 26, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice Those who have worked in scientific research know that it’s often a world ruled by numbers and formulas. Even studies based on a mineral’s color or an animal’s morphology (that is, its basic shape and look) have to be backed up by numerical data and rigorous statistical calculations. It’s not enough […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Meet the Museum! Hollis Bowe, Major Gifts Coordinator at Ford’s Theater, Washington DC

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 24, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Welcome back to Dispatch’s on-going series Meet The Museum! This week we are talking to Hollis Bowe, Major Gifts Coordinator at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. Hollis is a passionate advocate for big cats’ rights and a graduate of Tufts University!

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 23, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Explore Denver’s museum gardens NY museum exhibits colonial-era military maps Museum sculpture to get crash-damage inspection RISD museum launches new identity and website A Curated Debate: Barbara Bloom at the Jewish […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 20, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Curator of Education and Visitor Engagement [Albright-Knox Art Gallery] Education Outreach Coordinator [Sandy Spring Museum] Historical Interpreter [First State Heritage Park] Multiple Positions [ArtStory] Collections Registrar [The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston] Associate Curator/Curator [Hunter Museum […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Castles (And Dragons and Mermaids) Made of Sand

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 17, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I’ve been known to complain that Atlantic City is a culture vacuum. People don’t come to Atlantic City to take in Shakespeare, look at fine art or go to wine tastings. They come to go to get tanned, ogle half-naked girls at the beach, and get trashed on over-priced drinks at […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 16, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Museum accused of discriminating against gay families RAF Museum lifts Nazi bomber off floor of English Channel Oprah Winfrey donates $12 million to Smithsonian’s African American museum An expert debunks myths […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 14, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Teen Programs Research Fellow [The Whitney Museum of American Art] Interpretation Manager [Amon Carter Museum of American Art] Assistant Curator [Amon Carter Museum of American Art]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: “Rights”-ful Ownership

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 10, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp There are two things in this life that I particularly love: early American history, and a good dramatic mystery. So of course, when news broke that Pennsylvania’s original copy of the Bill of Rights may have been found in the New York Public, my ears pricked up and I started tuning […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 9, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! German bomber salvage attempt postponed for a week Civil rights, history museums planned for Mississippi Museum brings makeover to crime-hit Marseille Creation Museum adding some ‘zip’ Baltimore Museum of Art argues […]

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From MIT to the Freemasons, explore rarely seen archives around Cambridge!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 8, 2013 in events |

Mark your calendars for an amazing series by the Cambridge Historical Society this summer. They say: For the fifth year in a row, Cambridge archives will open their doors and invite the public in to see the rare items that are rarely seen. “Working in local history you get to know all sorts of cool […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 7, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Teen Programs Research Fellow [The Whitney Museum of American Art]The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a part-time research project fellow (approximately 20 hours per week through September 2014, with a flexible schedule) to coordinate and […]

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Science in Museums: Why Tweet?: Effective Web Marketing for Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 5, 2013 in Science in Museums, Uncategorized |

by columnist Kacie Rice Having finally started a professional Twitter account in the last few weeks (shameless plug: follow me @kacie_rice!), I’ve become more conscious of the informal advertising that museums do through new media.  While museums still use traditional media such as newspapers and billboards to advertise, they, like most other companies and institutions, […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: A Pinch of Sage

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 4, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, As many of you already know, I started a new job at the museum this week. On the one hand, it’s the easiest start to a job ever – I already know my supervisors and coworkers, I know the programs we’re going to run, where they will be and when, and […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 3, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past High school sweetheart finds diary of WWII Marine in museum 70 years later Masterworks for One and All (Public use of online works!) […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 31, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Full-Time Community Outreach Coordinator [Please Touch Museum] Position Summary: The Community Outreach Coordinator will report to the Manager of Community Outreach. The Coordinator assists with the curriculum design, program planning and assessment of educational programming in the […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: The Price is Right?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 28, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, I fib sometimes to get discounts. At the gym: Are you a student? Totally! (-$25 on membership) At the movies: Is your parent a senior citizen? Yes! (-$3 per ticket) At the store: Do you have a club card? Absolutely! (+$5 in coupons for giving my sister’s phone number.) So it […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 26, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Maritime museum announced for landlocked Dallas NYC museum shows how American Jews worked to bring refugees from Nazi Europe to US An art museum uses technology to lure young patrons Ford […]

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Short term opportunity at the American Textile History Museum!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 25, 2013 in Uncategorized |

A fantastic opportunity to work with antique textiles has just come in. They’re looking for 2-3 individuals to photograph the American Textile History Museum’s archives in pursuit of a multi-museum, open-access, searchable database of antique and vintage textiles! Here’s the description:   Position:  Image capture assistant for the Virtual Textile Project Location:  American Textile History […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 24, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Summer Research Fellowship for Museum Interpretation [Dayton Art Institute] The Dayton Art Institute announces a new fellowship offered through the generosity of an anonymous donor.**** Two fellows will be selected to focus on researching and developing content […]

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Science in Museums: It’s Not So Bad To Not Get The Big Idea

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 22, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Brown, This past Sunday, I visited the Museum of Science to see the new exhibit entitled “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times”. Admittedly, it’s a topic I don’t know much about, which makes it difficult to evaluate how the exhibition presented the material. However, the experience made for a good opportunity to […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: City of Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 20, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, Since college, I have tried really hard to dislike Philadelphia. It probably had something to do with dating a guy from Pittsburgh, but it mostly boiled down to this: its not big like New York, it’s not the capital like Washington, it’s not as strong-willed as Boston, and I hate all […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 19, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! US museum defends plan to honor Hamas-linked journalists killed in Gaza DC museum reverses decision to honor Hamas Free Fun Fridays at museums will begin in June Museum’s missing 100kg whale […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 17, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Sent in by Tufts alumnae: Assistant Registrar [The University of Utah] sent in by Tufts alumna, Jennifer Ortiz Open Date 05/14/2013 Requisition Number PRN03750B Job Title Assistant Registrar Working Title UMFA Registrar Job Grade C Standard Hours […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Cinderella Ate My Breakfast

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 13, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, I did not have the chance to make my mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day. I had to go to Philadelphia to be a princess. The Please Touch Museum hosts an annual Mother’s Day Princess Brunch for Centennial Guild Members (i.e.: platinum level, or those who pay for the highest […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 12, 2013 in museums in the news |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! Star Wars exhibit at Indiana St. Museum Art Review: Fighters With a Wardrobe to Match Princess Diana museum to close, contents to go to sons Column: Canada’s museums could learn from […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 10, 2013 in jobs listings, Uncategorized |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Education Curator [Aspen Art Museum] *About the Aspen Art Museum * The Aspen Art Museum is an accredited, globally preeminent, noncollecting institution that organizes and presents the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art through a […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Museum Professionals 360°

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 6, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, If you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you may know that I spent Sunday morning at the Stainton Society’s Annual Brunch, which featured CNN journalist Anderson Cooper as a guest speaker. The Stainton Society is an Atlantic City-based medical philanthropy group and the annual brunch is their big fundraiser for […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! My pick of this week is this Sun Times piece about what we’re losing in the Field Museum’s budget cuts and how much more there is to natural history museum than […]

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Exhibit opening next Monday!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 4, 2013 in events, tufts events |

Don’t forget: The Wonder Smith: Children’s Book Illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff opens with a public reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. next Monday, May 6. This exhibition includes over 40 black and white works from the Boston Public Library’s John D. Merriam Collection. Through them, visitors can explore the artist’s creative and technical genius. Many are accompanied […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 3, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! But first, if you’ll be a Tufts student next year, check out this position at the Tufts University Art Gallery: Visitor Services Ambassadors [Tufts University Art Gallery] The Tufts University Art Gallery is hiring Visitor Services Ambassadors […]

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Science in Museums: Science for All Ages

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 1, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Kacie Rice, Museum educators, as proprietors of informal learning for all ages, often run into a unique dilemma: how do we create educational science experiences that cater to both kids and adults? I was recently having a discussion about this topic with fellow Science in Museums blogger Cira Brown and our classmate Rachel […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: No Fairy Godmother Required

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 29, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Last April, in a fit of ridiculousness, I declared myself Her Royal Highness, Madeline, Ice Princess of Pittsburgh and All Western Pennsylvania. My friends rolled their eyes, sighed, and obliged until the Pittsburgh Penguins were knocked out of Stanley Cup contention in the first round, thereby ending my reign supreme. This […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 28, 2013 in museums in the movies |

Here’s our weekly round-up of our favorite things that were said about museums this week: the good, the bad, and the really quite strange! But first, I was sad to hear of E.L. Konigsburg’s death this week. Her book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler made a huge impression on me as a […]

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Unofficial tours, taken to the next level: Hack The Met

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 27, 2013 in food for thought |

Here’s an interesting piece by GalleristNY about “Hack the Met,” a highly unauthorized tour operating inside the Met, drawing new, young, often-techie New Yorkers into a dialogue that covers everything from medieval armor and musical instruments to Thomas Gainsborough…. with flasks. Mr. Gray, who grew up in Georgia and moved to New York in 2007, discovered […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 26, 2013 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Curatorial Assistant II [Harvard University Herbaria] Auto req ID 29195BR Business Title Curatorial Assistant II School/Unit Faculty of Arts and Sciences Sub-Unit ———— Location USA – MA – Cambridge Job Function Museum Time Status Full-time Schedule Monday […]

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Science in Museums: Museums in the Virtual World

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 24, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond Last week the Exploratorium officially re-opened in its 330,000 ft. new building at Pier 15 in San Francisco after a $300 million, multi-year construction project. The new museum at Pier 15, which is three times bigger than the previous location at the Palace of Fine Arts, boasts an array of exciting […]

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“Facebook Home” paints a less-than flattering picture of museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 23, 2013 in food for thought |

Watch it online and don’t forget to read the comments. They’ll boost your spirits back up.  

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Quick – save the Marathon Bombing objects!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 23, 2013 in food for thought, material culture, museums in the news |

Rainey Tisdale, one of our own professors here at Tufts, has been agitating for a museum to step up to collect the objects relating to the Boston Marathon bombing before they disappear. Listen to her in this interview on WBUR, which aired this morning: http://www.wbur.org/2013/04/23/saving-marathon-memorial-items.

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Playground v. Playpen

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 22, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I had the good fortune to spend Passover with my cousins this year. Being closer to Philadelphia now, we don’t see our New York family members as often, so we jump at the chance to spend time with them. Especially if we know one of the babies will be there.  I […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 21, 2013 in museums in the news |

As a break from the other news that has been read, re-read, and read some more by those of us in Boston, here’s what happened in museums around the world this week. Justin Bieber courts controversy after visiting Anne Frank museum and writing he hopes she ‘would have been a Belieber’ Netherlands’ national museum, the […]

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