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Afternoon Tea with the Boston EMPs!

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on November 23, 2014 in events |

Afternoon Tea with the Boston EMPs! Join the Boston EMPs (Emerging Museum Professionals) for a spot of tea on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 PM. Hosted at Abigail’s Tea Room in the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, this friendly get to together is the perfect time to catch up with new and old museum […]

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A walking tour of New England at home…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 24, 2014 in events |

If you’re looking for something outdoors yet educational to do on Sunday, June 1, consider joining the Lexington Historical Society’s event! Here’s the extra info they sent in… The Lexington Historical Society is hosting its sixth annual house tour Homes in the Heart of Lexington which includes a dozen homes within walking distance of Lexington Center on […]

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Save the Date: Local Legislators discuss the Fenway Cultural District

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 12, 2014 in events |

Next Wednesday, March 19, from 9-10:30 am, local legislators, artists, and cultural district stakeholders will convene at The Mary Baker Eddy Library for a MassCreative public hearing. They’ll be tackling the FY2015 budget, with perspectives from the individuals and institutions affected. For the morning’s agenda, click here. The Mary Baker Eddy Library is located a […]

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Reminder! Tomorrow’s talk at the Peabody Museum!

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

Join Kevin Gover, the Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, tomorrow at 6 p.m. for a free talk and reception. Here’s the invitation for more details! You are invited to attend a 6:00 PM public talk and reception on Wednesday, October 9 at the Peabody Museum, “”Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth,” with Kevin […]

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Exhibition Opening next Monday!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 3, 2013 in events |

Join Historic New England and the Boston Society of Architects for the opening of Boston City Hall: Drawings by Kallman McKinnell and Knowles. The reception will be held next Monday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200 in Boston. To attend, RSVP to rsvp@architects.org with BCH 10/7 in the subject […]

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Games, games, games…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 27, 2013 in education, food for thought, technology |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Games have been on my mind a lot this week. I know a lot of people who spend their incredible brainpower building games for museums, like Kellian Adams Pletcher with Murder at the Met, or Susan Edward with the Getty’s Switch (which I admire for its incredible simplicity!). I’ve even built a few games […]

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Learning from 100-year-old Museum Education

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 25, 2013 in education, food for thought |

Check out this amazing story from the Sunderland Museum. In 1913, their curator came up with a program for blind visitors–adults and children–to let them explore objects. Architectural columns, historical gas masks, and scores of natural history specimens were included. Make sure you scroll to the end of the article to see the clay models […]

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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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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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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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How Museums Respond

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 16, 2013 in emergency preparedness, food for thought |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Museums talk a lot about being members of their communities, meeting niche needs and providing unique third spaces. Today, some of the museums in Boston stepped up beautifully. Below is just a rough screen capture snapshot of how our community responded to the Marathon Monday bombings. Starting with the Boston Children’s […]

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Save the Date for the “The Wonder Smith”

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 11, 2013 in events, tufts events |

Explore the children’s book illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff as curated by students from the Tufts University Museum Studies Program. On view from May 6-19, 2013, this is the first solo exhibition of Artzbasheff’s folk-inspired and whimsical illustrations. The exhibition showcases over 40 black-and-white works—many accompanied by excerpts from the fanciful stories they depict—that convey the creative […]

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Guest Post: Historic Houses as Holiday Rentals

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 28, 2013 in museum topics |

by professor Kenneth C. Turino Using historic houses as holiday rentals is nothing new in Europe. The National Trust of Britain, the Landmark Trust of Britain, and English Heritage among others rent historic properties from cottages to portions of castles. Here in the United States the idea has been slow to develop, but this is […]

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Events next week!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 10, 2013 in events |

Here’s just a small sample of the events happening next week. Mark your calendars! Thursday, January 17 Boston EMP (Emerging Museum Professional) Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Hotel. PS: They’re looking for new leaders and volunteers, so this is a great opportunity to find out more. Gardner After-Hours featuring “Midwinter Tropics”: sample sangria, […]

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LAyouth explains “Why Museums Suck.”

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 31, 2012 in education, museum reviews |

Howard, a 15-year-old, self-described museum-hater, reviews 5 Los Angeles area museums. Definitely worth a read and, if you look in the comments section, you can see that a lot of museum folks have been reading! http://www.layouth.com/why-museums-suck/

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Global, local, and the visitor we can’t see.

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 28, 2012 in conferences, museum topics, professional development |

This weekend, the Tufts Museum Studies blog will be joining the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in a global discussion. This 5-day conference brings together 50 young leaders from across the arts (dance, theater, and museum) to meet with experts. Three of the questions on the table have been sent out for bloggers in the field […]

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American & New England Studies Material Culture Series at Boston University

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 28, 2012 in material culture |

A terrific-sounding series, relayed to us by Museum Studies certificate alum Gretchen Pineo, who’s doing an MA in Historic Preservation at BU right now. The American and New England Studies Program Announce Their 2012 Conversation Series: MATERIAL CULTURE Please Join Us For the First Meeting Dale Broholm, Senior Critic of Furniture Design & Daniel Cavicchi, Associate Professor […]

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“Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 26, 2012 in interpretation, workshops |

Great event, free to the public. Check it out, and if you go, write us a recap for the blog! The report they’re talking about can be found here. “Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service” In 2012, the Organization of American Historians released a report critically examining the state of […]

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Food for Thought: Should Museums Accession lolcats?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 9, 2012 in food for thought, technology |

Go and read Suse Cairns‘s fascinating exploration of native digital objects and art, and how museums can think about them and deal with them. Bonus interview with Tom Woolley, New Media Curator at the UK National Media Museum. (He’s responsible for a Life Online gallery that has a constant video of memes on it. If […]

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Cambridge Open Archives Tour

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 22, 2012 in archives, collections |

I heard from some attendees last year that these are an absolute blast. They’re certainly a rare opportunity to get behind-the-scenes. Cambridge’s Fourth Annual Archives Crawl   The Open Archives Tour is a chance to go behind the scenes at a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. This year, twelve archives will […]

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Drinking About Museums @ the Museum of Science

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 9, 2012 in exhibition design, meetups, technology |

Do you like learning about museums? Do you like talking about tech prototypes and new ways to interpret exhibits? Do you like the Boston Museum of Science? Do you like hanging out with clever museum people? Then come to the monthly Drinking About Museums event tomorrow, May 10, at the Museum of Science. More details […]

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Food for Thought: Architecture With a Purpose

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 24, 2012 in architecture |

Check out this TED talk by Joshua Prince-Ramus. He and his architectural firm have designed a number of cultural spaces through a process he calls hyper-rationality, by listening to the needs of the space and providing the flexibility in which to serve the public. I was particularly struck by his responsiveness to the social aspects […]

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Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 11, 2012 in exhibition design, tufts events |

Save the date! This years Exhibition Design class has been hard at work on a brand new exhibit at the Tufts Art Gallery, and they’re holding the reception on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Here’s their announcement: Save the Date: Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn […]

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Here and There: Interesting Women in Boston’s History

Posted by Sarah Margerum on March 13, 2012 in events, Uncategorized |

Here: First, visit Historic New England’s Otis House on March 18 to learn about the Williams sisters who ran a boarding house on the site in the later half of the 1800s. There: Next, visit the Paul Revere House on April 22 to learn about Rachel Revere’s struggles during the Revolutionary War. Visit Historic New […]

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Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Summit

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 9, 2012 in emergency preparedness, learning opportunities |

Something about the idea of emergency preparedness appeals to the obsessively organized part of me. Do you feel the same? If so, you might want to check out this upcoming meeting. New England Regional Summit Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions COSTEP MA is pleased to announce a second summit meeting for the New England statewide […]

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Survey on Contemporary Objects in History Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 7, 2012 in collections, future of museums |

Please take a few minutes to help a fellow museum studies student out. Leslie Howard, who’s completing an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard and is NEMA’s Membership Manager, is writing her thesis on collecting contemporary objects. Do you have an opinion on whether museums should collect contemporary objects? Do you work at or know […]

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More on AASLH’s Museum Education Workshop

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 10, 2012 in education, workshops |

We already mentioned that there’s going to be a terrific AASLH workshop in Boston in March; here are some more details to tempt you to sign up. The registration for AASLH’s Museum Education 101 workshop scheduled for March 15-16 in Boston, MA, is now open at www.aaslh.org/workshop.htm.  The workshop is hosted by Historic New England […]

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Here and There: I Hear Music

Posted by Sarah Margerum on February 6, 2012 in events |

Here: First, attend Gardner After Hours: Equinox and be sure to add on tickets for the Tribute to Lena Horne concert when you purchase online. There: Next, attend How Creativity Works at the Museum of Science which includes drinks, activities, and most importantly, a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. Visit the Gardner to purchase […]

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Designing an Exhibit: The First Ladies

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 30, 2011 in exhibition design, technology |

The Smithsonian has more resources than most of us can dream of, but what really impresses me is the way in which they put their resources to work. Their blogs are fantastic. They mix in stories from interns, volunteers, donors, curators, registrars, and many other staff members to present the whole story of an institution […]

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Davis Art Museum @ Wellesley College: New Gallery App

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 23, 2011 in technology |

Wellesley alum Hannah Heller, who’s now an MA candidate in Museum Education at Tufts, sent us this great video about the development of the new app for the Wellesley College art museum. It looks like an interestingly interactive model, prompting visitors to really engage with objects on a thoughtful, emotional level.

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Here and There: Get Your Hands Dirty

Posted by Sarah Margerum on December 19, 2011 in events |

Here: First, drop in between 11am and 2pm on January 28 at the deCordova’s one day installation, Snowdecahedron. Join local artist Dan Sternof Beyer and participate in making snow sculptures. There: Next, sign up for a two day pottery workshop at Fuller Craft Museum on February 8 and 15. Suitable for beginners, this workshop covers […]

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Here and There: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Posted by Sarah Margerum on December 12, 2011 in events |

Here: First, sign up for Drawing in Pubs, a ten week session hosted by the MFA that meets in a different pub each Thursday and covers basic drawing skills in pencil and ink. Open to all levels over age 21. Next: Get your tickets for the Gardner’s After Hours Opening Bash on January 19. Be […]

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Here and There: Holiday Fun, Museum-Style

Posted by Sarah Margerum on November 21, 2011 in events |

Thanksgiving break is almost here and it’s time to start planning special holiday activities. I’ve done the research for you and narrowed it down to the six most promising events of the season. Please see museum websites for further details. 1. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2-4, 9-11 […]

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Here and There: The Real Housewife of Beacon Hill

Posted by Sarah Margerum on November 14, 2011 in events |

Find out about exciting local exhibitions and programs that make a connection with “Here and There.” Here: First, attend Historic New England’s “Women of Beacon Hill” walking tour, dedicated to four centuries of fascinating women. The tour features a diverse group of women activists, educators, and philanthropists, including Hepzibah Swan. The group visits the exterior […]

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Experimonth

Posted by Amanda Gustin on November 9, 2011 in technology |

Margaret Aiken, Program Developer, Lifelong Learning at the Science Museum of Minnesota and M.A. Museum Education (G’10), invites museum studies students to get involved in Experimonth, a month-long blogging experiment that brings an artist, a scientist, and citizens together to use data and observation to make meaning. Experimonth is a program that was created at […]

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Here and There: Ancient Life and Love

Posted by Sarah Margerum on November 8, 2011 in events |

Find out about exciting local exhibitions and programs that make a connection with “Here and There.” Here: First, encounter remnants of everyday life in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in “A Day in Pompeii,” at the Museum of Science. There: Next, head up to the peak of Mount Olympus and spend some time among the […]

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Artist-Endowed Foundations: An Emerging Force in Cultural Philanthropy

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 21, 2011 in events, learning opportunities |

Panel Discussion and Reception Artist-Endowed Foundations: An Emerging Force in Cultural Philanthropy Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 4–6:30pm Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge Please join us for a groundbreaking panel discussion on the emerging role of artist-endowed foundations as a force in cultural philanthropy and in stewarding America’s postwar and contemporary art patrimony. The […]

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The New Media Consortium Horizon Report

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 10, 2011 in future of museums, technology |

The New Media Consortium, which produces the Horizon Report, is compiling information for its 2011 Museum Edition. If you’re not familiar with the report, you should be! The Horizon Report is a good, succinct overview of emerging technologies in various fields. They categorize innovations by their “horizon” – how soon it will be before a […]

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NEMA YEP Birthday Party

Posted by Amanda Gustin on October 7, 2011 in boston emps, events |

The New England Museum Association’s Young Emerging Professionals Professional Affinity Group (that’s NEMA’s YEP PAG, if you prefer acronyms) is turning one year old this fall. To celebrate, they’re having a book club session, some fabulous speakers, and cupcakes. Sound awesome? Read on. Book Club Second Meeting and YEPs Birthday Party When: Wednesday, November 9, […]

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Meet the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

Posted by Sarah Margerum on October 3, 2011 in events |

New guest poster: Sarah Margerum is a certificate student at Tufts, and a volunteer at the Cambridge Historical Society. Meet the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House: I know, it’s a mouth full, but that’s what happens when a house has been around since 1685 – it passes through quite a few hands. The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House at 159 Brattle […]

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Cambridgeport History Day

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 30, 2011 in events |

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 […]

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Guy Fawkes Pub Night @ The Old State House

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 28, 2011 in events, meetups |

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 […]

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Free Historic Sites around Boston

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 16, 2011 in events |

I’ll copy this right from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, because they say it best. But the gist is that they gave $1 million to 14 Boston-area sites, and now those sites are opening up for free or reduced admission on Saturday, September 17. Got it? Now read more. Don’t miss Partners in Preservation […]

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Rhizome and the Digital Age

Posted by Zoe Salditch on September 1, 2011 in collections, learning opportunities |

Welcome to a new guest poster, Zoe Salditch, who turned her Tufts internship into a full-time job at Rhizome! In this day and age, our cultural artifacts are increasingly born-digital. Your papers, for example, are no longer hand written, ink on paper objects but instead a .doc file saved on your computer’s hard drive. For […]

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Museum Tech Meetup in Boston

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 30, 2011 in events, professional development |

Ed Rodley is an exhibit developer over at the Museum of Science and author of the terrific blog Thinking about Exhibits. Go add it to your blog roll right now; I’ll be here when you get back. Okay! Welcome back. Anyway – Ed organized a museum tech meetup in May, and I was not on […]

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Capturing Community Opens Today!

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 10, 2011 in events |

Please think fondly today of your fellow students in the exhibitions class as they iron out last-minute details for their exhibition opening tonight. They’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to bring this wonderful collection of photographs to the Tufts Art Gallery. (Well, we hope not too much blood. Or any, really.) […]

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Cleanup Day at Chesterwood

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 29, 2011 in events |

I can’t be the only person who thinks this sounds like a ton of fun, right? If anyone is interested in going, comment here or email me and I’ll coordinate rides. Volunteers Needed! Please join us for a Volunteer Clean Up Day at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA on Saturday, May 21st , 2011 from 9:30 […]

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Celebrate the Royal Wedding at the Spellman Museum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 28, 2011 in events |

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts is celebrating the royal wedding with a special exhibit of stamps commemorating British royal weddings. The museum will also be toasting the royal couple on their wedding day, April 29, with sparkling grape juice and free British stamps for all young visitors. The exhibit […]

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Exhibit Opening: Capturing Community

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 26, 2011 in events |

The exhibit opening for Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England is just two weeks from today! So the answer to the question, hm, I wonder what I’m doing on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. is “I’ll be at the Tufts University Art Gallery, eating good food, listening to a […]

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Save the Date – Opening Reception for “Capturing Community”

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 13, 2011 in events |

Save the Date: Opening Reception of Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, and with a gallery talk by Markham Starr at 6 pm Black-and-white photographs by Starr document dairy farming in Connecticut, trap fishing off the coast of […]

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