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Transitioning into the Wider World

I’ve been putting off writing this post, and it’s probably because it’s hard to say goodbye. I hope that readers don’t mind the diaristic style of this last post from me, and I hope that my fellow graduates feel it speaks to their experience as well.

Three days ago, I officially graduated with a Master’s in History and Museum Studies. After listening to the various commencement speeches about what it means to be a Jumbo and how elephants always remember places they’ve been, my mom asked me whether Tufts feels like “my school” now, or whether I feel a stronger connection to my undergrad alma mater. Looking around the green, I realized I don’t feel a very strong connection to Tufts University as a whole, although I’m proud to have been a part of it. What I do feel is a strong connection to the individual pieces of Tufts that made up my experience.

I feel that Tufts Museum Studies Program and the History Department are “my school.” I feel a connection to the Education and Art History departments, too, because of my close working relationships with the faculty and students there. I feel that Tisch is “my” library, and East is “my” academic building. These are the institutions, and pieces of institutions, I feel faithful to, and I will have fond memories of. So yes, Tufts is my school, even though as a grad student and a commuter with a day job, it took me almost two years to figure out what Dewick is,* and I never figured out where it is. I think that ten years from now if someone asks me “did you go to Tufts?” I’ll say, “not just Tufts — Tufts Museum Studies.”

It’s a very exciting time in my life, because I am also in a job transition; soon I will be starting a job at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. I absolutely have my Tufts education to thank for helping me become qualified for this new stage in my career. A good professional program isn’t just about helping students launch their careers, it’s really about preparing them to be good at their jobs, and I am both hopeful and confident that Tufts has done that for me.

From September 2013 through March 2015, I wrote a monthly-ish column for this blog called “The Wider World,” which discussed ways that we as students could explore the relationship between museums and their wider communities, even while we were in our school bubble. Now I’m leaving the bubble, and I plan to continue to reflect on this relationship.  I hope that you will join me.

I’m pleased to announce that two museum studies students will be taking over the blog from me, Colleen Sutherland and Jess Camhi. Even if you don’t already know them, you may have seen their exhibits in the Koppelman Gallery as part of “Focus: Experiments in Photographic Interpretation” this past month. I am excited to be passing the baton into their capable hands.


Over and out (on this channel),



*Dewick is a dining hall.

Discount for Tufts Students and Alumni at “To Kill A Mockingbird”in Boston

Old South Meeting House, a history museum in downtown Boston (and the workplace of a number of Tufts students and alumni!) is offering a special discount for our upcoming screening of To Kill A Mockingbird. Check the Tufts Museum Studies Facebook group for the discount code, or email


March 26 at 6:30pm: To Kill a Mockingbird
Admission $8 — enter the discount code to get up to two tickets for $5 each. Discount applies only to tickets purchased in advance.
Tickets available at
Light refreshments will be available for purchase
Doors open at 5:45pm for members, 6:00pm for general public.


Join us for the first annual ‘Movies at the Meeting House’ series. During 2015, Old South Meeting House will show three films based on books that were banned in various locations throughout the US, including Boston. Promoting free speech is a key part of Old South Meeting House’s mission – and our free speech policy was formally announced in the 1920s, when the banning of multiple books, magazines and plays by Boston’s Watch and Ward Society had spawned the term “Banned in Boston.” Soon after implementing its free speech policy, Old South Meeting House hosted a forum on the banning of Eugene O’Neill’s play Strange Interlude in Boston. In honor of this literary and free speech history, we have chosen to celebrate works once silenced for their controversial content in our first ‘Movies at the Meeting House’ series. Grab a friend and come enjoy the historic interior of Old South Meeting House like never before!

“My Intentional Practice” blog competition by Intentional Museum

Calling all Students!  Enter our second “My Intentional Practice” blog competition

Intentional Museum is happy to announce its second student blogging competition!  We believe thattomorrow’s museum professionals will shape and change the field through their unique perspectives and new ideas, and, because of that; there is a lot we can learn from students.  New voices keep us on our toes and encourage us to consider alternate viewpoints.

We think a lot about intentional practice and would like to hear how students think about intentional practice and the impact it can have on the visitor experience.  To that end, we ask that you reflect on the following question: Through your intentional practice, how do you help museums enrich the lives of others?

Perhaps you find joy in drafting a collections care plan, ensuring that objects and artifacts are around for many generations.  Maybe you spend your time thinking about how museums can better use digital opportunities or social media to expand their reach beyond the traditional walls.  From museum education to exhibitions, visitor services to administration, regardless of your focus, we want to hear from you.  We often reflect on our professional experiences on Intentional Museum, but we appreciate the personal connection.  We want your blogs to tell a story, to speak about your experience, and to highlight your unique insight into the museum field.

·         Bloggers must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate program and have an interest in museum practice.

·         Blogs should be no longer than 500 words and written in a conversational style.  Avoid jargon and academic language to ensure clarity.

·         You are welcome to share how the work of others has influenced your practice, but this isn’t required.  If you include quotes, be sure to include citations.

·         We have no idea what the winning blogs will look like – if you look through our past posts, you will see we tell stories, share academic insights, and sometimes we are funny.  We want to hear your story, so let your passion show.

·         Check your work carefully for spelling and accuracy.  While no one is perfect, winning blogs will be error free.

·         Email your entry to <> by5:00pm (EST), Friday, March 13, 2015.

RK&A staff will review all entries and publish the top one or two responses on the Intentional Museum blog.  Winners will be notified and announced at the end of March.  Winning blog posts will be shared with our readers in April and May 2015.  Winners will also receive a copy of one of our favorite museum books, Stephen Weil’s Making Museums Matter, with a personalized note from Randi.

How to Enter:
·         One (1) entry per blogger, please.

·         Send your blog as a Word document attached to an email.

·         Include your name, school, degree program and expected graduation date in the body of the email, with the subject line “Intentional Museum Blog Competition.”

·         Please do not include your name/identifying information as a header to your blog entry.  Each entry will be assigned a number to ensure unbiased review.

·         Email your entry to <> by5:00pm (EST), Friday, March 13, 2015.

Other Important Information:
·         RK&A reserves the right to edit winning blog entries for content and length.

·         Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond with their contact information for book delivery.

·         Books will only be mailed to those in the United States and will be sent via the US Postal Service no later than May 1, 2015.

·         If a winner does not respond in the allotted timeframe, an alternate winner will take his/her place.

·         Winners will be asked to submit a picture of themselves for publication with their blog.

Still have questions?  Contact us at <> , or ask in the blog comments!

Emily Craig, Research Associate, RK&A

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Happy #MuseumSelfie Day from the History/Museum Studies MA class of 2015!

When everyone in your cohort is in the history department lounge at the same time, you have to document the occasion. We’re not in a museum, but we’ll call it a #museumselfie because it happened on Museum Selfie Day.



Weekly jobs round-ups will be back in 2015

Weekly jobs round-ups will return after the New Year. If you need your job postings fix before then (I completely understand — I’ve been there) here are some museums job boards you can check out:

HireCulture – Jobs in the Humanities in Massachusetts

HistPres – Unique Historic Preservation Jobs

Museum Employment Resource Center

Job HQ – American Association of Museums

American Association of State and Local History Career Center

New England Museum Association Jobs

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