Today’s “What We’re Reading” post comes to you from Colleen Sutherland, recent Tufts Museum Studies graduate and previous co-editor of the Tufts Museum Studies Blog.
Although this article is a news article, and not a strictly academic article, I still think it’s important to read. While we often talk about the importance of discussing difficult topics or involving community members in exhibitions or collections committees, sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to reach out (or who to reach out to). I think this article does a thorough job of examining how the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, not only involves the voices of the Native communities around Maine, but also touches on the importance of providing frontline staff with the tools to answer sometimes intrusive questions.
Do you have any thoughts or ideas on this subject? Have you had experience telling difficult stories in your museum? What worked and what didn’t? Let us know in the comments below.