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Museum in America : Innovators and Pioneers: Innovators and Pioneers - Edward P. Alexander

Museum in America

Innovators and Pioneers: Innovators and Pioneers


Published: 28th November 1997
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The American museum was not born, but made. Visionary museum innovators transformed the private curiosity collections of the 19th century into today's public institutions of education. The Museum in America recounts the colorful histories of thirteen leading figures from the formative period around the turn of the century. In the lively style of Museum Masters, Edward Alexander tells the stories of pioneers in history, science, art, and general museums. For any student or museum professional interested in the history of the museum, this volume is the place to start.

Forewordp. 9
Introduction: Toward a Definition of the American Museump. 13
Develops a Model Natural History Museump. 19
Perfects the Habitat Group Exhibitionp. 33
Standardizes Functions of the Art Museump. 51
Brings Modern Art to the Museump. 67
Makes a Historical Society Reach the People of a Statep. 85
Preserves Important Sites Throughout New Englandp. 101
Uses Visitors as Part of Museum Experimentsp. 117
Popularizes the First Children's Museump. 133
Expands the Neighborhood Museump. 147
Attracts the Community into a General Museump. 161
Plants an Outstanding Botanical Gardenp. 173
Founds a Varied and Popular Zoop. 189
Teaches a Pioneering Course in Museum Studiesp. 205
Epilogue: The American Museum Progressesp. 219
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780761989479
ISBN-10: 0761989471
Series: American Association for State and Local History Books (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th November 1997
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.34