Recorded Session: Justice & Museums: Challenging Your Collections

Recorded On: 10/14/2021

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Session Description

Justice & Museums: Challenging Your Collections is a Recorded Live Session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

Take a step-by-step look at how the Valentine Museum is doing justice in history through a commitment to active collecting and active deaccessioning that provides a framework for critically analyzing objects to reveal their histories and create room for new collections and diverse stories.


Chair: Christina Keyser Vida Elise H. Wright Curator of General Collections at The Valentine Museum
As the Elise H. Wright Curator of General Collections at the Valentine Museum, Vida is responsible for the maintenance, development, and interpretation of the general objects collection and preservation of the Wickham House. She is also project manager for the reinterpretation of the Edward Valentine Sculpture Studio, the 19th-century studio where Edward V. Valentine crafted many of Virginia’s Confederate and white supremacist statues. Vida received her BA in History from the College of William and Mary in 2005 and a MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware in 2007. Vida has previously worked in curatorial and education roles at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Windsor Historical Society (CT), and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (Virginia Historical Society).
Twitter: @thevalentineRVA or @christinakvida

Meg Hughes Director of Collections/Chief Curator at The Valentine Museum
As Director of Collections/Chief Curator, Meg Hughes is responsible for the overall management of the collections team at the Valentine. She is responsible for the museum’s archival holdings, including growth/refinement, digitization, research services and exhibition development. Hughes holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University and earned her Master of Science in Information (Archives and Records Management) from the University of Michigan. She has been at the Valentine in a variety of positions since 2004.
Twitter: @thevalentineRVA

Alicia Starliper Registrar at The Valentine Museum
As Registrar, Alicia Starliper is responsible for documenting the intellectual and physical control of the museum’s collection, enacting policies and procedures, and implementing institutional best practices. She oversees the deaccessioning program and served as an active contributor in the development of the framework for the collections review and refinement initiative. She has been working in registration and collections management for 8 years and received her MA in Museum Studies at Harvard University.
Twitter: @thevalentineRVA

Kristen Stewart Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume & Textiles at The Valentine Museum
As the Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume & Textiles at the Valentine Museum, Kristen Stewart is responsible for the preservation, interpretation and growth of the Southeast’s preeminent collection of costume and textiles. Her most recent exhibit, Ain’t Misbehavin’: 1920s Richmond (2020-2021), used costume, archives, and other objects to detail how the decade’s seismic social shifts unfolded against a backdrop of conservative values. Prior to joining the Valentine in 2014, Stewart worked on costume and fashion history at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Twitter: @thevalentineRVA


RECORDED DATE: October 14, 2021

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