Technical Leaflet 291: Telling Inclusive Stories When Your Collections Are Stuck in the Past

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Technical Leaflet 291: Telling Inclusive Stories When Your Collections Are Stuck in the Past is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. 

This leaflet discusses strategies for finding and interpreting inclusive stories at historic sites with limited or missing material evidence. Through techniques like interpreting absence, re-imagining existing collections, open storage, and sharing collections, history organizations can share more accurate and inclusive history by working with collections they already have.

Meghan Gelardi Holmes is Curator of the Gibson House Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Steven Lubar teaches American studies and public humanities at Brown University, and is Vice President of the Little Compton Historical Society in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Jessie MacLeod is an Associate Curator at Mount Vernon in Virginia, and was the lead curator for the exhibition Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

William Stoutamire is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and former Director of UNK’s Frank Museum.

Carrie Villar is the John and Neville Bryan Senior Director of Museum Collections at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Technical Leaflet 291
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Open to download resource.