The thought of doing a history harvest during Mardi Gras is what scary to me honestly. Taking oral histories from men who have been drinking nonstop since the Sunday before Fat Tuesday could be a very daunting task. When reading Doing Oral History: a Practical Guide, I understood better why oral histories might be better while the act was happening instead of taking them on a later date. In the section “Is it better to interview immediately after an event or wait until years later?” the authors describe the advantages and disadvantages of taking oral histories immediately or waiting a few years to do so.
I was really inspired by the “From Twitter to Spotify” article. The fact that the museum made their own Spotify playlist so that visitors could hear different songs in different areas of the museum was so cool to me. This summer while walking through the mansions in Newport, RI it would have been so awesome to listen to music that would have been played in the ballroom while walking through the ballroom. I liked how they used different social media platforms to show different aspects of museum life, Instagram being for behind the scenes content, Flickr being for the art lovers, etc.
We could definitely use some of these techniques when it came to museum on the move. Spotify could be used to show different music played at the different Mardi Gras events through out the state, Instagram could be used to show behind the scenes pictures and updates of what’s happening during the exhibit design and building process, and other social media platforms could be used for community involvement as well.
As stated in “An Introduction to Digital Strategies for Museums” it is important to engage the visitor by keeping up with the current trends. If you want people to enjoy the museum and/or exhibit, it has to be relevant and relateable to the incoming crowd.