History from the People, for the People

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.

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I am a graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying Public History.

3 thoughts on “History from the People, for the People”

  1. I also really liked the article on the museum that used Spotify. We know that social media can be an amazing tool, but I liked hearing about the specific strategies for posts on each platform. My main concern for conducting History Harvests during Mardi Gras, since we will be in Mamou, had less to do with the drunkeness and more to do with the fact that some of us may be seen as “outsiders” to the tradition.


  2. Great post this week Abbie! I saw that conducting an oral history during Mardi Gras with drunken gentleman is a task that is wearisome to you. However, should you be forced to do one during that time, what advantages do you possibly thing you’d have in conducting an oral history in that situation?


  3. I was also really impressed with the way the Romanticism museum used social media platforms with each of them having a specific purpose or area of the museum to highlight. It bothers me when I see museums or businesses that have a bunch of social media accounts but because they can’t juggle all of them, eventually only one of them is getting updated while the others are fading from neglect.


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