15 Social Media Tips for Museums and Historic Sites

Now more than ever possibly digital engagement is necessary and important for museums of all sizes. I compiled the below tips before the corona virus pandemic, but they hold true even in these strange times. I know these are trying times, but I believe museums have a lot to offer the public now as alwaysContinue reading “15 Social Media Tips for Museums and Historic Sites”

We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet: History of “Auld Lang Syne”

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” This is the classic song sung on New Year’s Eve after the ball drops in Times Square each year, and all aroundContinue reading “We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet: History of “Auld Lang Syne””

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Time for Scary Ghost Stories

“There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow There’ll be scary ghost stories, and tales of the glories of, Christmases long, long ago.” A Christmas classic, this 1963 song by Andy Williams describes Christmas traditions, including some we no longer practice. What do scary ghost stories have to doContinue reading “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Time for Scary Ghost Stories”

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside:” Context & Controversy

Last holiday season controversy erupted over a radio station’s decision to ban “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” And this year, John Legend & Kelly Clarkson’s new version has stirred up opinions on the song once again. What is the controversy all about? And what’s the context for the original song’s lyrics? Read more below about theContinue reading ““Baby, It’s Cold Outside:” Context & Controversy”

The Monster Mash: 3 Interesting Facts About the Halloween Classic

Monster Mash. It was a graveyard smash. Monster Mash was released in 1962. Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard Capizzi and recorded by Pickett and “the Crypt-Kickers.,” the single hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from October 20-27, 1962 and has been a Halloween favorite ever since. The song features Pickett doing an […]

“I Put a Spell on You:” From Radio Ban to Disney Movie Favorite

What are the origins of a popular song that has become a Halloween favorite? A breakup, a blues singer, and a drunken recording session. A song many know because of its numerous cover versions, “I Put a Spell on You” is now included on Halloween playlists, owing partly to its inclusion in the movie HocusContinue reading ““I Put a Spell on You:” From Radio Ban to Disney Movie Favorite”

National Museum of African American History & Culture: A Rave Review

The National Museum of African American History & Culture is one of those museums that pulls you in and keeps pulling you in. From the outside, it stands out, strikingly different from all of the other museums, monuments, and buildings on the National Mall, creating a welcome visual focal point. Entering feels like going intoContinue reading “National Museum of African American History & Culture: A Rave Review”

#PlayLikeAGirl: 5 Pioneering Female Drummers

The US National Archives’ #19forthe19th Instagram Challenge is highlighting women’s history for 19 weeks in celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. This week’s theme? #PlayLikeAGirl I decided to take a look at pioneering female musicians who play instruments specifically female drummers, who continue to remain aContinue reading “#PlayLikeAGirl: 5 Pioneering Female Drummers”

District Sights: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

On the hunt for a convenient, quick, and close-by lunch spot between our visits to the National Air & Space Museum and the National Museum of African American History & Culture, we wandered into the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on our way to the Pavilion Cafe. With bad weather looming, we made ourContinue reading “District Sights: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden”

District Sights: The National Air & Space Museum

Reflections of a Public Historian in a Science Museum My husband and I recently took a long weekend trip to Washington, D.C. to visit my brother and see the sights. We had both been twice before and seen the monuments and some of the major museums, so this time we had a pretty specific listContinue reading “District Sights: The National Air & Space Museum”