Exhibiting Racism: How collections of difficult cultural heritage are (not) being presented at two universities in the Midwest United States

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Exhibiting Racism: How collections of difficult cultural heritage are (not) being presented at two universities in the Midwest United States

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2022-12

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This paper is about the study and practice of presenting cultural heritage material remains of systemic racism, a form of "difficult cultural heritage" that challenges the "dominant culture narrative" with a "negative self-history". A literature review defines terms, situates the subject within museum history and trends, shows how it is relevant to current scholarship, and connects it to contemporary U.S. cultural debates and museum practices; thus revealing an industry-standard framework that can be used in the exhibition of difficult cultural heritages. This framework is then applied to current exhibition practices at two Midwest university organizations -- the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, and the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan -- concluding with recommendations for the organizations, followed by discussion and reflection.

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University of Minnesota Capstone in partial fulfillment of the MPS in Arts and Cultural Leadership Program. Advisor Margo Gray. Director of Graduate Studies Thomas Borrup. Fall 2022. Degree: Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership. 1 digital file (pdf).

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Hammer, Jennifer K.. (2022). Exhibiting Racism: How collections of difficult cultural heritage are (not) being presented at two universities in the Midwest United States. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/250335.

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