Lynn McRainey, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Director of Education, and John Russick, Curator, explore the first steps taken by the Chicago History Museum in reaching out to a family audience and how the role of the senses and imagination informed that process. Plus, read more about their book, Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions, below.
Connecting Kids to History was recorded at One Size Fits All? Engaging Families in Exhibits – a workshop for museum professionals held November 15, 2010 at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, MA.
Connecting Kids to History | Part 1 of 2
Connecting Kids to History | Part 2 of 2
Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions
From the Description: “Kids have profound and important relationships to the past, but they don’t experience history in the same way as adults. For museum professionals and everyone involved in informal history education and exhibition design, this book is the essential new guide to creating meaningful and memorable connections to the past for children. This vital museum audience possesses many of the same dynamic qualities as trained historian—curiosity, inquiry, empathy for the human experience—yet traditional history exhibitions tend to focus on passive looking in the galleries, giving priority to relaying information through words. D. Lynn McRainey and John Russick bring together top museum professionals to present state-of-the-art research and practice that respects and incorporates kids’ developmental stages and learning preferences and the specific ways in which kids connect to history. They provide concrete tools for audience research and evaluation; exhibition development and design; and working with kids as ‘creative consultants.’ The only book to focus comprehensively on history exhibits for kids, Connecting Kids to History With Museum Exhibitions shows how to enhance the experiences of a vitally important but frequently the least understood museum audience.”
D. Lynn McRainey and John Russick, eds. Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions. Left Coast Press, 2010.