Weekend Work 8-6-12: Holy Hits Bat-man

We at the American Hysterical Society are speechless. Last week we posted our thoughts on the museum professional-reenactor relationship. After years of sitting on one or the other side of that table we wanted to share what we often thought about during those meetings. We clearly hit home: in one day we had 249 hits! Not only is that the best day we’ve ever had, but it’s also the best month total we’ve ever had (and it was only posted on August 1st). Thanks to Facebook the hits keep coming. Also thanks to Facebook we were able to read people’s reactions which seemed to agree that this was unfortunately an accurate reflection of how museums and reenactors work together.

Based on a non-scientific review of Facebook comments our audience was largely reenactors. We’re not surprised. Reenactors are a self-obsessed culture, who will read anything if it’s about reenacting. To be fair, museum people are just as self-obsessed. The difference is reenactors have a better sense of humor about what they do and they can laugh at themselves because they’re not trying to prove how professional and valuable they are. Of course,  unlike museum folks, reenactors don’t have to justify their salary or their position to a director or a board, which means they don’t have to worry about how they are perceived.

While we’re in a grateful mood, we would also like to thank Tracy at the Tracy Loves History blog for listing Peabody’s Lament as one of her favorite blogs (check out her sidebar). If you have a historical interest, Tracy has probably posted about it. Besides, she clearly has good taste.

Otherwise, we haven’t done much this weekend, what with the Olympics and all. Stay tuned for more fun this week and we’ll be back next Monday for more weekend work (by then we’ll probably have done some actual work).


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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