Weekend Work 9-10-12: World Histories, Updates, and an Italian Footnote

We’ve been busy these last few weeks rereading an old favorite: Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad or the New Pilgrims’ Progress, which is his non-fiction travelogue of an 1867 excursion to Europe and Holy Land. We forgot how funny and comprehensive it is. Twain takes on tourism, travel, heritage, history, myths, legends, religion, art, artists, tour guides, monuments, collecting, relic hunting, architecture, museums, museum fatigue, gentrification, translation, connoisseurship, archeology, fashion, and, of course, guide books. He does all of this in the one convenient volume, which makes it a fitting addition to the AHS’s Museums & History library page (since it’s centered around tourism, we figured it fit best with museums). Besides the Twain we added Tracy Turner’s A Comic History Of the World to the General Surveys library page.

Due to some responses we’ve seen online we also updated our Love Lost or Lost Love: Results Of The Museum Professional-Reenactor Compatibility Test with a couple of new answers.

On a sad note, the link to museumssuck.com seems to be broken. At least the site is no longer there. We earnestly hope it’s because they are migrating it to a new host, but who knows. For now we will keep the link on our blogroll.

Lastly, we found a rather odd link to our collection. Footnote #62 on the Italian Wikipedia page on the Shakespeare authorship question, Attribuzione delle opere di Shakespeare, is a link to Woody Allen’s “But Soft… Real Soft” here on Peabody’s Lament. We have no idea how they found us or why they included us, but we’re glad we could help. We don’t read Italian, so we’re left to wonder if they’re citing Allen as a real source or not. Even if they did, it’s better than citing Roland Emmerich.

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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