Weekend Work 10-28-13: New Collections, Our Namesake’s New Movie, and An Apology

How the time flies. It’s been almost three months since our last weekend work update. It’s not that we haven’t been busy, we just haven’t told you about it, which isn’t very engaging, we know.

We have added a couple of new items to our Links collection, including the absolutely hilarious (and honest) Ask a Slave series and the When You Work At a Museum tumbler (seemingly focused on art museums).

Thanks to Museums Askew we’ve added “The War of 1812: Canadian Edition” song to our Nineteenth Century collection on our Curator’s Cuts page. While the song is fun, the history is dubious.

Lastly we also updated our About page to more precisely reflect life here at the Hysterical Society.

As you may have reckoned, the Hysterical Society’s blog is named in honor of Mr. Peabody. For many of us he was our introduction to history. We hope to honor his many contributions through our humble work.

If you’re not familiar with him, here is the premier episode of Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman.

For those who haven’t yet heard of him before they will soon because DreamWorks is bringing out a new Mr. Peabody and Sherman film in March 2014, entitled Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Here’s the trailer, replete with his trademark punning and the bathroom humor all modern cartoons require (see if you can spot it).

Finally, we would like to apologize to the Center For the Future of Museums. Earlier in October they published a piece entitled “Jobs That Didn’t Exist in 2003.” We commented on the piece using language which was perhaps too strong and appeared to be too personal. Shortly afterwards, they published a follow-up which cited our comment as the extreme negative response to their original post. Unfortunately, because of our word-choice, our message was obscured. We were not dismissing Ms. Graslie or her work. In fact, we sincerely enjoy it. Actually we were dissing the CFFM’s habit of lumping all curators together as snobbish control freaks and their zealous assertions that futurism is anything other than a guess and that what’s happening now is completely different from what’s come before. Unfortunately, we came off as being disrespectful and they called us out on it. Which is funny because they were equally disrespectful in that very post and their follow-up comment regarding curators (but it’s ok, they’re the AAM and they’re here to support all museum professionals).

So we apologize to the CFFM for being too wordy. Next time, we’ll be clearer.

PS In the interest of historical perspective and to be fair, as you can see here, curators have had a bad rap for a long time.


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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