We Have Museum Cafes, Why Not Living History Workouts?

They can double as hands-on interactive experiences.

Curator’s Comment: The American Hysterical Society does not endorse the above company, products, or regimen.


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

2 responses to “We Have Museum Cafes, Why Not Living History Workouts?

  • Tamara

    They already do this in my agency. One of the sites does an early morning farm chore program. Of course, the site that does this program is in a more urban part of the state. In my part of the state, many of our visitors have done the farm chores at home before they come to visit us – they are less likely to be interested in doing them again!

    • T.H. Gray

      Does your agency’s site have an Amish drill sergeant too? It makes sense that a “crop-fit” program would work in urban areas, and not as well in rural. Living history is only interesting to people for whom it’s solely history.

      Thanks for visiting the Hysterical Society!

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