Author Archives: T.H. Gray

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.

420 For the Founding Fathers

Curator’s Comment: In honor of 4/20.

Nope. Just Nope

Remember just after the Patriot Act bill became a law when librarians said no to the sitting President? Well now it’s everyone else’s turn. And it seems our National Park Service is leading the way.

If you haven’t heard, nine parks have banded together to as the Alt National Park Service. They have a Facebook page and a Twitter page. Their basic message goes like this:


If you share this view and want to support them, you can add your name here.

And if you need a moment (and who doesn’t right now?) here are the minutes from the Initial Meeting of the National Parks Revolutionary Coordinating Committee.

By the way, where are the history parks in all of this? Facts matter and you help preserve them. Time to step up and join your natural park sister sites in preventing fear and foolishness from becoming the American way of life!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A little something for those who like to share Pilgrim history on Thanksgiving…


Happy Independence Day!

It’s America, celebrate the day however you want.

A Day in the Life of an Art Museum Phone Operator, in Haiku

Actually By Maia Brown-Jackson

From The Toast

Are you real? Well, yes.

Is it raining outside now?

…I’m in a basement.

The Dali show, from

seven years ago, I missed.

Can I still go now?

Who replaces your

American flags? May I

speak with them? URGENT.

We close at five. If

I arrive at five, when would

I need to leave? Five.

I found a Miro

in my attic. Can you buy

it? Not at all fake.

Picasso found in

gated community yard.

Definitely real.

Dental assistant

calls about tooth art that should

be in the museum.

I want to bring my

mini horse to the museum.

That should be fine, right?

Read the Rest

The Background to Medieval Agrarian History

Curator’s Comments: A full transcrip of these talks can be found here.

Happy Flag Day!

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