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For pictures of this episode, click here. This week we meet with Deborah Gangloff, Executive Director of the Captain Avery Museum. The museum is located in the old home of Captain Salem Avery, originally a one-room cabin built-in 1859. Though the house has changed size, hands, and location a few times, it still houses some amazing items that belong…
 
For photos from this episode, click here. For the first of September’s two bonus episodes, we meet with Kristopher Battles, the Marine Corps Artist in Residence at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. We discuss how the creation of artwork for the Marine Corps includes a whole series of historical illustrations going from post-Vietnam all the w…
 
For pictures of this episode, click here. This week we are in New York speaking with Joseph Malek, the Visitor Experience Specialist at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. Join us as we talk about the (not so underground) Underground Railroad and the important role Niagara Falls played in the fight for freedom. The Heritage Cent…
 
For photos of this episode, click here. This week we are at the Historic Oakleigh House Museum in Mobile, Alabama. We speak with Marye Newman and Paula Lenor Web and learn about two significant works of art housed at the museum, which was built in 1833 on what was the outskirts of Mobile. Man in Brown Hat The first artifact is a painting created by…
 
For photos of this episode, click here. Today we are back in Nevada at the National Automobile Museum speaking with Jay Hubbard. Bill Harrah was an entrepreneur who created a money making empire in Reno that began with good ol' bingo. He became a very rich man who had the money and the passion to amass one of the largest collections of automobiles …
 
For pictures and a demonstration video about this episode, click here. This week we are at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond, Virginia, speaking with Ethan Bullard. We learn all about the wonder woman Maggie Walker: A strong black woman who was the Nation's first black female bank president, a civil rights activist, an advocat…
 
For pictures of the episode, click here. This week we are at the University of Nevada, Reno (my alma mater!) speaking with Garrett Barmore at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum. Speaking of mouthfuls, we learn all about the helicoprion with its spiraled jaw, as well as John William Mackay and his spectacular silver collectio…
 
For pictures from this episode, click here. Part 2 For the final installment of our two-part series from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, we meet with Ben Kristy, the Collections Chief and Aviation Curator. We discuss the incredible restoration stories of the World War II Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber and the Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-3…
 
For pictures from this episode, click here. Part 1 This week we meet with Owen Conner for the first in a two-part series at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Conner is the Curator of Uniforms and Heraldry and talks to us about the interactive immersion exhibits in the museum, as well as one of the most iconic photographs in Marine history. T…
 
For pictures from this episode, click here. This week we meet with Julian Charity in a single room museum entirely dedicated to one amazing woman: Virginia Randolph. Miss Randolph began her young adult life as a teacher and never left that role, developing new curriculum’s for black schools that would be adopted county wide. " However, this day was…
 
Pictures of today's episode can be found here. Today we meet with Kaitlyn Dykes to talk about why there is a Dutch museum in the middle of a small town in Delaware. Zwaanendael Museum was built in commemoration of Delaware’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. The small whaling colony only lasted for a year, when an…
 
For pictures from this episode, click here. Today we speak with Elizabeth Karcher, the Executive Director at President Woodrow Wilson House. This home, built by architect Waddy Butler Wood, was home to President Woodrow Wilson and his wife Edith Wilson until her death. Upon her death, she bequeathed the home to WHERE to be preserved as a historic h…
 
For pictures of this episode, click here. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is just what its title implies, an old WWI torpedo factory turned into an art center, one with the largest collection of artists under one roof in the country. Today we meet with Alyssa Ross to talk all about this building’s amazing history and transformation from a war equipm…
 
For pictures and relevant episode links, click here. Today we meet with a real George Washington expert. Jeremy Ray is the Director of Interpretation at Mount Vernon, which is the former President's 18th century home. It has been fully restored and includes the estate mansion, four separate gardens, both the old and new tomb where George Washington…
 
For pictures from today's episode, click here. Yes, that is correct, it’s an entire museum about potatoes and it is absolutely amazing! In Blackfoot Idaho there lies a little museum with a huge love of potatoes! This episode we speak with Tish Dahmen about the spectacular Idaho Potato Museum. Do you think potatoes came from Ireland? Well do we have…
 
Part 3 of 3 For pictures of today's episode, click here. This is the end! Of the three part series I mean. This episode is the last of our time at the Calvert Marine Museum in Southern Maryland. Today I met with the curator of Maritime History, Mark Wilkins, and we talked all about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in commerce, wartime, and more…
 
Part 2 of 3 For pictures from today's episode, click here. Today we meet with Stephen Godfrey, the Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum in Southern Maryland. This is the second installment of our three part series featuring the museum, and we are very happy to bring you something a little different! Instead of selecting two items in…
 
For pictures from this episode, click here. This week is something really special: our first-ever 3 part special! For the next three weeks, we will be at the Calvert Marine Museum in Southern Maryland featuring an episode for their Estuarine Biology Gallery, Paleontology Gallery, and Maritime History Gallery. This episode will feature Perry Hampton…
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode8 This week we are in Mountain Home, Arkansas meeting with David Benedict at the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society. Not only do they house an extensive genealogical reservoir of family history data and multiple histo…
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode7 While visiting with Dorothea Barstow, I record this episode from the Sam Mudd House, known for the location where John Wilkes Booth received medical attention for his broken leg after the Lincoln assassination. Join us in hearing …
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode6 Deep within the Land Between Two Lakes, stands the Great Western Iron Works: a short-lived, history-rich iron producer. Driving through the Land Between Two Lakes (LBL), you drive right past this huge three-story-tall limestone st…
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode5 This week I met with Director Jan Peterson at the Cowboy Art and Gear Museum in Elko, Nevada. Surrounded by masterfully created saddles, brilliant bits and bridles, and cowboy illustrations, we talk about the history of the brilli…
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/halloweenbonus Happy Halloween! I thought it might be fun to include a short bonus episode in celebration of the spooky holiday! For this bonus episode, I read a portion of Lynn J. Buonviri’s book which describes the 15 criteria that were …
 
This episode was done in Carlin, Nevada, which is my hometown! I spoke with Ella Trujillo and Sabra Esparza about their journey in creating the museum, which actually began as a historic building was being destroyed, and the history of Carlin. From its beginnings as a railroad town to its journey as a mining town, Carlin has an interesting history.…
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode3 This week features the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nevada where I talk with D'ette Mossin about a very special bald eagle and the tragic City of San Francisco train derailment. Silver the bald eagle was a rescued eagle fro…
 
For pictures from this episode, visit my personal webpage here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode2 Today I traveled to Leonardtown in southern Maryland to talk with Katherine Davis about the town witch and the story behind a very special jar of dirt. Benjamin Hance is the only documented lynching victim in St. Mary’s County and…
 
For pictures from this episode, click here: https://www.curatorschoicepodcast.com/episodes/episode1 Today I visited the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Maryland. While interviewing Dan Bramos, we discuss their newest exhibit addition: a moon rock sample! Learn about how these stardust samples are collected, who gets to have them,…
 
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