Touching History: Richard Rabinowitz on Curating America

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Sun. March 26, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Richard Rabinowitz (Curating America: Journeys through Storyscapes of the American Past), in conversation with Ed Ayers, will discuss his work in creating more than 500 history museums, exhibitions, and educational programs, including how one shapes and informs the narrative, making history touchable. The discussion will take place at James Monroe’s Highland, whose public interpretation was significantly revised in 2016 due to new research on the property.

Why should you attend?

“Richard Rabinowitz takes us on a fascinating journey through the recent past, offering lively anecdotes and vivid illustrations to illuminate the making of public history as a profession and the development of many of the most celebrated historical exhibits of the last three decades. A wonderful, intellectually stimulating book.” –Robert Gross, University of Connecticut

“Richard Rabinowitz is a brilliant pioneer, the most creative designer of history museum exhibits in the United States, and a superlative writer. This book, which distills his incredible forty-year career into one volume, is a must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of the museum as an interactive place, understanding how we now engage with our past, and learning about the man who helped orchestrate the rise of public history.” –David Thelen, Indiana University, Bloomington

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