In the Spring of 2020, Covid-19 interrupted our class, “Introduction to Museum Studies.” Everyone packed up with short notice and scattered across Atlanta, the country, and the world. Nonetheless, this awesome class finished its exhibit by meeting online, in chats, and through digital discussions. The instructions remained the same — each student created their own panel, as though they had their own museum wall. Because it’s a history exhibit, I encouraged students to include extra words, whether context, stories, or important quotes. With good luck, the physical exhibit will open in Fall 2020. In the meantime, please visit this digital version of “The Fab and the Foul: Atlanta in the 1920s.”
Exhibits from Carla Gerona’s Classes
In the fall of 2019, I taught an experiential digital history seminar called, “Revolutions in early American History.” The class chose to build a digital exhibit called, “Women in the Revolutionary War.” Here is a link to their website: https://revolutionarywomenofthewar.weebly.com/
At Georgia Tech I have been teaching a studio class called “Introduction to Museum Studies” for over ten years. Our main goal is to learn about museums and history as we construct an exhibit. The show topic changes every year. In the two sample exhibits above (one about Atlanta Parks and another about Stone Mountain) students created panels as though each student had their own wall of a museum gallery. In 2011, the class built that exhibit at Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. See the Architectural Tourist’s blog about this show: “A Paper Trail: The Travels of Dard Hunter”
Special thanks to Cindy Bowden and August Giebelhaus for conceiving this class, and to all the History and Sociology staff, chairs, and faculty for their support. Thanks also to Terry Kearns for documenting the 2011 exhibit.