Museum Exhibits & The Imagination

American Stories Exhibit

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Staying in your museum teams, turn your attention to the American Stories exhibit. Instead of using a single hook artifact for its exhibit, it uses a series of hook artifacts to bring the audience into a particular period of history.

For example, the exhibit of an original Kermit the Frog puppet is used in order to discuss the way that television changed popular culture after 1945.

It also uses Benjamin Franklin’s walking stick as a hook to connect the audience to the revolutionary era of 1776–1801.

Now jot down your group’s ideas on the following questions.

  • How can physical artifacts such as these help an audience connect to a separate period of history?
  • What kinds of objects in use today could be used as hook artifacts for future generations?

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