Got Tech? How Small-town museums and historical sites can go digital

Professional Forum
Jennifer Snyder, Florida Humanities Council, USA, Mark Souther, Cleveland State University, USA

Community pillars and repositories of history and memory, many museums are struggling the face of an ever evolving technological landscape. Consultants for local museums have commented that small museums “lack all of the new technology platforms” and as a result these museums will “most likely fall further behind the industry and become less relevant to the intended audience.” By looking at recent digital initiatives from across the country, this panel will highlight ways in which museums can use this opportunity to not only jump on the digital bandwagon, but also reach a new and larger audience.

The Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, and the Florida Humanities Council are a few of the national and statewide institutions that are partnering with small town museums and historic sites through new digital initiatives. We will discuss twenty-first century solutions for museums and historic sites by examining interactive experiences that explore how we can leverage current collections/resources and thus highlight the pivotal role these institutions can play within the larger community.

Bibliography:
Museum on Main Street Websites:
http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/
http://www.storiesfrommainstreet.org/

African American Historic Sites Database:
http://www.aahistoricsitesva.org/
http://virginiahumanities.org/2014/05/uncovering-african-american-history/

Florida Humanities Councile:
http://www.flahum.org/

Omeka:
http://omeka.org/

Curatescape:
http://curatescape.org/

Small Towns and Big Cities: How Museums Foster Community On-line:
http://www.archimuse.com/mw2010/papers/allen-greil/allen-greil.html

You love the mission, so it’s worth it: big versus small museums, there isn’t equal opportunity:
http://theculturefeed.com/2014/02/04/you-love-the-mission-so-its-worth-it-big-versus-small-museums-there-isnt-equal-opportunity/

Local Museums Embracing Technology:
http://wamc.org/post/local-museums-embracing-technology