Small Stories in the Big Picture: Open House: If These Walls Could Talk.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Benjamin P. Filene, Associate Professor and Director of Public History (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: When is a small story a big story? At the beginning of 2001, the Minnesota Historical Society set out on a five-year-long quest to find out. The journey culminated this January in the opening of a major new exhibition at the Minnesota History Center, “Open House: If These Walls Could Talk.” The exhibit tells the story of a single, ordinary house on St. Paul’s gritty East Side and all the people who made that house home—from the German immigrants who built it in 1888 through the Italians, African Americans and now Hmong who have followed: one house, fifty families, 118 years.

Additional Information

2006 Brooking Paper on Creativity in Museums essay competition published on the American Association of Museums website:
Language: English
Date: 2006
Exhibition, Minnesota History Center, Open House: If These Walls Could Talk

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