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Item"The ace of clubs" : a social and architectural history of the Draughon-Moore House, Texarkana, Texas, 1885-1985.(2008-10-15T16:30:00Z) Henderson, Ashley S.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.The Draughon-Moore house in Texarkana, Texas is a nationally significant example of Victorian architecture. Built in 1885, the unusual design is an adaptation of the little-known octagonal style of architecture. It also incorporates the widely popular Italianate style, serving as an example of this style's diffusion to Texas in the late nineteenth century. Today, the house is preserved as a museum. Despite its significance, the history of the house has never been fully documented and it has rarely been included in scholarly studies of Victorian architecture. This thesis explores the structure's architectural history and analyzes the trends in nineteenth-century architecture that influenced the distinctive design. It also compiles a comprehensive history of the three families who lived in the home to create a better understanding of their life within the unusual structure. Finally, the work discusses various ways the architectural and social history of the house can be presented to museum visitors through interpretative themes. This thesis serves as the most complete record to date of the history of the Draughon-Moore house and lays the foundation for future research and interpretation. ItemThe African art collection at the Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University.(2011-05-12T15:47:04Z) Ramey, Megan Lotzenhiser.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.The objective of this project is to add to the Martin Museum's knowledge of its African Art Collection, improve its condition, and make it more accessible to the public. Little has been formally recorded about most of the eighty objects. Even the accuracy of what is known can be questioned. Many of the objects were purchased from the back of a station wagon in the 1980s: problems resulting from this will be examined. Improved care of the African Art collection will be achieved through cleaning, storage, and updated records. The outcome of the project will provide the Martin Museum of Art with more information on their collection, making the collection a valuable educational resource. ItemAlternate reality games in small museums.(2011-09-14) Mauger, Heather.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.Museums need to think creatively to attract and retain a young adult audience. One way museums are addressing this is by creating Alternate Reality Games (ARGs). Unfortunately, there is minimal research and application of ARGs in museums, especially small museum. This project documents the research, development, and implementation of an Alternate Reality Game at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas. I also surveyed the museum field in regards to their opinions on Alternate Reality Games. ARGs can be a great programming option for museum that have the resources to create one. However, in small museums ARGS are particularly challenging to due to the lack of time, resources, and support. ItemAnalysis of current practices in natural history museums’ in the interpretation of mammoths with implications for the Mayborn Museum Complex.(2021-08-11) Yard, Maree M., 1990-; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Walter, Charles H.For this thesis I gathered current practices in the interpretation of mammoths by sending a 14-question survey, distributed to U.S. natural history museums. My purpose for doing so was to inform my recommendations regarding future exhibit renovations at the Mayborn Museum Complex. I have recommended a three phase renovation plan for the museum, supported by the data collected. The first phase centers on the Mammoth Site exhibit, to be implemented immediately. The second phase encompasses a new exhibit in the former Extinction Hall, for in the near term. The third phase is for the future Natural History Hall, to be facilitated in the long-term. Specifically, I made recommendations regarding the types of interpretive methods that should be included in the exhibits and possible exhibit themes. Of the 12 methods of interpretation offered on the survey, five could be included in the future exhibit development of the Natural History Hall at the Mayborn Museum Complex. The five methods of interpretation that could be used are the articulated mammoth skeleton, individual fossils, replicas, images, and staff/ volunteer demonstrations. ItemArchaeology and museums : a project in two parts.(2020-07-31) Rose-Bean, Kirstin J.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.This professional project consisted of two parts, the Albright Artifact Collection Inventory Project and a research paper, “Archaeologists in Museums: A Collaborative Model.” The first part consisted of the production of a digital inventory and final report regarding the archaeological materials housed at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem. This catalog and report included a number, a brief description, some photographs, and provenance information (wherever possible) for each object. While several artifacts had no ascertainable provenance, it was possible to connect many of them to four excavations led by American archaeologists connected to the AIAR. The catalog produced and the report submitted will be used by Albright administration to inform future conservation and care of the objects. The second part of the project consisted of a research paper that investigated the current state of collaborations between museums and archaeologists, with an emphasis on exhibits, and suggested a new model for exhibit collaborations. A literary review and two case studies evaluates current collaborations between archaeologists and museums. The paper finds that most current collaborations are large-scale programs and exhibits, requiring extensive financial resources, developed after excavation is complete, which are not easily updated. This paper concludes by proposing a new model for a small-scale collaborative exhibit that could be done while excavation is ongoing, could be easily updated, would require fewer resources, leading to more up to date collaborative exhibits that can be accomplished by museums of any size. ItemArchives and libraries at The Museum of Flight.(2017-06-22) Person, Hanna E.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.My internship focused on managing materials in both the library and the archive at The Museum of Flight. The library received a grant to process the manual collection and input data into their MARC database. I cleaned, rehoused, cataloged and organized hundreds of manuals. In the archive I began the process of properly archiving the G. Harry Stine collection. I roughly organized the materials and created an accurate inventory. Then I came up with a plan for how the collection would be processed and created an itinerary for how the materials would be organized going forward. ItemArt framed by archives : building a special collections archive at The Grace Museum.(2014-09-05) Dietz, Amanda Faith.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.Although archives and museums may be viewed as institutions that have little to do with each other, both entities acquire and preserve objects of cultural importance and make them accessible to the public. This project focused on the intersection between museum and archival theory and practice through the exercise of setting up a special collections archive at The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas. The two main goals of the project were to arrange, rehouse, and describe the Clint Hamilton Papers and to draft a processing manual for future special collections archival work. A one-page summary of the project was prepared for the board of The Grace Museum and several presentations were given to staff, board members, and potential researchers from the community. The successes of this project included seeing the recently processed archival materials used in an exhibition, increasing awareness in the community of the value of archival materials, and providing recommendations for future use and development of the archival collection. ItemThe art of soda : a summer spent in the collections of the Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute.(2017-06-22) Calcote, Madeleine.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.During the summer of 2016, I completed a twelve week collections internship at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in Waco, Texas. My project was to process a donation from 2012 and determine which items should be accessioned into the museum’s collection. When I accessioned objects into the collection, I created a record in PastPerfect, wrote an object description, wrote a condition report, supplied dimensions for the object, photographed the object and housed the object in collections storage. Over the summer I accessioned over 500 objects into the museum’s collection. In addition, I worked on the inventory for a large donation, which allowed me to be a part of each step of processing a donation. I also helped with tours, summer camps, and events as needed. During my time at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, I learned how museums process donations and I became very familiar with PastPerfect. ItemArt, Science, and History: A Summer in the Rio Grande Valley(2023-05-22) Valdez, Andrea; Holcomb, Holcomb; Museum Studies; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum StudiesIn the summer of 2022, I interned at the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) and the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory). At IMAS, I was hired as a part-time educator and my responsibilities included facilitating educational programs and exhibits, creating a collection’s manual for the organization of the educational objects, and aided in the evaluation of a community pilot project. At MOSTHistory I worked with the Education Coordinator to create onboarding documentation and docent training. Both museums are in Rio Grande Valley, located in the southernmost point tip of Texas consisting of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy County, home to over 1 million Hispanic Americans. My learning goal for these experiences was to learn how institutions with Hispanic audiences implement DEAI initiatives in their daily operations and strategic planning. Reinforcing the skills I learned in the Museum Studies program, I was able to bring my expertise in evaluation, education, and collections management and explore facilitating programing in a bilingual multicultural environment. ItemAt the crossroads of education and reality- my experience at the Poage Legislative Library.(2015-05-26) Swanson, Erik J.; Ames, Eric S.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.The W.R. Poage Legislative Library was established in September 1979 and honors the legacy of former Congressman W.R. Poage. The library boasts 12 congressional, 8 state legislative, 4 judicial, and several other collections all designed to tell the story of Texas legislators and government officials. The mission of the Poage Library is to, "support programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, and the general public ion the history of Congress, the legislative process, and current issues facing both local, state, and national governments." The internship was designed to provide a real world museum experience and compare how the education at Baylor prepares its students. This insight would be invaluable to the faculty and future students. The results of the internship provide a unique look at how the museum studies department transitions in the work force. As expected, there were some resounding successes, such as the exhibit design portion of the project. However, it also highlighted problems that the museum studies program does not cover, with the most notable example being how to compromise with a director who is less trained in museum preservation techniques. ItemAn atomic summer at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.(2020-07-31) Matheson, Connor.; Walter, Charles H.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.This PowerPoint examines an internship held by Connor Matheson at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History during the summer of 2018. With the goal of seeking a career in museum administration, the responsibilities held over the summer offered Connor a glimpse into the major departments of the museum and how they work together. Connor was able to gain experience working in the education, collections, and exhibits departments as well as working on a project with professionals from outside the organization. The PowerPoint explores Connor’s work at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, as well as some of the accomplishments and challenges Connor encountered over the course of his tenure as an intern at the museum. ItemBecoming a Pepper : my experience as the collections intern at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute.(2014-06-11) Nadeau, Rachael A.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.During the summer of 2013 I completed an internship in collections at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Institute in Waco, Texas. For my internship I processed a large incoming donation while also completing other duties as assigned such as working on exhibit design and educational programs for the museum. In this paper I discuss my various experiences and the methods I used while completing my internship. I also focus on the various issues that I encountered while processing the donation and how I chose to address those problems. Overall, my internship was a rewarding experience and an in depth look at collections management along with the various other aspects of museum work. ItemBeing human : my summer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.(2016-09-08) Clark, Emily Ruth.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.In the summer of 2015, I worked as a Graduate Intern at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX. Two days per week, I worked with the School Programming department observing, teaching, and developing community outreach programs. Another two days each week, I worked with the Public Programs department, specifically the Gallery Experience team, who works within the galleries to help with crowd control, answer visitor questions, and interact with guests to help them learn about exhibit content. I was able to assist the Gallery Experience team in writing a staff training guide for the Being Human Hall. Lastly, one day per week, I spent time working with the Volunteer Services department at the Perot, which manages over 1300 active volunteers. Overall, my experience provided insight into the workings of a large and successful science museum. ItemBoxes and boxes, missing context, and an avocational archaeologist : making sense of the Frank Watt collection at the Mayborn Museum Complex.(2011-05-12T15:19:51Z) Bischof, Robin E.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.Museums often find themselves with more collection than they are capable of properly inventorying, documenting and cataloguing. The Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University has one such collection of Native American artifacts and documents collected by Frank H. Watt, a local archaeologist. The late Watt worked many years as an avocational archaeologist in Texas. Examination of both his collection of papers and Native American artifacts led to the discovery that some of the documents corresponded with particular objects. By matching the two collections, Frank Watt's papers are linked to actual specimens, and the objects are united with their history, giving them context in a written record. This project combined both collections and archival work in addition to research regarding the life and writings of Frank Watt and a brief review of Texas pre-history and early history. ItemBringing the Mayborn Museum Complex discovery boxes into the 21st century.(2011-05-12T15:21:11Z) Buonafede, Maria.; Caston, Ellie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.Museums have realized the sustaining benefits of school partnerships over the last fifty years and are better meeting the needs of teachers through outreach. This project focuses on one successful outreach program employed at the Mayborn Museum Complex in Waco, TX called Discovery Boxes. Discovery Boxes are thematic kits containing related 3-D objects, media, books and lessons to aid teachers in science and social studies. This project consisted of redesigning elements of selected boxes based on evaluation from area classroom teachers, in order to increase their accessibility and effectiveness. In order to evaluate these boxes, interviews were conducted with six elementary school teachers who had previously used the Discovery Boxes. The feedback provided from these teachers guided the redesigning of the boxes; and the same teachers then used the redesigned boxes in their classrooms. The teachers evaluated the redesigned boxes and made further recommendations. This project also includes a brief literature review of museum-school partnerships and outreach throughout history and the specific development of Discovery Boxes at the Mayborn Museum Complex. The results of the project provide recommendations to staff at the Mayborn Museum Complex for the continuation of redesigning the remaining Discovery Boxes. The process and recommendations can also be used as a model by other museums with similar outreach programs. ItemBubbles, fizz, and pop : my summer at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute.(2017-06-22) Chavira, Alyssa Nicole.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.This internship was focused on education and public programs at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute. There were three main components to my internship. The first was assisting and facilitating with two summer camp sessions and eventually leading the third session. The second was conducting tours and various public programs for field trips and visitors. As part of this, I was one of the first to lead a new interactive demonstration program. Finally, I developed monthly “Pop-Up” activities that revolved around various themes and holidays for visitors to participate in while they toured the galleries. I was very happy with how the internship was conducted, and I felt like my skills and abilities were challenged and honed. ItemA case study of the Colonial Revival, collecting, and museum making in Texas.(2005-05) Clark, Eleanor K.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.Miss Ima Hogg dedicated her life to creating a cultural and historical legacy in the state of Texas. An avid collector and patroness of the arts, she was responsible for the creation of three museums, each unique in purpose. This master's thesis discusses the life of Miss Hogg as the daughter of a legendary governor and as a philanthropist, but most particularly as the founder of three important museums. Hogg's interest in collecting art and antiques began in her youth and continued until her death at age ninety-three. The intent of this thesis is to demonstrate how her collecting progressed over several decades and to compare and contrast the Vamer-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, Bayou Bend, and the Winedale Historical Center. Further, this thesis will analyze the evolution of her thinking about museums and evaluate the degree to which she reflected the expectation of her social class and the age in which she lived. ItemThe Civil War as it relates to museums in Texas : four case studies.(2013-09-16) Rebman, Michael P.; Holcomb, Julie L., 1963-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.The purpose of this paper is to investigate the interpretive methods and narratives used by the Texas Heritage Museum, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Texas Civil War Museum, and the Pearce Museum in Texas, in order to determine how they interpret the Civil War and the involvement of Texas. By studying the objects, text panels, and other elements of the exhibits through a combination of observation and interviews with executive staff at the museums, the case studies reveal that the museums employ a combination of academic and popular history. The juxtaposition of older and modern museum methodologies demonstrates a lack of unity within the museum field in Texas. ItemClassified : title redacted : my internship at the George Bush Presidential Library.(2015-05-26) Salvaggio, Amy.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.How does a presidential library differ from standard archives? How do best practices translate under federal oversight? My summer internship in the archives of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library highlighted these questions by exploring the delicate balance between privacy and access, the difficulty of operating under government administration, and the importance of flexibility, consistency, and teamwork. ItemCleaning out the attic : evaluating and refining the Heritage textile collection at Historic Waco Foundation.(2014-05) Childers, Rebekah.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.This graduate project was completed at Historic Waco Foundation in Waco, TX. The project consisted of the examination and evaluation of the women’s textiles in HWF’s Heritage Collection on an item-level basis. Objects were evaluated based on criteria in HWF’s Collections Management Policy. This evaluation primarily considered whether each object fit within HWF’s collecting scope and whether or not it was exhibitable. Recommendations for each item were given to the Collections Manager for presentation to the Collections Management Committee.