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    Museums and blogs : blogs and their efficacy.
    (2020-07-31) Holyfield, Kaitlyn, 1994-; McCray, Kimberly.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    Museums have been increasingly turning to social media to connect with new audiences, maintain open lines of communication with returning audiences, and to post updates on museum events. Blogs allow museums to make a deeper connection with readers by giving them space to write longer posts about objects and events, focusing in on museum-specific topics, allowing behind-the-scenes access to collections and programs, and impacting the profession by being a forum for other professionals to read and comment on new practices and ideas. But how can a museum start, and more importantly, maintain a blog? That is the question this project set out to answer.
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    Podcasting and museums : a how-to guide and object-based example.
    (2020-07-31) Howard, Sarah D.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    This project evaluates podcasting as an educational tool for museum programming. It evaluates audience demographics that are most likely to listen to and benefit from podcasts as well as the popularity of educational podcasts in general. Finally, this project gives a step-by-step guide of creating an object-based podcast for a museum's adult audience.
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    Archaeology 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.
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    John James Audubon : life, work & legacy.
    (2020-07-31) Hampton, Alexander.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    During the summer and fall of 2018, I worked with the Martin Museum of Art to design and produce the exhibit, John James Audubon: Life, Work & Legacy. To do this I broke the project into three main areas: design, fabrication, and installation. The first half of the summer was focused on the design of the space, which I created in SketchUp a 3-D drafting program. The second half of the summer was dedicated to fabrication. During this time, I created three pieces in the Mayborn’s woodshop that were used to recreate a period room. This included a fireplace mantle, a window, and a period delivery box for the subscriptions. Finally, the fall semester was dedicated to the install of the exhibit, and the programing that accompanied it. This project taught me how to carry out an exhibit from start to finish, and to work within the constraints of a budget. This is a useful skill to carry into the world of museums and will help immensely with creating future exhibits.
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    The roaring lion project : exploring word press as an exhibit space.
    (2019-02-01) Engstrom, Hannah L.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    Over the summer and fall of 2017, I worked on a project building a Word Press blog site to exhibit stories about women who have contributed to the fabric of Waco’s history. I researched about twenty archival collections from The Texas Collection along with other resources to find content for my website, I then worked through the process of building a Word Press site from finding a host to customizing the theme and writing the text. To complete the project, I explored various avenues to market the website and had it evaluated by five museum professionals who work for Baylor University. After completing this project, I now know how to build an easily navigable blog site around historical content which is a skill I can use to help museums I work for utilize this powerful tool to reach and connect with a wider and more diverse audience.
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    Creating a searchable history.
    (2017-06-22) Berge, Courtney E.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, I worked on a project for the Mayborn Museum Complex in Waco, Texas. For 6 months, I worked to archive the Mayborn’s digital born photographs. These images were taken at events, during renovations, and in the general running of the museum. My task was to find a place to store these images and make them accessible to the Mayborn staff. The first 3 months of this project involved uploading over 19,000 photographs and organizing them appropriately. To finish the project I needed to tag each image with applicable search terms and create a procedural manual, so the work I had been doing could continue. From start to finish I processed over 19,000 photographs and met with my project supervisor weekly to tag and identify images. Concluding this project, I have gained experience in archival standards for born digital files and the measures needed to ensure accessibility.
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    MAW museum 2.0 : bringing participatory programs to Waco.
    (2017-06-22) Doyen, Matthew.; Ames, Eric S.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    During the Fall of 2016 and the Spring of 2017, I partnered with the Museum Association of Waco (MAW) to create a Traveling Community Museum. The public outreach project was completed in two phases. In the first phase, we hosted creation stations at the Farmer’s Market and Cultural Arts Fest. The second stage was inclusively pop-up museums, which are temporary displays created by visitors, and was located at businesses around the city. The goal of the project was to spread an awareness of MAW, to promote a love for Waco, and to make an inclusive museum experience.
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    A curious collaboration : explorations in exhibition development.
    (2017-06-22) Norris, Jenna.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies.; Baylor University.; Baylor University. College of Arts and Sciences. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    This project focused on gaining experience in the exhibition development process and in planning and management of traveling exhibitions. The product of this learning experience was the creation of an auxiliary exhibit titled “Curious Creatures: Traditions of Animal Imagery” which was designed to complement the themes of the traveling exhibit “Sacred Journeys” by National Geographic. This report details the challenges and accomplishments over the course of this project which further emphasized the importance of adaptability and collaboration in the museum field.
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    Harding Black : rediscovered.
    (2016-09-08) Garland, Joshua Shawn.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    This project documents the effort to process and exhibit the Harding Black Collection. Donated to Baylor University in 1995, this collection of approximately 12,000 ceramic objects by the master ceramist and researcher Harding Black offers an unparalleled look at the development of the American studio ceramics movement, and Black's decades-long fascination with recreating ancient Chinese glazes.
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    Cleaning 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.
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    From private collection to public exhibit : designing a Native American Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
    (2014-09-05) Young, Kathleen Marie, 1990-; Caston, Ellie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    The project, From Private Collection to Public Exhibit, involved evaluating a large collection of Native American artifacts at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and using those artifacts to create an object-based exhibit. During this process an exhibit topic was formed, objects were chosen to be included in the exhibit, and text panels and object labels were written. The final product included a 49-page document featuring the correct text and object groupings, a 30-page object list with photographs and object dimensions, and a 2-page exhibit overview summarizing the exhibit.
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    Making a molehill out of a mountain : creating a policies and procedures manual for the Confederate Reunion Grounds.
    (2014-09-05) Salinas, Megan.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    The goal of this project was to assist Dixie Hoover, Site Manager for the Confederate Reunion Grounds (CRG) in Mexia, Texas, in creating a cohesive set of policies and procedures for the site. The CRG was recently transferred from being a part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife to the Texas Historical Commission. After the change in ownership, Ms. Hoover was left with a site that had no clear cut set of policies and procedures for day to day operations. While the Texas Historical Commission had some overarching documents that would apply to all their sites, there was a lack of documentation specifically pertaining to the CRG. Ms. Hoover was left in a difficult position of shifting through various policies, some that just don’t apply to her site, and some that are even out of date or obsolete to answer any questions that she or a customer may have. What I did was to take the documents that Ms. Hoover had and organize them in a coherent and easy to navigate document. The end goal was that this would be primarily an online document due to its size and need for constant updates. Both Ms. Hoover and I recognized at the beginning of this process that it would be a massive undertaking and would not be fully completed by the time I was finished. My purpose was to set up a document that will constantly be added to and updated by other parties than myself and would serve as a formatting and stylistic guide. By the time Ms. Hoover decided that I had reached a stopping point with this project, I had a manual that was 261 pages long and still not complete. This is definitely a work in progress and will continue to be added to and updated in order to match the CRG’s needs.
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    Art 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.
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    Take me to the movie show : curating and creating digital content.
    (2014-06-11) Lovell, Hannah Haney.; Ames, Eric S.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    The digital presence of museums has continually grown in recent years. This project examines the processes of digitizing a collection and creating digital content. The goals of this project were to select 155 pieces from the Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music, digitize them, and then to create audio files for a selection of these pieces. This project utilized the resources at the Riley Digitization Center and the Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University to both digitize and create content. This project serves as a reference for the processes and challenges of selecting and creating digital content.
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    Illuminating masterpieces : the Martin Museum of Art Collections Crowdsourcing Project.
    (2014-06-11) Hallinan, Margaret E.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    The Martin Museum of Art Collections Crowdsourcing Project was designed to assist in researching and managing the museum’s permanent collection. With a small staff and obligatory demands of basic collections care, changing exhibitions, and administrative duties, research of the collection becomes less of a priority among the managing of the museum. The project adopted a blog site as a forum to post images of the collection each week for volunteers to present accurate and insightful information on the identifying information on the works of art to supplement and support the research of the collections staff.
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    From vision to verity : the Mayborn Museum Complex Oral History Project.
    (2014-01-28) Sielaff, Steven K.; Caston, Ellie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    The Mayborn Museum Complex Oral History Project documents the capital campaign, design, construction and formal dedication in 2004 of the Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University through the use of oral history interviews. No prior effort to record this period of the institution’s history had been made at the time of this project. While certain primary source materials are available documenting various facets of this history, it was determined that the vast wealth of information rested in the memories of certain individuals who played key roles in the new museum’s development and creation. Therefore a pure oral history project, using primary sources as background research materials, was chosen as the ideal course of action.
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    Redesigning the Recycle Discovery Room at the Mayborn Museum.
    (2013-09-16) Knight, Kathryn B.; Caston, Ellie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    This project revolves around the redesign of the Recycle Discovery Room at the Mayborn Museum Complex. The room has been redesigned to expand the topic of recycling to include sustainability, thus the renaming of the room as the Sustainability Room. The project focuses on the process of design and the challenges that come with designing an exhibit.
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    From farm to market : digitizing the Confederate Reunion Grounds collection for public access.
    (2013-09-16) Galbraith, Danica R.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    This graduate project was completed at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site in Mexia, Texas, over the course of six months in 2012. The project included inventorying, cataloging, rehousing, digitizing, and creating metadata for the site's rich archival collections. The collections were then uploaded online through the Southwest Collection's website operated by Texas Tech University, and EAD finding aids were developed to be uploaded onto TARO [Texas Archival Resources Online].
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    Museums and exercise : a smart workout.
    (2013-09-16) Brown, Whitney T.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    In 2010, First Lady, Michelle Obama launched an initiative to combat childhood obesity called Let’s Move!. One year later, the First Lady expanded the initial idea to Let’s Move: Museums and Gardens. Many museums were motivated to become a part of the initiative by stepping outside of traditional education programs and exhibit topics and exploring new methods to help meet the challenge. For museums of health, this idea fits nicely within their missions; however, some museums may find that such a program falls too far outside of their mission. This project focuses on the creation and implementation of two pilot programs with the specific goal of incorporating exercise program offerings based on the museums exhibits and collections. This approach opens opportunities for more types of museums to offer such programs staying true to their missions. As background, numerous museum programs and exhibits that have incorporated exercise, both before and after the inception of the Let’s Move: Museum and Gardens program, are described. The results of this project provide recommendations for museums looking to incorporate a quality exercise program that uses exhibits and collections as the core of the educational experience. The pilot programs may also serve as a model for other museums hoping to create similar exercise programs and how existing programs may be further developed by embracing this approach.
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    Cleaning skeletons from our closets : the repatriation movement in the United States of America, New Zealand and Canada.
    (2013-05-15) McCarthy, Mary K.; Holcomb, Julie.; Museum Studies.; Baylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.
    This project explores the complex issues that still surround NAGPRA and offers current solutions to American museums struggling with them. The chapters examine the current state of repatriation efforts in the United States, New Zealand and Canada. The successful repatriation of remains in New Zealand and Canada is examined for key elements that made progress possible. The final chapter offers recommendations to American museums based on success in New Zealand and Canada.
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