Learn from the Experts: Exhibits (with National History Day)

Good evening and hello. My name is Lynn O’Hara
and I’m the director of programs for National History Day. We are
thrilled to be joining you this evening for our third in a series of five
hangouts to help our students complete their National History Day projects. what I’d like to do is to say hello and
your little shout out to everyone is hanging out with us live this evening for stop from washington state on the
west coast sailor to mark a messy he’s our
washington state NHD coordinator we have to school hanging out live with
us verse top students from Salem middle
school in Salem Indiana with their teacher missus dept right and
students from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with their
teacher miss nicole Roper and our guest presenter for this evening
is mister Brian Corrigan I he is an exhibit designer no hear more
about him in a little while at the moment what I’d like to point out
is our hash tag right below me the hash tag is and HD Hangouts with an
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this point I’d like to turn the program over to Karen can from the National
Endowment for the Humanities thank you lynn and thanks to all our
guests for hanging out with us tonight you’re gonna have a wonderful evening on before we get started I just wanted to
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divisional public programs projects we fun will sound very familiar
to history day students we find documentary films web sites and museum exhibitions including the one
featured tonight 1968 which was developed by the
Minnesota History Center in curated by tonight special guest Ryan
horrigan NH is proud to support 1968 the exit exhibition received a chairman
special or treats subtle smart and moving interpretation a1
America’s most trying to revealing in yet profound moments in our history
the groundbreaking research and oral histories with vietnam veterans
make 1968 a unique popular especially moving exhibition
sheer very fortunate to have Brian working with us to share his expertise brian has been exhibition curator at the miss Minnesota History Center since 1990 he has been responsible for many major
exhibitions including 1968 he also teaches at
Hamline University and is currently completing a book about
charles lindbergh welcome Brian thank you i everybody hi thank you so much for joining us this
night at this evening I’ll wife which cut this is exciting your or I’ll I wear their students are at point where they’ve done a lot of
research and they know a lot about their topic but they’re trying to figure out what
they need to do to start creating a museum exhibit minutes I wanted to see
if you could talk a little bit about what the kinda big ideas that you keep in
mind when you start to plan a museum exhibit well a it’s funny that this should be
happening today because just this afternoon I got from I’m working a letter new exhibit for a opening in April 2015 so more than like more like 15 months away but we are already exchanging between me and my exhibit designer we’re
exchanging today I am floor plans back and forth is giving me a floor plan I the I am I mark it up II Circle things I
scribbled all over it a send it back to him he said this is
great he cleaned it up made it look chretien
and I was struck me as I was thinking about it
thinking about this hang out tonight that that’s the kind of thing i think is
really critical I for starting as early as possible i
cant emphasize that enough I a as I said we are 15 more than 15 months
out from opening this exhibition it’s a modest exhibition it’s not a huge five thousand-square-foot project that
we are already my designer and I are already really
developing this space and that content taking about it in terms up the planet so planning planning planting I can’t emphasize that
enough I know I know it’s at kids I tell this
to students all the time but you know just get out there and
start I throwing things against the wall and see
if they step can you talk a little bit about what
makes a museum exhibit unique as compared to say a documentary
or paper I’m a little bit about things that
people that a student would need to consider because very exhibit has taken a stand
on its own so what kinds of things did they need to think about in terms of how a viewer will experience exhibit differently than other types of
projects um well you said two things there and
why I A I know I’ve judged History Day exhibits
many many times for more than 20 years a and I know they’re
supposed to be able to stand on their own but I also know that people experience
exhibits both you in my museum and at History Day they experience exhibits with other
people and Adi still have to use some have
slides up I had a slight about I think that I
was gonna talk about exhibit as a social experience is that let’s take a look at any age can pull
that up I what he talkin may take a couple
seconds to get it here these days when I go to museums among I always have my smartphone with me I
always we everybody takes pictures all the time
these days I take pictures if I’m allowed to even
sometimes but I’m not allowed to I and very sneaky I i take pictures of
people looking at the exhibitions I don’t take pictures
adjust the artwork are they objects I wanna see you the
body language I wanna see what people are doing a wanna see how their
clustering together I wanna see them talking to each other
because that is the experience so the exhibition
it’s a social experience its predominately it’s primarily a
social experience I know that this may sound a little
strange to history day students who are working really hard on graphic design and words and images and
what’s that subject those are the most important
things to do history a student’s right now but you
also have to think about the at the exhibit as an end product it’s sitting there on that table it’s
having a physical three dimensional reality people are coming around and talking
about it talking about it with each other
teaching each other and that’s exactly what museum people
have to plan for people in exhibits teach each other as much as the exhibit teaches you that make any sense absolutely I
think that you bring up a good point about thinking about your audience do you plan
exhibits based on certain types of audiences how do you consider your
audience in creating an exhibit we absolutely think about exhibiting
when we think about ought at audiences me think about it and
that’s the first thing that’s the second thing and it’s the third thing we think about a I I have a slide to
that effect do I know whether we’re gonna see sites are not but audience audience audience it’s like you know real estate agents are always
saying location Location Location the most important things about buying a
house well the most important things about doing an exhibit is your audience I who is it for what are they gonna get
out a bit be kind to them think about up them but don’t overwhelm them a ask yourself
who is this is for now in History Day your audience
your number what audiences your judges right you what them to be able to get your messages quickly as
possible as concisely as possible as persuasively as possible you really
are it’s an really outwardly directed focused on the
learner this the person standing there a you not get it you don’t wanna prove
that you know everything in the world you I think about the visitor a and you got visitors to history
exhibits just like I have visitors to my museum they it doesn’t exist as a little
academic art graphic exercise it’s a real thing in real space in real
time but just like my exhibits and you gotta
think about it in those charts I think you make a good
point that you have to kind of grabbed the audience and you’ve got a hug the
man and I think one of the challenges with
an exhibit is to make it visually appealing to get someone’s attention to make them
stop and want to read and learn and engage
with piecework what are some strategies that
the students can use to make their project visually appealing
and a hug that viewers I am well we a again I don’t know I we gonna kaelin are
we gonna see slides are not because I have some images that illustrate his
little better no let’s check with our partners at any
agency where we’re at with that where many technical issues but open to
share them we’ve also sent them to you lyn okay I had the NMR Q&A session try to
pull those up well one be a you know I’ve as I said I’ve judge yesterday a lot
over the years I think it’s evolved and I hope that the newest that students that are increasingly
thinking exhibits as three-dimensional experiences a heretofore they have been a basically
flat graphic exercises let’s call it a
brochure in through a three fold brochure on the
wall and you know that a really smartly
designed brochure with excellent visuals and
graphics and photographs said et cetera et cetera
those as a great but I also wanna see and I hope that
people will increasingly think the exhibit as a three-dimensional experience artifacts objects always a catch people’s attention
something three-dimensional is a call something people can touch and
hold that pickup something they can interact with a you know there’s its kinda it’s getting
old us all back but the old flip book the
idea that you have to do some work to get apiece information interact with the eight exhibit I’ll in
a physical way put your hands into exhibit I am you don’t wanna go overboard course you
don’t you don’t want to do things just that are cute and is a call and exhibit E just because you’re being trendy but you
want to do things that are that are persuasive at the same time the graphic display is probably going to
be the most important I’ll that most important thing that’s
gonna catch people’s I and their I know its students hear this
all the time History Day coaches you just don’t want
to overwhelm people with words and butts and just a blizzard information you want to
stay as focused as clear as possible I also like exhibits that I’ll that use inner inviting a who inviting ways love a hierarchy ng the information in other
words that that the top a the top phrase at
the tap text is something that sketchy it brings
UN and then the next level down is
something a little bit more detail in a bold face then the next level down
a text and information is more detailed
still and a it still all of them very very
concise but that topped one might be really
cleverly designed and kinda catchy phrase a don’t think about you gotta be
academic all the time okay I’m gonna double check with my
partners and the aged let me know if you can’t see but I believe that I have the spine up
about design angered inching just talked about a title am i clear can everybody see that yeah I I can see it anybody I think I just some showing some pictures here
this is that floor plan that I was talking about in the upper right that my designer was
getting to me you know we just slam these things out
you know design sketch out your your your a I don’t care how much work do you have
it done yet a on this you can start designing a in the old days exhibits used to be
completely worked out then you passed the offer to a designer
and and that was done at these days design
starts immediately you start thinking about how important
that shit physical representation at your ideas is Soden no harm done in just starting
some design as soon as you can I is the toys exhibit
here at the lower left that just an example up so kinda rich graphic try them out you know this isn’t
the final design we just whack these things out all time
okay can you talk a little about you gave us
this great picture oven 3d model that you created in advance I’ll and yet can you talk a little bit
about how you do that this is a in fact this exhibit I even for got no bitch I think this is
actually sort of the historic slide this is when we used a lot of foam core and
little models everybody loves doing these kinds of things are not everybody some people will be
like doing these 3d models cutting up phone call we had lots of
phone call or an exacto knives a people make little doll houses and
that’s great is you can really see literally three
dimensionality at an exhibit these days we you go back to the
previous lightweight with mocking these things up in on the
computer and there are there is less and less glue in less it’ll s
exacto knives and foam core but we week I know we can do a lot of
this realization a couple more slides may be two more next their ego this is a
three-dimensional no go back is a three-dimensional a the
1968 exhibit that you were talking about earlier
Karen I N this is our an early concept model that
own a computer up the exhibition just get these
elements down I you know I gave all the outlying to the
designer and then you know it be staying kinda look like
this and this thing kinda looks like that and then okay of you is off and running it comes
back with this kinda decide so it’s its early its sketchy its try it all out and it’s really
important okay let me ask a question I am about words one of our biggest
challenges faced by our students is the five hundred student composed word economic can you talk a little bit
about how to use words affectively and efficiently exhibits not a problem I what as a set in this
live here words it when you look back on and
working on an exhibit for a a long time you realize that you know I spent more time with my team
talking about the word its in that exhibit that I did anything else
and it’s because they they really do carry so much meaning I they it’s really it the real great at the exhibit is loaded onto
those a on those words so I think the 500 word limit on the History Day project is
wonderful and and the the less the better I think
make it as clear as possible I’ll chunked out as possible we thought
we’d all would like to talk about information
chunking these days your you’re probably hearing that
students all the time about and History Day coaches on but I took these pictures so the opening label and the closing label the new a exhibition at the History
Center where I work a on probation we didn’t do this exhibit
it came to us with the Adelphia but it’s i think it’s a excellent exhibit it’s got some terrific writing in it and
it’s got some terrific labels the one in the upper right is the
opening label and you can see how concise it is you can see also they’ve done just
something as simple and obvious as Bowl being in different color i’ve some really key
phrases I like that idea a lot it’s clear it’s
legible its a and then the closing label also
very simple short there’s a quote at the top um and it’s done in a really nice
hierarchical way with you know the the legacy a prohibition
and then is that mickey point and then next few
sentences below it also with some highlighting it really
nicely that a lot of people me is me included in people learn by reading other people’s
learn by other people learn by seeing other
people like to learn an exhibit other people but I am a reader and I so you do have to pay really close
attention to that those people who like to learn by the
words can you talk a little bit about the
pictures you have about too many yeah were you know have the dues on the
doubts about using words were a too many worries that’s one of our exhibits up in
the upper left that was our exhibit at 18 about 1862 Dakota US to go to war a its it was the most were I a I’m so glad I didn’t do this exhibit I
didn’t do that label because now nobody can blame me but it’s an exhibit the label a panel
about a treaty the treaty is about words and then so
the tree is up there and there’s even more words on topic those words I don’t think anybody read it I mean it
was it was a of putting visually you can just look at it and see
it it’s a blizzard upwards nobody in his right mind wants to stay
in bed and we get so what’s the point you defeated the point completely a you you driven people away so don’t do
that a me the I like the are exhibited there’s a little lunch
boxes down and in the lower section at this slide a I like the way this is from our open
house exhibit which also got any age funding among clever ways of making labels from better actually appropriate to the
content maybe that’s something you can think
about doing rather than just have a little panels on the on the graphics maybe put a label on
something we are in a different way that gets people to look at it um engages
them brings the man I like the catchy a.m. ceci opening
minds and the prohibition exhibit at that label that says will a lot right
there I love that I’ll you know makes you stop you need some I column speed bumps every now and then in an exhibit you
need it some speed bumps you to that you make people stop and take a look and then before they
move on you don’t want just the same graphic sameness throughout that then
people can so easily get Lawal danboard and walk
right by it okay were actually gonna go live to our
shoot a group in just a minute before we do that can you talk a little bit about objects and integrating
three-dimensional elements into History Day exhibitor into the
exhibits that you create it’s a real challenge I realize it is
today exhibits you’re you’re often tempted to stick with the graphics just the idea is and the a and the words words and images in other words like I
said it earlier that at is this exhibit just a big expanded
brochure three folds poster board it’s very tempting just to
do that poster board is a flat graphic I’ll and you know this very fine
exhibits adjudged over the years that do just that but if you can push to the next level
and make it somewhat think about it and somewhat more
three-dimensional ways I think you’re gonna draw people in a little better you do
have limits obviously with floor space in plans in size so you can’t go overboard but there’s
nothing like something three-dimensional to call
people in and even more this is uses kids in this big picture here
taking apart eighty a buffalo in an exhibit that we have now too big full-size model the Buffalo with
its innards you can pull apart and taking learned
how Indian people use different parts the Buffalo Wow it’s a
really really interesting interactive and we’ve
completely made it up it’s obviously not a real
Buffalo so interactive something physical
something tangible I put that word tangibility up there
it’s a keyword excellent okay at this point what I’d
like to do is shift away from the slides and shift to our first live school I’m going to turn things over to our
students at Salem middle school and see what questions you guys have for
mister harkin then I smile lead it right order how that’s a great question about how to
get the viewer to understand the order in which you want them to read well as I recall the History Day
projects you’re often coached and I think it’s
it’s a good idea a to decide what you think is the main
panel usually have three candles that people are working with I’ll use I dramatically different fonts to pull
people in really there is nothing a graphic
designer likes better a really good graphic designer will pay
attention to what they call white space it’s not lit not literally white but it’s the blank areas around words around images I and there’s nothing like good old white space to drop people’s I it is
something so if you really want that somebody to
read it something first think about it dramatically think about it I think about what the
word itself says you know is it going to be something clever something that will provoke people a
question is a good way to start I but also don’t forget about don’t cram
it all in leave some white space okay what other
questions do we have in Salem her E and grape that’s a good question how do you make
sure that your thesis is clear to the viewer who’s watching I I I well start now I write it down right now whatever your
thesis is and a and pass it around II and I tell my students is all the
time I I I I write a lot for exhibits okay I um but I have and I really I’ve been doing it for years but
I there’s nobody who doesn’t need in editor so don’t think your view is
being you’re not out there alone it’s not you
and your team alone if you’re doing it with other people you’ve got help all over the place and you just gotta you have to write it down
right now whatever your thesis is and try it out I it’s that practice practice practice
thing there will be people out there who will
help you hone and crash that message shorter is better if shorter is better punch year is
better if you for your thesis statement a
design will do nothing for you if the a it if the thesis statement itself
isn’t isn’t intellectually clear in New get
you get some help it’s the same with doing design you just
gotta get yeah I get out there really quickly soon
and start getting some critiques et excellent okay let’s see one more
question from salomon then we’re gonna go to West Catholic but I need to ask everybody who’s out
there live don’t forget tweet your questions we’ve got a list started and we’re looking for more selling
please try one more question you you he’ll missus right can you help us here we’re
having trouble hearing that question think what house into you get there he was not
get someone’s attention okay under some techniques to kinda grab
it hoped that audience and make them go wow I really wanna check this one out well you know size matters I am you have to be willing to give up I am maybe some information to blow something
up really big I am you know I’ve seen too many History
Day project that everything every little were every text
and every will text chunk and picture looks to be
the same size and um don’t do that its start eliminating those things again that’s in the design process you’re
gonna throw all those things up there is like when somebody advises you you
know you’re going on a trip to Europe are two your grandmother’s house or whoever
you’re going you pack your suitcase and then you go into the suitcase and
take every other thing out of it so that you
don’t you only have half as much to you don’t
need it that whole suitcase polished up you
should have half as much to our third is much so go
ahead throw everything up on that panel in
graphic in your design that you want to do right now and then take a third about blow up that really wonderful picture that you love
so much go ahead blow it up to that maximum size macomb big huge pod give up some at the unnecessary stuff and focus and that on
the really important step Cakery thank you let’s go ahead and is
sick turn things over to West Catholic what
kinda questions do you have for mister organic a good matchup I’m going to ask and actual he didn’t it but the next couple back because we
do operation to are good I’m so what kinda backgrounds your car backgrounds like no yet
different colors worries that is being blanco it okay bring think like that neon green zone the hot
pink I are sometimes seen thats kind and where
is gone with that question there’s at well color cuz colors a big
piece effective at making decisions about colors yeah I I’m gonna go with the collar I call I you know you it’s gotta be appropriate the imagery
you we could go back to that slide for 1968 nutz with that look like well the
nineteen sixties was pretty wild a you know it would have
been really untruthful content for us to do lotsa gray and white and black something
really tasteful think I know you know but at a republic
like me but we wanted something exuberant
even kinda bolder and flashy because that was the
content I am if your content and support lime green and hot pink then go for it
man if it’s you know if it’s if you’re if
you’re talking about the Holocaust I wouldn’t know it lime
green and hot pic okay in I just make sure
it’s appropriate but yes Scholar by all means use but you
can if it’s appropriate okay great what you
got a question from West Catholic hi my name is gearing and how many no
year are you at work how do you know you had
no information how do you know when there’s enough
information that your audience is going on understand
what the point was that you’re trying to get
across is what their can escape I’ll well this is all you know maybe the never heard that
maybe you’ve never heard the word in iterative process your order you know
it generations generative is no way we like to think a
bit rate weeks Desiree which seeks all by step and the at something we take something away
with add something we take lightly its iterative egos slowly and stepwise it doesn’t all happened at once so
you’re gonna I hope the really good history day rocket is
going to have a couple lived have a first draft
in a second draft it doesn’t doesn’t have to be done and
final don’t think about you know your final step to slap some stuff up there and then bring somebody and it says does
this make any sense you know are you getting this you then
you know what we do a lot in history museums these days is
audience research week we test out our pro I was talking
about this today about another project I’ve got cooking for three years from now three
years from now we want to do an exhibit but right now in 2014 we want to start testing whether that exhibit ideas a
really good work so we’re good we we just today started
talking about doing an audience survey a this topic then whether we’re gonna go
with it or not so you always want to be asking
questions put up your stuff in draft form and then stand there and make people look at it and and test
them you know you’re at you like you’re out there with a clipboard doing some research on
whether this is really working in Creek West Catholic go ahead what’s one
more question that you have ok you I’m I feel inquiry audio clip anything to me magic request hun actually turned over
to mark massey first to talk about audio and video
clips and how they can be held within the rules and then give us some suggestions on
when you might want to use it so hard tell us a little bit about audio
and video clips okay what you have my ok three minute match
that you can use for your audio clips an sometimes didn’t striper too much
leaner so you really can’t think about what is
the point in trying to make with using the audio clip in the first
place so when you’re using an audio clip mom I like to think that it’s like and
let’s say you’re interviewing somebody with Windows turns to ignite documentary
in the interview somebody you can actually hear hear the students
doing conducting the the asking the questions
on the interview often time what you see it as the student will have
to ask the local talked with another subject in
advance about home asking their didn’t you restate question along with her answer so when you’re using your audio clips
American is the interview you conducted going to just
show the personally you’ve interviewed their
response you need to show who your cell ask you a
question or hers I’ll ask you a question because I becomes the rules issue because you’re questions countered that
word limit so you don’t want to use that per se
when you’re doing on Yahoo almond audio be interviews for audio but you’re using a video clip from
something om I think you gotta be careful with are
you use that head make sure that it is relevant to
your topic and how it relates to the theme you know
you don’t want to throw something out there that doesn’t really matter just
because you’re trying to show you technical skill by imparting an audio clip in there you
go to you something that’s definitely relevant to your topic to the thing so I’ll Union you got you some caution
when using audio clips go to really make a point in an exhibit
especially a very quick yes I i’m this is Brian again I am I would echo
what Mark said on at it back to the question abuse in
color and they accept exhibit it is if it’s appropriate go for it on if it’s just to be adding some as don’t go at it it would be i mean if you were for
example if you were gonna do it a History Day project on the the history
ok television in the 1950s a and you didn’t have any television clips
that would be kinda strange if you if you were doing something about
from about radio and you didn’t have any
audio is true radio and you didn’t have any
audio then that that that would not be very positive you
would hard to do it a flat panel exhibit with no sound about the history of radio so use it if it’s appropriate and use it you know
really concisely follow the rules obviously you gotta
stick to the rules rules are there for a really good reason they’re gonna focus you okay let’s go to
some other questions that we’ve been receiving either via email earlier today or on
Twitter I’ll and the first question students were
asking about if we’re starting with the cardboard board should we use paint should we use
fabric and I wanted to see what creative are interesting suggestions you
might give students to kind of throw some originality to
their board in terms of materials use mark get us a level come back yeah Herberg you know and conquered the top
line it is and cucumber you gonna wanna do
something with cardboard arm he did you know thats you campaigned that’s good but you can
also use fabric arm you know that another the I’m interesting question but you gotta
do something does not just bring your brown cardboard but you gonna make it you gonna make it
look good mass murderer I would arm gold Ryan & ask him for suggestions on this well
again a you know and I think the best exit the
best exhibits are going to be things that use appropriate materials I that the material itself is gonna
support the message so a if you it you know if you if you doing
something a about the space program in the
nineteen sixties maybe you want to use some cheesy shiny looking aluminum foil
because all that stuff in the nineteen fifties look like aluminum foil to me I and it would be appropriate a you know you wouldn’t want to use
anything too slick because it was if you want to suggest
the atmosphere the 1960s so it’s back to this question a design
you probably everybody all your students have friends who were who are artistic types maybe you are
right but you got friends to who have a as we
call it be who have a good I for this so ask him you know what do you think
what is what is I’m touring exhibit about the sinking of the Titanic what do you think
what comes to mind visually when you think titanic a.m. you know it then you can start giving it
some a simple but but really suggestive visual richness K here’s a question and that we received
on the Twitter feed the student ask I’m thinking about using either
newspapers or documents as a backgrounds mean do you think that would
be too busy what are your thoughts on using more for
graphic background in a solid color well yes it might be a again if you are doing
is the history of let’s say a journalism it would be really appropriate to have a
newspaper backrest you’re gonna want to have it not ’em you might have it appropriate to
the time period which may be more difficult getting newspapers that looks you know appropriate to the nineteen
teens or twenties the other way of doing it is to Xerox
them until they are so you know they’re
really light colored and they just put a fade away and they
just give a kinda a a suggestion in the newspaper you can you can upstate down a lot a graphic backgrounds so that they don’t
start cluttering up the visual look up the at
the exhibit and just just offer that kinda suggested quality
I like that idea might be in the way to use on your
chronicling America articles yeah I’m let me just threw out one quick
may have gotten a couple questions on Twitter about size requirements for exhibits at that
planner for everyone to our handy dandy roll book if you go to page 15 all of the rules
about height in Witton are there I’m not gonna read
those out there now to make actions aware make sure you
have a copy about this you can download them on the NHD that’ll work I’m I have a question that came in about
how do I use a picture sometimes we see students say okay
here’s a picture Martin Luther King in how do you go from just putting a
picture on a board to really using it to help forward your argument in well you know it’s a your the enlarger is your friend right you
got is xerox machine that well in a large something in large it again
enlarge it again I you may lose some quality but you
might gain in some power at the average if it’s a really important picture to
you a crop it in large it focus on it make it a make it powerful I what you know what what grabs your
attention not something teeny in grainy and crummy something big in how powerful a so I if it’s course you can overdo this not every picture is the same and you know a whole panel for love overly
overpowering large images wouldn’t really be very effective but a balance between a again as I said
earlier size matters things there you go really pay attention
to the range of sizes images and text text blocks on yeah on History Day
panels are are graphic elements like a picture and you have to step back and look at it
and say well that’s that’s way too much are that had
thing over there so tiny and so far down there in the corner no one can read that be nice to your audience understand that day that you gotta pay attention to their needs so maybe in fact the bottom third have
your panel’s are not followed them from a ship
therefore I love something more graphic will be more
suggestive it’s hard to get down there and we
especially hard for old guys like me to get down on my knees and read the bottom
up is to read a paddle excellent okay after my next question actually
gonna start with mark on this one lasted ass I don’t quite get how to get
the rights and responsibilities be into my board can you talk a little
bit about 30 min ago love this team and how to help students integrated into
the argument well sewing think that the rights
responsibilities and what that means to you want to meet with your research you obviously are you select your topic
ok you got your topic it now you’re working on your research
so your research is going to lead to jeer
at least your thesis is going to really lead your
balances and then that’s going to lead you to
your conclusion to think about as different elements to to your topic think about how you’re
going to incorporate that into defeat rights responsibilities and then
you gotta bigger critical thinking PCR analysis
and interpretation of those time it all together what does it mean
and how are you who conveying this lunch here exhibit how are you getting
your point across you wanna make sure you’re getting your
point across stole that as branches so that the reader can see see your point you’re trying to bring
the drink you make and understand it without a while extra stop you know you gotta make it
simple but you gotta try and do nothing so I everything’s gonna be integrated
around the rights and responsibilities okay here’s a question from Twitter i’m
for Brian the question what he indicated how do I
display the barrel in law what might we have some ideas or
suggestions about how to display something and moreover 3d manner I get some old concrete and break it up the I have I happen to have like a lot
of people who traveled in Europe in the nineteen eighties I happen to have a lotta I have
some pieces up that Berlin Wall and by on my desk little I got to see it before it was torn down
and they sought after we started at so a yeah I mean what what is the Berlin
Wall mean we talking about the at the
destruction of the berlin wall that you want some chunks of concrete that are smashed into
pieces and barbed wire and graffiti sprayed it spray painted on
it that would be really fun Berlin Wall was covered with graffiti
I’ll you know in it its earlier days it was
pretty grim it wasn’t covered in graffiti but yet
but lb the overtime it kind of got more and more colorful
and more and more a our raunchy people were
writing you know nasty graffiti on it then
revolutionary graffiti it was pretty it was pretty amazing as a text a place where people
were really working out some real hard
feelings about politics in eastern your so yeah go for it the go over the top as it were okay next question from our
Twitter feed for mark as student is asking how do offer service do I have to credit
my sources in an exhibit and if so how do I do that I put the
whole citation under the picture mark can you talk a
little bit about that and there and will find the right to talk about
how you credit your sources in your exhibits you know I in I like to see him into a credit and
sources for pictures yes a home it it gives validity to who do the research so in it you know it can be very small but it’s good to have your pictures
credit to the in the exhibit it a nice include manner i’m just still a small harder the
picture but you also got this in the and the bibliography and explain why you
know the relevance the other but personally I like to see crowded pictures and an exhibit because
I think gives the gives it more %uh the lady inches it
shows that you know day you didn’t just tell the software
that you actually do you are hurting your source is another
very important thing with a history project skirting resources Ryan are you how do you credit your sources when you
create an exhibit I it changes every time we r you are obliged a if you using an
image a copyrighted images specially you have
your pledge to put the a the source effort but it can
be as small as you want it to be we sometimes crawl them up the side at
the at the pictures so it doesn’t at doesn’t
look too obvious you can gain the mall as we say we gang
the meaning we gather them all together into one little tiny panel on the lower corner at your if you’re bored I am you know picture credits and then run
them all together just so that you shit you give some hint
that you are some indication that you have credited something somewhere on the on the board but and I think even if
it’s not on the board but its in your paper your a your process paper that’s also really necessary part to be History Day
project that’s also that’s another place to put it okay time for one more question of the
Twitter feed neck student asked about interactive’s are doing some kind a
project that involves a strike and they said if I pushed right poster or if I record
myself saying strike strike strike would that be interactive so from a
professional museum designer is that interactive or what ideas might
you suggest to that stood I it an interactive Israel i think im interactive is
something that’s literally interacted you you you can touch it you can hold it I you can pick it up you can open it flip
it whatever I am it is it engages the you were with the content in a
physical way allotted week we we’d in our history
museums we’ve got a lot of learning from children’s museums Childress children like Taylor children
learn but many children learning best when
they get when they’re given something to do and you can take away more knowledge if
you’ve done something to get that knowledge and that’s true of a lot of people grown
ups as well as chilled so I would I I would urge you without
being overly cute and without straining at it but think about is there any way I can
make anything in this exhibit interactive physical get somebody’s
hands into the exhibit iron and then pull out some information that way okay one on
that point we’re gonna have to start our wrap-up I’m sorry and I we keep going
for much much longer on behalf of National History Day is
needed thank you for your time and your energy devoted as
we wrap up in the next few minutes I’m gonna ask I love our viewers right below the box we have a survey link if
you could just take chill moments and give us a little
feedback on this evening that would be much much appreciated this plan to turn
things over to Karen can that the NH well I also want to thank everyone for
joining us tonight and i wanna make one extra plug to chronicling America if you do want to use historic newspaper its in your projects on it’s actually
very simple to %uh incorporate a full page or part of
the page just through the web sites interface and
we have some tutorials to do that also the citations it they are all
public domain newspaper pages in so you are free to
use those images in your exhibits or other that you’re making a documentary or
whatever submission format you’re using on but the citation is also right there
with the page so it’s always easy to incorporate it in
your bibliography um but brianna can’t thank you enough
for sharing your a experience your expertise your
insights it was really enjoyable evening and thanks all our other guests when I think that’s all we have thank you
mark massey from Washington State thank you Salem middle school and thank you to West Catholic away I
got the message that their internet connection died but thank you for joining us have a
wonderful night please don’t forget to fill out the survey and we’ll see you next week for papers
and documentaries have a good night by thank you thank you

6 thoughts on “Learn from the Experts: Exhibits (with National History Day)

  1. bruh my teacher got me fucked up nigga, aint nobody got time for this dayum project. This bitch needs a new mic bc this one is shit af. these ppl just want to see us suffer

  2. Our teacher made us watch this at home we had already heard about that first part a million times couldn't they just skip to the part where it tells you about actually making your project.

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