The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Conference Alert: Heritage: Past, Present, and Future

From H-Material Culture:

Heritage: Past, Present, and Future
Cooperstown, New York
October 3-4, 2008

The Cooperstown Graduate Association is pleased to announce its conference Heritage: Past, Present, and Future to take place in Cooperstown, New York, October 3 and 4. Friday's schedule will include workshops on oral history, historic districts, and new technology available to museums, as well as tours of the collections of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum housed at the Iroquois Storage Facility. Friday evening, a free public lecture by Rachel Bliven of the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission will address heritage tourism-what it is, who is involved, and how to plan for it. Saturday's conference program will feature ten speakers. The morning session will begin with a look back at the life of Louis C. Jones, a pioneer in heritage preservation and interpretation. In the afternoon, conference participants will get a peek at heritage programs at regional institutions in the Catskills and Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Looking toward the future, presenters will explore the use of documentary film, lasers and ground-penetrating radar, and the web-based Quilt Index to make the past more understandable and accessible to a broader audience. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to see the new exhibit Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art at the Fenimore Art Museum, the newly opened More and Dimmick houses at The Farmers' Museum, and the exhibit Three Eyes on the Past: The Legacy of Dr. Louis C. Jones at the NYSHA research library.

For more information, contact Cindy Falk or Cathy Raddatz at the Cooperstown Graduate Program at 607-547-2586 or by email at or . A complete schedule and registration information is available at:

Cynthia G. Falk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Material Culture
Cooperstown Graduate Program
SUNY Oneonta
P.O. Box 800
5838 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
607-547-8926 (fax)

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