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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Museum of Discovery, 2006
1.0 Linear feet; 2 document boxes
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains a project report, interview transcriptions, compact discs, and audiocassettes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 2006 project, "Room to Grow: Mummies, Marvels, and the Museum of Discovery," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Museum of Discovery and interviews with former board members, directors, a curator, and a founder.
Project staff: Heather Bettinardi, Martha C. Lacey, Melissa Laney, Amanda Paige, Brian K. Robertson, Sarita Riley, and Tiffany Turner.
Julia Burnell "Bernie" Smade Babcock founded the Arkansas Museum of Natural History and Antiquities on March 11, 1927, in a storefront near the corner of Second and Main Streets. When Babcock donated the museum to the city of Little Rock in 1929, it moved to the third floor of City Hall. Here the museum's collection grew, including items donated by individuals, statewide museums, the Field Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Natural History Museum in New York City.
In 1942, the museum moved to the Arsenal Building located in City Park (now MacArthur Park), which was renovated by the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Writers' Project. In 1964, the name was changed to the Museum of Science and Natural History and then again in 1983 to the Arkansas Museum of Science and History. In 1993, the museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
The museum made another move and reopened in downtown Little Rock's River Market District in 1998. It changed its name to the Museum of Discovery: Arkansas' Museum of Science and History. In 2003, the Museum of Discovery merged with the Children's Museum of Arkansas, which allowed the Museum of Discovery to expand its target audience with new staff, collections, exhibits, and program ideas. After major renovations in 2011 due to a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the museum changed its name to the Museum of Discovery: Donald W. Reynolds Science Center.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Pubic History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through directed readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Babcock, Bernie, 1868-1962
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.).
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Museum of Discovery, 2006, UALR.MS.0149. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, box number and file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Museum of Discovery, 2006, UALR.MS.0149.
Allison Hiblong, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012. Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.