Episode Description: Located in a waterfront 1860s oyster cannery in the Baltimore Harbor, The Baltimore Museum of Industry is trying to inspire and engage their visitors around the concept of work by telling the stories of historical workers. But in order to better fulfill this mission, the museum has to be constantly re-evaluating themselves and their assumptions about work. In this episode, I talk to staffers Beth Maloney and Auni Gelles about how an experimental interactive and a new job description are pushing the museum beyond more traditional education and interpretation methods.
Featured songs in this episode is by The Bumper Jacksons, off their new album, I Never Met a Stranger. Songs are “Many Paths to the Top of the Mountain” and “Old Birds.”
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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, a museum consultant specializing in podcasting for museums, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.
In this season of the podcast, I’m visiting the museums of Maryland to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape this state’s unique cultural identity.
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“Why We Work; Messy and Collaborative Exhibition Development” by Beth Maloney
“Why We Work Opens at the Baltimore Museum of Industry: New BMI exhibit curated by JHU and MICA students depicts a more personal side of industry” in Baltimore Magazine
Christopher Myers (Photographer who shared photos for Why We Work)