Using Research to Guide the Development of an African-American Exhibit

January 1st, 1993 | RESEARCH

This paper discusses a recent effort by staff at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village to systematically re-research and reassess every key structure in the Village. During this project, staff discovered that the current interpretation of the Mattox House was seriously incorrect. It was decided that a new exhibit would be developed to replace this inaccurate representation. This paper briefly outlines the seven different types of research that were conducted during this redevelopment process, describing for each the purpose, and the ways in which each influenced the development of the exhibit.



Team Members

G. Donald Adams, Author, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1064-5578

Publication: Visitor Studies
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Page(s): 136


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers
Discipline: Education and learning science | History | policy | law
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits