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Museums Today: Storytelling in Museums

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 6 p.m. EST
A man in a suit and baseball cap talks with a woman in a museum gallery.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education.

Join editor Adina Langer for a discussion of the book Storytelling in Museums. With chapters written by a diverse set of practitioners from across the museum field and around the world, the book explores the efficacy and ethics of storytelling in museums.  

Storytelling in Museums shows how museums use personal, local and specific stories to make visitors feel welcome, while inspiring them to engage with new ideas and unfamiliar situations. The book also explores the responsibilities of museum practitioners toward the storytellers included in their narratives and how those responsibilities shift over time and manifest in different contexts.

The book’s 18 chapters represent a conversation among a diverse set of professionals for whom storytelling connotes their daily museum practice. As educators, collectors, curators, designers, marketers, researchers, planners and collaborators, the authors of this book consider the “real work” of storytelling from every angle.

About Adina Langer

For more than 15 years, Adina Langer has focused her museum career on interpreting traumatic historical events for diverse audiences while emphasizing the dignity and individuality of the people who experienced them. An active curator, oral historian, educator, presenter, editor, blogger and published author, she has created or co-curated more than 18 exhibits with permanent homes at three museums, cultivated an online presence and maintains a busy schedule traveling the library, school and community-center circuit.

How to Participate

To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (6 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

About the Museums Today Series

Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries. Browse upcoming programs

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