Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017. The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.
The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.
As part of the exhibit, “Asking the Question: A Guided Exhibit Tour” will be presented by Aaron Martin and Hailey Paige, graduate students in the HA program.
The program description is as follows: “The process of creating an exhibit is a long one, involving many steps. Once a concept has been worked out, exhibit team members decide on an intended audience and survey people in that audience to see if the ideas of the exhibit are getting across. The exhibit team can then decide which artifacts to use to make the point, which may involve getting loans from other institutions.
“Exhibit development continues by refining the exhibit’s main idea, determining a budget, deciding how the exhibit will look, creating activities and events to go with the exhibit, and writing labels. Once these major components have been created, more analysis is done to make sure the public can understand them. Manufacturing elements of the exhibit, receiving loans and advertising usually come after that, and only after all of this is completed can the exhibit be installed.
“At this event, Aaron Martin and Hailey Paige will lead a special guided tour of A Question of History. During this time, they will highlight certain objects in the exhibit that are of particular interest, and tell the detailed stories of these artifacts and the institutions that care for them. They will also be available to answer questions about the process of creating A Question of History, as well as any specific questions about the exhibit itself. ”
During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.