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Behind the Screens: Museums, Social Media, and Creating Educational Entertainment

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Guest post by Kaitlin Janecke As a 2015 twenty-something, my day typically starts off with screens. Within five minutes of waking up, I’m probably connected to the internet. I’m not really proud of… Continue reading

Advice from the Trenches: Navigating the Struggles of Finding a Job in the Museum Industry

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Post by blog team member Katie Kirkham As Katie M. pointed out in her recent blog post about deciding if a Museum Studies program is right for you, the museum profession has “an… Continue reading

One Year Anniversary of Cracking the Collections!

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Cracking the Collections is celebrating its one year anniversary! We’ve introduced a new layout to make it easier to browse past articles; tell us what you think in the comments. We would like… Continue reading

“Smart Collecting”: A New Collecting Culture

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Guest post by Adele Crane During the 1993 outbreak of a novel hantavirus in the Four Corners region of the United States, an effort to locate the origin of the virus included investigating… Continue reading

The Value of Museum Internships

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Guest post by Ingrid Rochon As we Millennials begin to graduate and enter a highly competitive job market, we will inevitably run into the experience paradox. We’ve learned how to take tests and… Continue reading

New Lives for Old Bones

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Guest post by Ben Miller Dinosaurs and museums go together like chocolate and peanut butter. In the public eye, the image of towering mounted skeletons of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals is a… Continue reading

Welcome to Cracking the Collections

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Welcome to Cracking the Collections – a blog created by the SPNHC EPG. [That’s the “Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections: Emerging Professionals Group” for the uninitiated] We started this blog… Continue reading