Curating the Quirky Life #DisabilityStories

Today, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility, the National Archives, and many other agencies have been celebrating #DisabilityStories through a Twitter chat, various blogs, articles, and other virtual events.

As I’m surfing around looking at all these interesting sites and stories (see some of the links below), I’ve been thinking about how I could tell our story, museum-style. Museum curators frequently use objects to tell stories. This “material culture” provides physical evidence of the life and culture of a particular place, person, or time.

So, what objects – what kinds of material culture – would I use to curate an exhibit about life with my son? What are the things in our lives that stand out as shortcuts to describe some of what we do each day and how we interact as a family? What would a Quirky exhibit look like? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:  Read More