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State Fair Museums

Well, it’s the middle of August, which means it’s time for the Iowa State Fair. Living in Des Moines, we’re only about a ten minute drive from the fairgrounds, which makes it very convenient. My husband and I weren’t planning to visit the Fair this year,  but after finding ourselves enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon … Continue reading

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Deaccessioning and Ethics

Ah, ethics. I just emailed a client regarding an upcoming auction. They have a lot of items in their collection with no provenance (prizes from past dumpster dives), are in very poor condition, and/or are duplicates. While I helped sort through these potential auction items and feel confident about our decisions, I did want to … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger

Through a Child’s Eyes

Today, Museum Minute welcomes our first guest blogger! Take it away, Jenn: Thank you to Lindsey for letting me guest blog.  Having both attended Eastern Illinois University’s Historical Administration program at different times, then serving on the alumni board of same program, we’ve known each other semi-professionally over the years.  Then, when she moved to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Book

I’ve been writing this blog for about six weeks now and it’s occurred to me that I’ve barely mentioned my work in the Des Moines University Archives and Rare Book Room. I have a sneaky feeling that I’ve avoided it because I’ve been trying to get a departmental newsletter off the ground for ages, and … Continue reading

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