The Educational Value of Museums

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Newark Museum Association, 1914 - Museums - 73 pages
 

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Page 15 - To my mind a museum that consists mainly of collections, and of simple caretakers of these, has a speaking resemblance to a graveyard; dead specimens and gravestones betoken the past, and a mere conservator, like a sexton, has little to add to the future. It is as sad and melancholy a state as that of a university whose professors are nothing but teachers and committee men. There were magnificent collections in Pompeii, but so long...
Page 22 - ... Museums, you surely must agree, should make places for able men, just as universities are doing, recognizing it to be a part of their duty to help the subject by helping the men. It will be costly to do this, but not if a portion of the great funds given to getting collections be given to getting men. When this is done museums in general will be great teaching institutions, and cease to be cold storage centers.
Page 19 - Ask yourself which of these three functions your museum is intended to fulfill, which of these classes forms the majority of its visitors, or which of them you most desire to serve. Confine your efforts at the most to two of these functions ; but at any rate fix on one of them and, devoting most of your energy to that, arrange your collections accordingly.
Page 15 - Museums in 1912, in which he spoke of "the nurture and development of the Museum under the auspices successively of the Library Society, the Literary and Philosophical Society, the Medical College, and the College of Charleston, and how the community rallied to its support in times of stress through popular subscriptions and state and city appropriations...
Page 45 - The least interesting thing is an unrelated thing, and next to that come two things related merely by resemblance.
Page 53 - A lump of clay worth less than a penny, may, when transformed by the industry of the artisan into a bowl, be worth a dollar; when; transformed by the skill of the artist into a beautiful bowl, it may be worth many thousands of dollars.
Page 41 - Further and preserve the discoveries of the few that they may teach the many.
Page 37 - quite a number of museums run under the auspices of libraries, and every one of them is dead.

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