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McKissick Mysteries

McKissick Mysteries: Mystery Objects from the Permanent Collection

September 5, 2014 - February 14, 2015, 3rd floor lobby

Whether or not museums like to admit it, they all have their secrets. What is that object? How did it get here? Why is it important? Should we keep it? Perhaps the paperwork was lost or misfiled. Maybe the original curator never fully documented the object. Whatever the reason, puzzled curators cannot ignore mystery objects forever. Eventually collections managers must fill in the gaps in their databases.

Each generation has the opportunity to research the mysteries their predecessors left behind. Sometimes it is easy. Sometimes the trail is cold. Research is ongoing. This exhibit is a cooperative effort between McKissick Museum and the Public History Program to use the museum's collections as tools for teaching graduate students about researching and interpreting material culture.

Let the sleuthing begin.

Friday, September 5, 2014 to Saturday, February 14, 2015