Since the fall semester of 2005, the undergraduate Museum Object class has been working with Special Collections in Strozier Library to develop exhibitions. The objective is two-fold: first, to give students hands-on experience working with collection materials and classmates; second, to display books, clippings, maps, and objects from Special Collections that would not ordinarily be seen by the general library visitor. The class is divided into groups that have museum related functions: curatorial, education, design, and a first for this spring an on-line exhibition team.
Exhibitions have varied in content and scope: comic book heroes and icons, horror movie fetishes, botanical and herbal prints, medieval manuscript facsimiles, travel journals, woodblock prints, the history of Florida State University, and this year’s exhibition, Florida in the 1960s. Each topic presents its own set of opportunities and challenges that the Museum Object students approach in a unique way taking them on a journey from the inception of a vague idea to a final culmination of the exhibition installation. With the addition of the on-line facet, the exhibition takes on an indefinite lifespan that leaves a legacy for the class to reference and visitors to learn from and enjoy. Check out, “Here Comes the Sun: Florida in the 1960s” here: http://museum2012.omeka.net/.