The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has taken notice of the work being done at The Morton Museum. So much so that they’ve asked Morton Director Brooke Mundy (pictured) to serve as an advisor in a new program that teaches those of us who don’t work in a museum how to collect and curate the history that’s all around us.
“The goal of the Master Local Historian program is to educate the community on how to uncover history – basically, to turn them into historians,” said Mundy.
She said that participants in the program will learn how to uncover and use primary historical sources and how to share what they learn with others. The 10-12 week program hopes to attract those individuals with a love of history and build a network of “citizen historians” across the United States who can research, present and preserve stories for themselves and for coming generations.
“They’ve asked me to be an advisor for developing the program, but they’re also selecting institutions to be pilots for the program. The Morton Museum will be one of the pilot institutions,” said Mundy.
Mundy says she doesn’t have a firm timeline for when the program will start, but she believes it will be sometime this summer. Mundy began working at the Morton Museum in 2014 and was named Director in 2016. Aside from working at the Chucalissa Museum in Southwest Memphis as a graduate student, The Morton Museum has been Mundy’s first “real job” in what promises to be a bright career. Mundy is a native of Florida, but came to Memphis for college and stayed when doors of opportunity starting opening for her. The AASLH is a non-profit organization based in Nashville.