Exhibit Success - Crossing the Line: Louisiana Women in a Century of Change

-- The first MoM exhibit is done and it is fantastic.  Look to this space for future showings and feel free to suggest venues for the MoM exhibit.  Congratulations to all the students who contributed to this great project.

Grand Opening Event
Grand Opening Event


-- What began as an idea formed during a session at the National Council on Public History's annual conference in 2011 is now about to be reality!  The exhibit opens on December 10th, 4:30, in the parking lot of the UL Lafayette Alumni House on St. Mary Street.

Check out this article in the Advocate on the project: ADVOCATE ARTICLE

Cleaned Up and Ready to Go!

-- So, the interior of the trailer needed a bit more work than we had initially thought.  But it is done, clean, slick, shiny, and empty.  Now, students are transitioning their research into text panels and are putting their analytical and interpretive skills to the test.

Museum Studies Class to Finalize Museum on the Move Exhibit

-- There is a tremendous amount of work to be done - from getting the trailer cleaned up, to researching their topics, to creating the interpretive components, to acquiring artifacts, to installing the whole exhibit and creating graphics to go along with it all!  This semester (Fall 2013), Dr. John Troutman's graduate class in Museum Studies is taking the baton from the Dr. Farmer-Kaiser's class last semester (Spring 2013) and they are diligently pulling everything together to get the Museum on the Move trailer rolling!  Stay tuned.
Dr. John Troutman's Museum Studies class on a field trip to the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville, LA.


Proposal 1. A rib system.
-- In an ideal example of cross-disciplinary collaboration, this summer UL Lafayette's Industrial Design program is using the Public History Program's Museum on the Move trailer as the basis of a class project.  Students from Professor Corey Saft's Industrial Design course are busy conceptualizing and modeling interior design configurations for the trailer.  They've spent time at the trailer, run computer mock-ups, done research into the structure of vintage Airstreams, and built models.  They've done an amazing job and it is awesome to see the students grappling with both the material side of the design and with ideas about how visitors might actually use the educational space when it is outfitted with a history exhibit. This phase of the project ensures that a useful and thoughtfully designed exhibit space will be laid out.  When Dr. John Troutman's course on museums begins in August they will delve into finalizing the research, writing, artifact collection, and overall exhibit design that was begun last semester by Dr. Farmer-Kaiser's class on Louisiana Women. 

It is exciting to see our two academic units collaborating on a project that puts students side-by-side with faculty as they research, design, write, and create together!  It has already been a rewarding experience to have had these students get "under the hood" of the trailer and show us its potential as well as some potential pitfalls.

The first round of designs to come out of the Industrial Design course offer a compelling glimpse into how the trailer's interior might look

Proposal 2 includes a system of wires for hanging text panels and artifacts.
One group has already created a to-scale model of the MOM trailer.

Slats with shape and style is the proposal from group 3.

Professor Saft jumps to action to inspect one of the group's design proposal.

First Class Visit to Trailer

Dr. Farmer-Kaiser and Dr. Troutman on class outing to visit UL Lafayette's Museum on the Move trailer.

--- On Tuesday Dr. Farmer-Kaiser's class made their first class visit to the trailer.  It was great to see them start to conceptualize how their research might transition into an exhibit and it didn't take long before ideas were bouncing around about how the trailer's interior could be used and re-purposed into exhibit space.  We also came to realize that the trailer acts like a see-saw if we put too many people in the back (cinder blocks should solve that issue).  Dr. Troutman also came out to meet the class and share his thoughts on next semester's course.  Good things are happening!

Trailer Picked Up!

--- Dr. John Troutman and Dr. Chad Parker drove to Birmingham to take possession of the 1954 Airstream Trailer.  All reports are that it is AWESOME!

Chad Parker alongside the Museum on the Move trailer.