Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pediatric cancer hits close to home

Pediatric cancer fundraiser balloons
This week we learned that my youngest nephew Cody, 3, has cancer. We would love your thoughts and prayers for his healing. While this brings up so many feelings for me, I'm going to focus on what I can do, which is to use my blog to help support pediatric cancer research.
Alexs Lemonade Stand pediatric cancer fundraiser
Our neighbors Amy and Keith Miller host an annual fundraiser each year, which happened to be today. Amy got involved after hearing about Alex's Lemonade Stand, started hosting it a few years ago, got a radio station involved, and additional partners have followed. It's a nice opportunity to come out, have some lemonade, see the neighbors, and bid on auction items.

You can help by donating to Amy and Keith's fundraising page. Alex Scott also had neuroblastoma, like Cody, and her legacy is a nonprofit that has raised over $40 million for pediatric cancer research to date.
pediatric cancer fundraiser
Amy Miller with Stephan Thomas
It's not just little guys who are affected. This is Stephan Thomas, 16, who is currently challenged by rhabdomyosarcoma. Amy taught Stephan as a 5th grader, and the fundraiser today is in his honor. Stephan had 30 weeks of treatment, was cancer-free for a while, and now is getting relapse therapy.
Keith Miller
Host Keith Miller

There are many great charities out there, but perhaps today this one will feel appropriate for your gift.

When I was meditating about Cody on Thursday night, a thought popped into my head, "They must be sick with worry." Followed immediately by, "Wow, that's not a good thought, how can I flip that into something more positive?" So I decided that instead of "sick with worry" I want to feel "flooded with hope."

May we all feel flooded with hope today.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Conner Prairie: Interview with Aili McGill

Here how Conner Prairie moved from classic "monologue" interpretation to a visitor-centered approach. For more Conner Prairie videos, visit my YouTube page.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday's Signpost

I love the creativity this shows. Someone at this street fair stall took the time to write down customer comments, type them up, print them out, and use them as advertising. Is there a way your museum could do this? There is something about the raw nature of these signs that makes them very appealing. While you might want them to look a little nicer, I could see how posting Facebook or Yelp comments on a board near your museum entry could have this same effect.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Conner Prairie: visitor-centered interpretation

Last fall I had the chance to visit Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, IN. I did a series of videos. The first one, showing a beautiful interaction between two interpreters (one of them 12!) and a family is here.

In this video you'll see a variety of interpreters at work. Some are in period attire doing first-person interpretation. Some are in uniforms doing third person interpretation. I'd be curious to know which you think are more effective, and why. Please comment!