After reading “Memory and Myth at the Buffalo Bill Museum” I wanted to look at how other stories of American history are displayed. The first thing I thought of was the history of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. I did a little web searching and found the Gettysburg Museum of History. This museum is privately owned by Erik Dorr a collector of historical artifacts. After watching this news video about the museum I found that the museum had historical artifacts from the last 200 years of American’s history. This museum’s use of collecting as a rhetorical practice is very strong, having “approx. 4000 objects on display” from all over America’s history. Even though the museum is strong in there collection I feel that the exhibition is lacking. As far as I could tell from the video it looked very cluttered and overwhelming in the actual museum. Also the (Re)Presenting, as discussed in the Buffalo Bill reading, of The Gettysburg Museum is sporadic. The people that come to The Gettysburg Museum might be expecting to learn about The Battle of Gettysburg and leave feeling distracted by all the other historical items there.
Hello my name is Benjamin Kitzmiller. I am a fourth year fine art photography student here at RIT. I am from Maryland and I enjoy camping and landscape photography. Knowing about visual communications will help me strengthen my art and interpretation of art.