Herodotus- Father of History and Father of Lies is the title of this First Year Seminar. Herodotus apparently had an inclination to record history and make things up. This year is probably the tenth year I’ve worked with Dr. Jeff Lerner and his history classes doing exhibits. The class came to Preservation about a month ago where I gave them the “How to do a Good Exhibit” talk, showed them the space they’d be working in, samples of current student exhibits, and some examples from the past.
Next, work times were established for each exhibit group to come and begin work on their exhibit. This starts slowly as they must navigate the three-dimensional, attractive exhibits side of things, as well as the well-written text side of things. We talk individually about each group’s topic, what ideas the group has, and how to execute these ideas. It is always fun to watch and listen as each group embarks on exhibit production as they look around the Preservation Lab for possible materials and ideas, visit Demon Reprographics and call home.
Slowly, each individual exhibit takes shape and the installation phase begins. Over several days (and nights) the cases are cleaned and refilled with Greek history.
Finally, on Reading Day, each group shows photos of their exhibit to the class and makes a short presentation.
The exhibits this year are some of the best we’ve had. I encourage everyone to take a look at these interesting student exhibits at the library entrance.