I really dislike when blogs I read regularly just go away without explanation. And, as I have become more absorbed by other processes, I have posted here a lot less regularly – so let me explain. I am winding up this phase of my career as I get ready to retire later this summer as the Director of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa and an Associate Professor at the University of Memphis. After some 300 posts over a six-year period, I will continue to post here but much less and possibly in different forms. I am going to enjoy a number of new and continuing projects, some of which will include a lot of digital content. Some of my ongoing stuff will include:
- My colleague Beth Bollwerk and I just turned in the ms for an edited volume to Rowman and Littlefield Press that will hit the streets by November or so of this year. The volume, Positioning Your Museum as a Critical Community Asset: A Practical Guide, will feature a substantive online resource guide to support the 20 plus chapters and case studies of the volume. The resource guide will develop as a stand alone website and ideally evolve into a substantive online presence for engagement and co-creation of communities and their museums.
- As the new President of the Advocates for Poverty Point, I will work to develop that organization’s website, blog, and newsletter, along with other tasks in support of the only prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Southeast United States.
- My colleague Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza and I are very excited about launching a public archaeology project on the north coast of Peru. We anticipate developing a host of social media tools for this work as well.
- I am also anxious to play a role in the community outreach projects of Whitney Plantation. I am particularly interested in working with the Whitney staff to carry out applied archaeology projects along the lines of what we have done at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa over the past few years.
- And, I am most excited to spend more time with my wife, Emma working in her shop, Uptown Needle & Craftworks on Magazine St. in New Orleans. Stop by and visit!
So, I am certain that some of all that will turn up in this blog too, on an irregular basis. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog over the years. The folks I have met in the virtual world, and for many of them, never yet in person, have been instrumental in my learning process over the past decade. Thanks to everyone for reading, sharing, and providing me with so much good stuff to think and learn about!