Been a minute

What have I been doing? Where did I go? I didn’t go anywhere, but I have been preparing for the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in February. I am a panelist as well as a presenter,  and I’ll be talking about sharing the load in the historic interpretation of slave life. I cannot wait! I am also pleased to announce that I will be speaking at St. Mary’s College of Maryland as part of a panel discussion on the challenges of diversifying museums and giving a (free) public lecture at Historic St. Mary’s City on March 1st. (check out the press release below!)

I’ve been keeping up with a few newsworthy items that have to do with slavery as well. I know you’ve all heard about the Slave Math Questions out of Atlanta. I’m still at a loss about that one, but I’ll have a commentary about teaching slavery in the classroom soon. It can be done, and it can be done right, but I believe that guidance is needed when approaching this delicate topic. Also…the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has a snazzy exhibit on Thomas Jefferson, him being a slave owner and Sally Hemings. If you can, check it out, I know it is amazing!

Alright, I have a few papers to write…I’ll be back soon! I can’t leave you all too long 🙂


For Immediate Release




January 23, 2011 – St. Mary’s City, MD — Talking about the experience of enslaved people in American history through exhibits and by costumed interpreters can be a challenge for museum staff and visitors.  Historian Nicole Moore will offer her perspective in a lecture, Interpreting Slavery, at Historic St. Mary’s City on March 1.  The illustrated talk will begin at 7:00 in the HSMC Visitor Center (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City).

Moore will discuss her experience as an African American portraying slave life on a South Carolina plantation museum.  She will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the research, politics, and presentations involved with bringing this electrifying subject to the public.   Visit Nicole Moore’s blog,,  to learn more about the presenter and her work.

The lecture is free.  For more information, contact the museum at or240-895-4990.

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