HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 25, 2021 – High Point University’s Department of History partnered with the High Point Museum to host a pop-up museum on campus on Oct. 22. The display highlighted the furniture industry and what it has meant to the growth of the community.
The purpose of the event was two-fold – for history students to learn more about the history field and for students to connect with the High Point Museum to learn about High Point’s rich history.
“The event was partly to show more about the overall field of history,” said Dr. Amanda Allen, assistant professor of history. “Museums and artifacts are key aspects of historical research and help shape historians’ research just as much as manuscripts and other written documents. This partnership highlights the particular field of ‘public history’ which focuses on how to create exhibits that connect with and teach the larger public about history.”
The pop-up museum included a traveling exhibit on the history of the furniture market; a chair caned by AJ Jones, an HPU adjunct instructor of history and a museum costumed interpreter; pieces of burnt wood for dendrochronology testing from the historical Hoggatt House in a display case; a chamber pot; and items from the museum’s Blacksmith Shop.
“There are so many different professional experiences within public history and museum studies,” said Sara Blanchett, High Point Museum Curator of Education. “This was a perfect opportunity for students to see a small sample of what the High Point Museum has to offer, to ask questions of museum professionals and to discuss their future in these fields. We value community outreach, and our current partnership with HPU is extremely valuable to students and the public as a whole. We may talk about the past, but we also try to foster the future as well.”