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Women's Luncheon: Alida Bray of History San Jose

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Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 11:45am - 1:30pm
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Women's Luncheon Series

THURSDAY, May 22   I   11:45am - 1:30pm   I  $15++ includes lunch, seminar & networking

Topic: How Do We Know What Happened?

People who are no longer here tell their stories through what they left behind. Museums preserve and exhibit these materials as primary sources, and since no single source can provide a complete story by itself—the more sources you see and the more questions you ask, the more of the story you will learn.

Photographs can capture a single moment in time. We see what either the photographer or the subject intended us to see. Personal letters and diaries, on the other hand, often reveal private individuals in the act of living ordinary-or extraordinary-lives. Government records and legal documents reveal dominant social values through official actions. The objects people save and donate to a museum illustrate what people made and how they made them. The objects also tell us about what was personally valued by the individual who made and used the objects and by the people who saved them.  What clues will you leave behind to let people know what kind of person you were and how you lived your life?

Through a PowerPoint presentation, Alida Bray will give a behind-the-scenes look at select artifacts chosen from History San Jose—the largest regional history collection in the State of California. She will also bring a selection of actual artifacts from the Museum.


Personnel for Alida J. Bray

Alida J. Bray is the President & CEO of History San José, Silicon Valley’s largest regional history museum. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a BA in Anthropology form San Francisco State University. Bray serves as a Museum Assessment Program reviewer for the American Association of Museums, and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment of the Humanities. Before becoming CEO, Alida spent much of her career specializing in museum exhibition development and collections management at a variety of museums including: the Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco International Airport museum program, the Mexican Museum, the Judah L. Magnes Museum, and the S.F. Society of California Pioneers museum.

 

 

 

 

 

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