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Carson, G. “The End of History Museums: What’s Plan B?” The Public Historian 30(4) (2008): 9-27.


Are historic sites and house museums destined to go the way of Oldsmobiles and floppy disks? Visitation has trended downwards for thirty years. Theories abound, but no one really knows why. To launch a discussion of the problem in the pages of The Public Historian, Cary Carson cautions against the pessimistic view that the past is simply passé. Instead he offers a "Plan B" that takes account of the new way that learners today organize information to make history meaningful.