21st-Century History of Technology: Fashioning a Usable Past

Yesterday the MIT Museum and the Hagley Museum and Library ran a fascinating workshop on “Doing the History of Technology in the 21st Century.” The workshop, at the MIT Museum, brought together historians, museum curators, public humanists, and more to talk about how the history of technology is changing – and how it needs to change – to play the role it needs to play as our sources, audiences, media, and interests change. It was partly about the digital, but more general, too.

My talk addressed the question of how do we do our work in a way that makes us part of a larger conversation. It’s something I think is important, but with no easy answers. The ground rules are changing.

Here are slides from my talk.

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And here’s a video of the presentation. Thanks to



1 Comment

  1. Steve-
    Looks like a great talk; I wish I could have attended but was at the pre-SHOT thing at Colby. Look forward to seeing the video.

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