Growing Local History: The OCHM Garden

by Katie MacDonald

A common first question in Introduction To Museum Studies in graduate school is “What is a museum?”. It’s a classic opening question asked to encourage conversation among a group of people about to study together and develop their professional approaches to museum work. Of course, there is no right answer and the ensuing discussion ranges from the emotional (“a place of reflection and discovery”) to the practical (“a place where important things are stored and preserved”) to the aspirational (“not a place but a community that comes together…