Browse Exhibits (93 total)

Cambridge Massachusetts Press - James Printer and the John Eliot Bible

This exhibit will describe the Cambridge Massachusetts Press. This printing press cemented its name in history when the John Eliot Bible was printed in 1661. This is the first translation of the Christian Bible to an indigenous Native American language. This Bible was also the first one printed in North America.

The Algonquian title for the Bible is Mamusse Wuneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God. The Bible is also known as the Algonquian Bible or the John Eliot Bible. The Puritan missionary John Eliot translated this Bible into the Algonquian language with the help of Native American translator and typesetter, James Printer.

John Eliot crafted this Bible in hopes of converting more indigenous Native Americans to Christianity. It’s important to note that much of this indoctrination was not voluntary and many Native Americans were forced to adapt European culture.

This historic document is an important example of acculturation and the racially-driven attack on Native American culture and lifestyle. This Bible was a tool of settler colonialism. The successful printing of the John Eliot Bible inspired more Europeans to convert indigenous people and destroy Native American culture. Native American history is United States history. Recalling and teaching Native American history history is critical to ensuring that this genocide is not committed in the future.  I hope you all find this exhibit interesting and thought-provoking.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose


This exhibit serves as an overview of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and analysis of what can be learned through its attempts at creating interactive experiences.

The museum promotes learning through liberal use of edutainment, where education is delivered through entertaining activities designed to stimulate children's interests. Through this they become much more interested and involved in the education that is offered.

For this exhibit I took pictures of various exhibits and other elements provided by the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, then analyzed them to examine how they contribute to the institution's overall mission of childhood enrichment. Many of the images one will see in this exhibit are just one of several pictures taken of a certain point of interest, and will require clicking the image to examine the full scope of what is being discussed. This was mainly a result of convenience, both for the curator and for the audience so that they wouldn't be overwhelmed by a plethora of images off the bat. This way if they express more of an interest in a certain item, they potentially have the oppertunity to learn more should they choose to.

Civil War Women- 2022

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This website focuses on two main research questions: How did women aid, contribute, and support the war effort? How did perceptions of women change because of their participation in the war effort?

Women tend to be overlooked by those studying the Civil War; however, women played a significant role. Some women chose to be up close to the war effort, acting as nurses, cooks, and even spies. Others stayed at home and managed their homes while their husbands were off fighting.

We hope that by exploring this website you are able to gain a deeper understanding of the Civil War by exploring the war from a new perspective.

We recommend that you explore the website in the order of the tabs in the navigation bar. Start by understanding the historiography of women in the Civil War, meet several important women during the Civil War, and finish your visit by learning how women's lives changed after the war. 

Thanks for visiting!

David Ruggles' Printing Press by Avery Pierson

Welcome to my exhibit on David Ruggles’ printing press. This exhibit begins with an explanation of why Ruggles’ press and publishings were needed in 1830’s New York and the impact that his press left on the world. It then moves to a brief introduction about Ruggles; in order to have a complete understanding of the importance of David Ruggles’ printing press, it is necessary to have an understanding of his tireless abolitionist work. He dedicated his life to freeing fugitive slaves and protesting slavery and segregation. The exhibit will then move on to a discussion of the physical iron press and the pamphlets Ruggles printed using his press. I hope you enjoy!

Deconstructing Dichotomies: Tracking the Spatial Change of Gendered Geographies at Santa Clara University

Gendered spaces are geographies in which gender relations are constucted and conceptualized. According to Daphne Spain, author of Gender Spaces, gendered spaces are spatial arrangements that may enforce/ reinforce certain status discrepancies between men and women. These locations often separate women from knowledge used by men to produce and reproduce power and privilege. 

The spaces I highlight are located on and around the Santa Clara University campus, from 1961, when women were first admitted as undergraduate students at SCU, to the present. These gendered geographies are not meant to be viewed as fixed and permanent. Rather, my research hopes to illustrate how spaces, both physical and theoretical, are malleable and can be contested and challenged, in hopes of deconstructing dichotomies in the form of spaces for men or women. 

After analyzing these places, which I have broken down into dorms, classrooms, and extracurricular spaces, I hope to show how what spaces once upheld gender binaries were over time deconstructed to be locations where feminist discourse and intonations of gender equality began to emerge, emphasizing the malleability of gendered spaces.  

Demystifying The Hut, Santa Clara's Campus Bar


The phenomenon of campus bars create and emphasize the culture of community at universities throughout the United States. In understanding the significance a "college bar" has to the students at the university as well as the community surrounding, it is important to take into account the specific aspects of background, history and tradition that allow the culture of a college bar to express much more than simply a place to have a few drinks. The specific case study of The Hut utilizes the community of Santa Clara University in a unique way - after remaining open for 70 years, the bar was shut down, yet due to the passion and love of the surrounding community The Hut reopened its doors a little over two years after shutting them. However, the college dive bar transitioned into a brewery-style barbecue restaurant, redefining what it means to create a "college bar" culture with a new environment.

On the corner of Franklin Street and the Alameda, just outside of Lucas Hall at Santa Clara University, there lies a small wooden building standing unsuspectingly to any passerby. This building is known as “The Hut”. With a strong connection to the students of the university, “the Hut linked generations of Broncos since its opening in the 1940s,” (Greenwood). It is both within college bar tradition as well as the historical importance of food in community with others that ties the Hut into the fabric of SCU and thus guides the further research. The Hut, after a two year hiatus, recently reopened its doors as a family restaurant, a very different feel than the college bar scene that closed its doors in 2017. Griffy notes in her article Returning to a Corner Near SCU: The Hut, Broncos from around the world began sharing their memories of what the small building on this street corner meant to each individual. “Students called for its reopening in an online petition that garnered 1,765 signatures,” (Griffy).

Diversity at Santa Clara University

“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need for one another.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu


When Santa Clara University was established in 1851 it filled the void of higher education that existed in the western United States. The founders of the university understood the need for this level of education in the then one year old state of California, that the pursuit of knowledge is an important part of forming a functioning society. Although, as was the status quo then and for many years after, the school largely served to further the academic pursuits of white men. But if one was to walk around Santa Clara’s campus today, they would see that that is no longer the case, as the campus and student body reflect the climate of inclusivity and diversity championed by the school. 


Santa Clara University students Jack Moore, an English major, and Sai Panneerselvam, a Computer Science and Mathematics major, were intrigued by the disparity between the Santa Clara of the past and the Santa Clara of present, and chose to devote their investigations to discovering how that transition happened. Through their exhibit “Diversity at Santa Clara University” they wanted to explore the progress of the diversification of the student body over the years. 


The exhibit was developed over the course of ten weeks in the fall of 2016 by curating a wide variety of photos and documents from Santa Clara University’s Archives and Special Collections. Half of the exhibit includes documents and letters regarding the outreach that Santa Clara University did to minorities via financial aid and scholarships. The other half uses photos and yearbooks to illustrate the changing social climate on campus through the depiction of clubs, athletics, and student life in general.


What “Diversity at Santa Clara University” hopes to illustrate is how the administration at Santa Clara was galvanized by the void left by students of color at their university, and how the diversification of students would lead to the more successful creation of women and men for others.

Early American Math

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Numbers were essential to making transoceanic voyages from the Atlantic to the Pacific possible during the revolutionary period: they were used for navigation, insurance, and especially for negotiating the complexities of trade and exchange.

But how did ordinary Americans in this period learn to understand and use numbers?

Mathematics textbooks were the most common entry point to the pedagogy of numbers, and they were available to a surprisingly wide variety of readers. There was moreover considerable overlap between books from such genres as accounting, bookkeeping, calculation, navigation, commerce, and insurance. 

Relying on a selection of primary sources from the American Antiquarian Society, this exhibit provides a visual introduction to the world of numbers in early America--and to the way that learning numbers introduced early Americans to the far reaches of the globe.

This exhibit supplements chapter 2 of my book Transoceanic America: Risk, Writing, and Revolution in the Global Pacific, published by Oxford University Press.

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Engaging with Diversity: A Look at Villa Montalvo | Montalvo Arts Center


Montalvo Arts Center, more commonly known as Villa Montalvo, is primarily a center for the arts. With a commitment to diveristy, community, and creativity, it is truly a place where imagination and experimentation flourish.

While it's main use is for the artist residency program, the Lucas Artists Program, it is also used for a wide variety of events and activities. This exhibit highlights these purposes, starting off with a more general look at the grounds. It then narrows into the individual uses. 

This exhibit is important because it sheds light on a place that is tucked away and often only discovered by those in the small town of Saratoga. By doing this, one will be able to see how places, such as museums, are constructed in a way that invites visitors to engage with the specific place. It will also draw on the notion of multiple stakeholders to one specific place.

Fascism in Education

Propaganda was an important tool and strategy used by the Fascist regime leading up to World War II. While their propaganda knew no boundaries, the audience this propaganda was most intended for was children. Through the creation of a fascist alphabet book, intended to target Italian children living abroad, Mussolini was able to spread his propaganda to young minds across the world and help spread his indoctrination. This book was published in 1936 and was created by Vincenzo Fraschetti, Carlo Testi, and Piero Parini.