april, 2019

2019sat27apr1:00 pm4:00 pmInterpreting Objects: A Brief Introduction & Talk Story Workshop1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 S. King Street


Event Details

Interpreting Objects: A Brief Introduction & Talk Story Workshop 
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site & Archive, April 27, 1-4 p.m.
Free to attend with registration
Limited to 20 participants

Please consider joining us on Saturday, April 27, for an object interpretation workshop at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site & Archive. The workshop will address the ways that objects tell histories and the relationships between historical narratives and objects.

Dr. Karen Kosasa will introduce the “new/old museology,” two ground-breaking exhibitions, an innovative college program, and the “rights” of objects. Halena Kapuni-Reynolds will discuss how objects tell stories about relationships between people.

The second portion will include hands-on exercises with selected objects from the Hawaiian Mission Houses Collection.

If you are interested in attending, rsvp to Ami Mulligan, amimalie@hawaii.edu, by April 25, 2019.

Light refreshments to be provided. The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site is located at 553 S. King Street, Honolulu 96813, tel (808) 447-3910. Street parking is available near the Hawaiian Mission Houses. Garage parking is available at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building, located at 1100 Alapai st., Honolulu, HI 96813.


(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Hawaiian Mission Houses

553 S. King Street

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