TEMSIG is the Technology and Museums Special Interest Group, which is part of SHOT, the Society for the History of Technology.
TEMSIG, formed 1984 and re-launched in 2004, provides a forum for those interested in the material legacy and public presentation of the history of technology. There are no annual dues for TEMSIG, but an email membership list is maintained for purposes of communication.
SHOT Portland 2013
TEMSIG has several events planned for SHOT's meeting in Portland.
TEMSIG General Meeting
TEMSIG will meet over cocktails at 5:30pm Friday October 11, 2013, in the lobby bar of the Holiday Inn (conference hotel). Please join us!
TEMSIG member Amrys Williams has organized a tour of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum for 2:00-4:00pm Saturday October 12. The tour is $12, and is sold out.
TEMSIG members used our email list to coordinate the creation and submission of a TEMSIG-sponsored panel session. The session, titled "Object Lessons," or, Learning from Artifacts in the History of Technology is scheduled for 10:30am-12:30pm, Friday October 11.
Organizer & Commentator: Joseph Corn (Stanford University, emeritus)
Chair: Allison Marsh (University of South Carolina)
Deborah Douglas (MIT Museum): "Countless Connecting Threads: New Insights from MIT's Material Culture"
Carlene Stephens (Smithsonian National Museum of American History): "'Hear My Voice': Learning from Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory Sound Recordings"
Eric Nystrom (Rochester Institute of Technology): "Message in a Model: Mining on Display at the U.S. National Museum, 1910s–1940s"
Emily Margolis (Johns Hopkins University) [Robinson Prize Candidate]: "Atomic Deliveryman on Display: The Enola Gay and American Understanding of the Hiroshima Bombing"
Interested TEMSIG members typically gather for a cocktail-hour business meeting during the annual SHOT conference. We hope to see you at a future meeting!
TEMSIGers have also met at other relevant scholarly conferences, such as the National Council on Public History (NCPH). If you will be attending NCPH in Ottawa in April and would like to get together, email Allison.
TEMSIG will meet in 2013 during the SHOT meeting in Portland, Maine, October 10-13, 2013. Please see details above.
Minutes from our meetings are circulated on the listserv for comment and corrections, and posted to the website.
- Chair: Allison Marsh, University of South Carolina. marsha -at- mailbox -dot- sc -dot- edu
- Vice-Chair: Eric Nystrom, Rochester Institute of Technology. eric -dot- nystrom -at- rit -dot- edu
TEMSIG's email listserv is the primary means of communication and discussion for the group. The list is typically low-volume, and list archives are available for members. To join, please contact either Allison Marsh or Eric Nystrom.