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Smells Like Pioneer Spirit: Isolation & Innovation

Because many of you attended #AAM2012 in Minneapolis you know that its Minnesota Museum Month this May. I have been visiting a Museum-A-Day to contribute to bring awareness to the 600+ museums in my home state, with aprox 60 in my local metropolitan area.  You all came here and loved it- I heard all weekend how you loved our museums and the food and how cool it was. Yes, Having the most museums per capita is amazing but because I live here I have always had the perspective that Im supposed to move to New York or California to “make it”… and living in MN is like living in the middle of nowhere.  So with that feeling I thought of what pioneers GenXers are known for being and went to visit a museum out in the middle of nowhere to deeper embrace my Minnesota Museum culture.  I went out to rural MN and had a profoundly successful museum experience and also found parts of my identity there.  I learned more about the feminine identity of the 19th century and felt that I could relate with them by being isolated and innovative. I also learned that I love where I am…even in seemingly the middle of nowhere! GenX smells like Pioneer Spirit!

Please read about how a GenX finds herself at the farm.

This is one of my first blog posts on museums.

Let me know I’m not alone out here..

–Paige Dansinger  @museumpaige

About paigedansinger

Fine Artist - Art Historian - Innovations I'm going to peruse a PhD in Digital Innovations and create Immersive Exhibitions and Mobile Museum Experiences with lots of cool games for Jewish art history.

5 responses to “Smells Like Pioneer Spirit: Isolation & Innovation

  1. Annelisa Stephan ⋅

    You are not alone! I was so impressed with all the great MN museums and sad I could not see even a fraction. I have to admit….I was dying to see the giant ball of twine about an hour outside Minneapolis. Besides the fact that I love twine, the single-minded determination (with a bit of madness) needed to assemble the ball of twine appeals to me. Minnesota’s Watts Towers?

  2. Annelisa, Thank you! Its great to not be so alone out here! I’ll visit the Ball of Twine this Spring just for you! I also want to visit Laura Ingles Wilder Museum and the Kensington Ruin Stone Museum. The best is that I seem to find parts of my identity in each museum and have a way to share that with you!

    • Annelisa Stephan ⋅

      Thanks Paige! I love the personal connections you are making and sharing, and I can’t wait to vicariously twine-ify.

  3. I love that you’re visiting so many museums! My home state is woefully behind when it comes to celebrating how awesome museums are. You are really lucky!

    • Adrianne- Thank you I really am having fun discovering museums here! I was just at the Museum of Broadcasting where they showed me Main Storage! Tomorrow I’ll visit an amazing Sculpture Park/Mini-Golf/Organic farm that is full of huge kinetic sculptures to play golf on and around. Even though Im doing a Museum-A-Day for Museum Month, I don’t visit one every day and I know I will do this much longer then just a month!

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