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Muse Stories joins cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. Leave us a review on iTunes, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram @MuseStories. Visit the Muse Curatorial Consulting Group website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. New podcasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday!

Muse Stories joins cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. Leave us a review on iTunes, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram @MuseStories. Visit the Muse Curatorial Consulting Group website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. New podcasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday!
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Muse Stories joins cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. Leave us a review on iTunes, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram @MuseStories. Visit the Muse Curatorial Consulting Group website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. New podcasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday!

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Episodes

S3E12: The Unusual History of Wedding Dresses

9/10/2019
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You may think you know everything about wedding dresses: They're white and pretty, there are TV shows about choosing them, etc., but you'd be wrong! You may be surprised to know that wedding dresses have an unusual history that includes evil colors, bad fairies, bridesmaid bodyguards and keeping away trolls! That's right, trolls.

Duration:00:39:21

S3E11: In the Field: Conservation of a WWII Japanese Flag

8/27/2019
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Welcome to another In the Field episode! Today Karen is interviewing one of our private clients. He came to us with his grandfather's Japanese flag from World War II. The flag needed some tender loving care, and while working on it, we discovered its unusual history.

Duration:00:46:01

S3E10: The Darker Side of DNA

8/13/2019
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In the last episode we talked a lot about the happier side of DNA, how our DNA is processed through various companies, and we found out what Karen was made up of! Now we are delving into the darker side: crime scenes, forensics, the Golden State Killer and even Jack the Ripper! So sit back and enjoy, but be careful: Everything you touch, everywhere you go, you leave a little piece of yourself behind.

Duration:00:32:08

S3E9: What the DNA? Part 1

7/23/2019
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In the last episode we gave you a little teaser into the world of DNA and what we could possibly find out about Karen's. Today we pull back the veil and tell you all the odd things we uncovered about Karen's ancestry! Could she be related to Queens? Serial killers? Find out now! You'll also get to hear all about these DNA tests, what they're all about, and what they do with our samples.

Duration:00:44:05

S3E8: DNA Teaser

7/9/2019
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There are so many people who think they are half this and 25% that or even on that rare occasion, 100% of something. In today's world we have the ability to send our spit in the mail and 2 weeks later get the results to the age old question: Who are you? So that is exactly what we had Karen do! In this week's episode we take you step by step through the process of getting Karen's DNA into that little tube, despite her fears of having her DNA become weaponized, so we can find out what exactly...

Duration:00:13:49

S3E7: In the Field: Texas Archaeological Society Field School

6/25/2019
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Karen takes you In the Field at the Texas Archaeology Society field school she attends every year! This year they partnered with Texas State Parks & Wildlife in Palo Duro Canyon State Park to look for new sites and check on previously discovered ones. Karen and her father worked on excavating a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men. So take a listen to what...

Duration:00:12:56

S3E6: In the Field: Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

6/11/2019
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Welcome to our special In the Field episode of our podcast, Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing. Every so often when Karen and I are out at a special location, we will upload a shorter In the Field podcast, usually accompanied by one or more short videos. This week you are in luck because I have 3 short videos! You can watch them all on YouTube by searching Muse Stories, or go directly to our website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. In April my family and I took a trip down to...

Duration:00:11:15

S3E5: The Unusual History of Ancient Drinks

5/28/2019
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This week's podcast takes you on a quick tour of ancient drinks complete with some odd history and bits of floating lamb fat! Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy of Muse Curatorial Consulting Group also made an accompanying video where they taste test 6 ancient recipes. Don't miss it, it's kinda gross! Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxryFVhJme0 Special thanks to our producer Jessica Crossman, and our director of photography Ryan Crossman!

Duration:00:28:47

S3E4: The Unusual History of Ancient Food

5/13/2019
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Whether ancient or modern, there are few things that occupy our minds most of the day other than that savory first bite, or that decadent delight of dessert. For decades, archaeologists have discovered microscopic remnants of grains and other foods within vessels and around fire pits. Not only are these discoveries important to learn about the eating and drinking habits of people long gone, but genetic evidence can help us pinpoint the location for domestication of plants and animals, and it...

Duration:00:35:35

S3E3: The Unusual History of the Tooth Fairy

4/22/2019
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We all start out with baby teeth, but interestingly enough, only children in America believe giving their teeth to a fairy is a normal, expected, and dare I say profitable thing. Rivaled only by children’s belief in Santa and the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy has created her own following of millions of kids –- and that number grows daily. I suppose a nice, magical fairy is more comforting to kids who are literally losing parts of their body! But where did this magical tooth-loving sprite...

Duration:00:44:50

S3E2: The Unusual History of Pizza, Part 2

4/8/2019
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The history of pizza is so full of yummy goodness (and a few FDA-approved bug parts), that we had to separate it into 2 parts! Bon appetit!

Duration:00:20:44

S3E1: The Unusual History of Pizza, Part 1

3/26/2019
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Welcome to Season 3 of Muse Stories! What better way to celebrate than with some pizza? From pizza ovens made from Mt. Vesuvius lava rocks to flattened teeth from harsh pizza dough grains, we serve it all up in this week's episode. We've also created 2 videos to go along with this podcast, so check them out on www.MuseCuratorial.com or search Muse Stories on YouTube!

Duration:00:33:14

S2E10: Protecting Collections from Natural Disasters, Part 2

3/11/2019
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This week's podcast is Part 2 of the panel discussion Karen and Melanie participated on at the California Association of Museums conference. The Muse Stories podcast is the audio of that discussion. Part 2 is Melanie talking about the many ways museums can protect their objects from earthquakes, water damage, fires and accidents, and a nice Q & A at the end. Enjoy!

Duration:00:21:54

S2E9: Protecting Collections from Natural Disasters, Part 1

2/26/2019
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Karen Lacy, from Muse Curatorial Consulting Group, and Barbara Forsyth, from the Mingei Museum, participate in a panel discussion at the California Association of Museums. Part 1 is Karen's presentation on the 1978 fire at the San Diego Air & Space Museum that destroyed almost all of the collection. Barbara speaks on the recent move of the Mingei's entire 26,000+ collection due to building renovations, and what they are doing now with that clean slate.

Duration:00:37:49

S2E8: The Unusual History of Calendars, Part 2

2/11/2019
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Join cultural object preservationists, Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy, as they continue uncovering the unusual history of calendars! Special thanks to our podcast producer, Jessica Crossman. Follow us on Instagram @musestories and visit our website for all our videos and info www.MuseCuratorial.com.

Duration:00:32:58

S2E7: The Unusual History of Calendars Part 1

1/21/2019
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No matter who we are or what we do, calendars play a major role in our lives. We organize, plan, celebrate and count down with the use of a calendar. And we’re not the first ones. Early on, the first people would measure time by observing the period of light and dark that alternated continuously. The earliest calendars were strongly influenced by the geographic location of the people who made them. Put Part 2 of this podcast into your calendar now, because Part 1 may just surprise you!...

Duration:00:25:27

S2E6: The Unusual History of Birthdays

1/7/2019
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Once a year a special day comes and goes with either pomp and circumstance or indifference, depending on who you are. If you were an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, you would celebrate the day you were born as a god, not the day you were born as a man. If you were in Ancient Rome, celebrating birthdays was super cool, complete with special cakes -- but only if you were a man.

Duration:00:36:32

S2E5: Christmas Edition

12/11/2018
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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Muse Stories and Muse Curatorial Consulting Group! Because of the busy holiday season, we wanted to do a short podcast on our Christmas traditions, but we will be back in full force in January! In the meantime, stay safe, enjoy family and Happy New Year! www.MuseCuratorial.com @MuseStories

Duration:00:13:28

S2E4: The Unusual History of Pioneer Park

11/27/2018
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In a quaint neighborhood in San Diego, Pioneer Park is somewhere kids play and families picnic under the eucalyptus tress...not knowing that an estimated 4,000 bodies are buried in the ground beneath them. It's the perfect setting for another Poltergeist movie: They moved the tombstones, but not the bodies. Welcome to Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing, where today we take a look at the old Calvary Cemetery and its morbid history. Special thanks to our podcast producer, Jessica...

Duration:00:23:15

S2E3: The Unusual History of Doll Houses

11/13/2018
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Muse Stories joins cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. This week they explore the unusual history of doll houses. Originally designed for adults, doll houses have a long history in Western culture. Meant as displays of wealth, they have become synonymous with childhood and the acting out of domesticity. Let's explore some of the miniature houses we recently came across. Visit Muse Curatorial Consulting Group at...

Duration:00:22:59