When 1991 is Ancient History

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When 1991 is Ancient History

By: grabitsdm | August 17, 2010
The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an article on Tuesday August 17, 2010, about Beloit College's annual list of what incoming Freshmen know. Contained in the list are hints about material culture that will be important for local historical organizations to consider as exhibits and public programs get developed. The list also underscores the importance of collecting today so that those in the future will understand us today.

What surprises you from this list? Are any of the items mentioned already in your collections? In what ways might you use a list like this to prepare for exhibits, public programs, publications, and more?