When I think of "primary" and "secondary" sources, my mind goes directly to museums. To understand why my mind thinks of museums you have to know what "primary", and "secondary" sources mean:
- The "first" source (actual source)
- You have to have a primary source to make a historical assumption
- Examples.) Letter, Contract, Photo, Interview, Diary, Original Video (from original source)
- These are the ones that we use (in school)
- Examples.) Textbook's, You Tube Video, Book's, Film's
Can Create a Secondary Source From...
- Connecting primary sources
- Looking at other secondary sources
- Gathering information from primary, and secondary sources
When Looking At Sources: (This is what workers from Pawn Stars has to do ;))
- Trust the source of information.
- Do they look authentic?
- Are the people who are writing qualified to write?
- Is the story biased?
- Was there any editing/staging done to make the photos/videos look a certain way?
A building where historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are kept and exhibited.
Why do we have museums?
Museums come in all different shapes, and sizes, and are located all over the world. There are a whole bunch of different types of museums. Some are: fine arts, applied arts, craft, history, cultural history, military history, science, technology, children's museums, natural history...and more. Even though there are a lot of different types of museums, they all have the same intentions. There intentions are to share information about the past. Each type of museum distributes there information in there own way, even though there are a few things that they have in common. Some of the things that they have in common are that they all have sources, whether they are primary or secondary. Some museums have primary sources, others have secondary sources, and some have a mix of both. The most common source that you would see in an museum would be a secondary source. The reason is that there can only be one primary source for something, but a whole bunch on replicas of an artifact (primary). Another reason why it is not common for a museum to have secondary sources and not primary sources is that primary sources are very expensive. In fact if you were going to by the famous painting call "the Mona Lisa" then you would have to bring at least 780 million dollars with you.
What types of things are in a museum?All of the things that go into a museum have to be significant
The significance of history depends on:
- If it was important at the time? If so, how important was it?
- If the consequences widespread and lasting?
- How much did the event symbolise an important issue or trend?
- Who it was important to?
In every single museum there has to be either primary sources (the original artifact); secondary sources (a replica of the original artifact); or both. If does not have any of those it is not a museum.