Historic Preservation and Exhibitions
Thomas Edison National Historical Park, "Mina Mondays"
“Mina Mondays” is the 2022 recipient of the SHFG award
for Historic Preservation and Exhibitions. Thomas Edison National Historical Park launched a social media campaign
engaging visitors while increasing accessibility of public programming via
weekly video segments. Using Mina Edison’s historic kitchen at Glenmont, “Mina Mondays” aired via social media in a bi-monthly
series in which the museum curator featured one of thousands of Mina’s recipes.
The cooking demonstrations discussed the history of the recipe while
contextualizing the role of
domestic work in men’s public successes. Their fresh, participatory approach asked viewers to try the recipes
themselves, report on their experiences, and contribute to new adaptations of
Mina Edison’s culinary repertoire. The programming has since expanded to
include other artifacts in Glenmont’s collection.
Mina Mondays is a living history demonstration adapted
for a twenty-first century audience. With the popularity of cooking shows, the
programming taps into a whole new audience of cooking enthusiasts and makes
real, tangential connections with history by creating participatory experiences.
In attending primarily to a figure
largely hidden from history, Mina Edison, and asking viewers to feel their way
into her daily life, the National Park Service entry is exemplary public