MEPD Alumna Is Exhibit Designer for Philly Mobile Museum

Jordan Klein MFA '13 (Museum Exhibition Planning & Design) designs traveling exhibitions for Philadelphia Public History Truck

October 23, 2013

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … history truck? Yep. The Philadelphia Public History Truck to be exact. And you can find its traveling exhibit designer Jordan Klein MFA ’13 (Museum Exhibition Planning & Design) behind the wheel.

Founded by Temple Public History grad Erin Bernard, the PPHT is a mobile museum devoted to telling the story of Philadelphia. Its mission is to make culture accessible through creative community building based in Philly neighborhoods via history exhibits.

The Philly History Truck has already starting collecting stories and artifacts from neighborhoods like East Kensington, which will result in an exhibit – expected next spring – that will be housed in the back of the truck. On loan from East Kensington Neighbors Association president Jeff Carpineta, the 25-year-old truck has been used for everything from transporting drum kits to rock gigs and delivering mail to selling water ice.

“We’re going to be serving history like we’re a food truck,” Bernard told the Philadelphia City Paper. “We’ll go to different locations in the city, tweet where we are, show up in front of random Philly schools – so that arts and humanities will be accessible in a different way.”

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The PPHT will traverse the city and bring people together in history exchanges and storytelling block parties to create exhibits in tandem with historical research by young, local historians. The Truck Project is a fusion of archival research, oral history and material culture study.

Above: Jordan Klein MFA ’13 (MEPD) and Erin Bernard.

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