Miles Barrett

When Al Byrne brought his grandchildren to visit the Gage Home, we gave them a task: tell us where to place a photo taken by Oz author L. Frank Baum of his son wearing a dress as little boys wore then. Seven-year-old Miles stepped up to bat and not only gave us the perfect position for the photo but also suggested we enlarge the boy in the photo so people would see him more clearly.  He gave us advice that no museum professional could have offered — from the perspective of the children who will view the photo and dialogue about gender and clothing.

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