Archive for the ‘Education and Interpretation’ Category

  • The Woodlands Cemetery is a 54-acre National Historic Landmark in the University City neighborhood in Philadelphia. Formerly the estate of 18th-century botanist and plant collector William Hamilton, The Woodlands was purchased in 1840 when the mansion and picturesque grounds were repurposed as a rural cemetery [1]. Today, the space serves as a community hub and popular green space […]

  • AASLH has been giving a lot of attention recently to how we as interpreters use language. “We live by stories,” wrote Nobel winner Elie Wiesel. And so do history organizations and the communities we serve. As AASLH puts it, “Stories explain how things are, why they are, and their role and purpose.” But what makes […]

  • Digital technology is vast, constantly changing, and increasingly necessary to understand and utilize if your site wants to stay relevant. Here are four ideas from Leadership in History Awards winning projects on some ways to leverage technology to support your mission and engage diverse audiences. Create an Immersive Experience The more senses people engage in […]

  • If your organization is looking for creative ways to engage your audience, here are four Leadership in History Awards winning projects with some unique approaches: Twitter Reenactment Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area commemorated the sesquicentennial of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, through a reenactment on Twitter. The raid took place between pro-slavery Bushwhackers and abolitionist-leaning Jayhawkers […]

  • Want to explore the intersection between the natural sciences and history at your organization? Here are three takeaways from AASLH Leadership in History Awards award-winning projects on how to tell captivating stories of environmental history: 1. Leverage Local Interests Environmental history can cover extraordinarily long spans of times. One side effect is that sometimes it feel […]

  • As a former classroom teacher and a current front-line interpreter with the National Park Service, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with and educating literally tens of thousands of k-12 students. I didn’t anticipate this turn of events when I first dreamed of being an educator. Early in my training I decided that I wanted […]

  • Over the weekend, I was having a conversation with my husband, who works for a regional financial institution. He told me that his company recently hired a Chief Storyteller. Their job is to travel throughout their region to gather stories from fellow employees and clients about how they used the bank to achieve financial confidence. […]

  • The Welk Homestead State Historic Site, a farm located near Strasburg in south central North Dakota, features a historic house, built in 1899 of sun-dried mud brick known locally as batsa. This is not a house of the wealthy, with beautiful decorative arts, but rather the comfortably and simply furnished house of an immigrant family— […]

  • Memento Mori is a style of art that was popular from the 15th century through the 17th century, which gets its name from the Latin phrase meaning “remember you must die.” The style is marked by images of skulls and corpses and is intended to encourage the viewer to contemplate their own mortality. In a […]

  • The idea for Real World History came to me on a bus, and like so many good ideas, I borrowed it from someone else. Retired northern Virginia history teacher Jim Percoco, wrote a wonderful book called A Passion for the Past, which I started reading on the bus ride home from a summer teacher workshop. Page 11 set […]