BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Interpretation’

  • Downton Abbey may be over, but interest in the relationships between domestic servants and their employers lives on. Incorporating domestic servants into tours and programs continues to be an engaging way to provide a more inclusive and nuanced interpretation of the past. This Historic House Call will highlight primary source materials that can be applied […]

  • Do you interpret the institution of slavery or the lives of enslaved people at your historic site/museum? Join us as we share the theoretical underpinnings for interpreting slavery, including how contested narratives and race play a role in the giving/receiving of interpretation. This webinar will help you achieve a greater understanding of the difficult knowledge […]

  • The tragic shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last June precipitated a national outcry against the Confederate flag. State leaders in Alabama and South Carolina removed it from capitol grounds. Walmart and other retailers discontinued merchandise bearing the flag. Meanwhile, the controversy expanded to include Confederate monuments and statues. Americans’ fury, on […]

  •   While introducing the topic of religion into regular museum tours can be tricky, there are some site histories that require some mention in order to fully understand the influence that faith had on that specific family or event. One such museum that deals with the issue of religion for that reason is Surratt House […]

  • Collections of textiles—historic costume, quilts, needlework samplers, and the like—have benefited greatly from the digital turn in museum and archival work. Both institutional online repositories and collections-based social media sites have fostered unprecedented access to textile collections that have traditionally been marginalized in museums. How can curators, interpreters, and collections managers make best use of […]

  • Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites is framed by educational psychoanalytic theory and positions museum workers, public historians, and museum visitors as learners. Through this lens, museum workers and public historians can develop compelling and ethical representations of historical individuals, communities, and populations who have suffered. It includes various examples of difficult knowledge, […]

  • Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Through […]

  • What is A.S.K., you ask? It stands for ALHFAM (The Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums) Skill & Knowledge Base, which can provide you with keyword search access to over 25,000 digitized ALHFAM-published documents and other ALHFAM resources, right at your fingertips. ALHFAM members now have access to all of these resources. Just go to the new top-level […]

  • Join AASLH’s Middle Tennessee StEPs group for a one-day workshop focusing on evaluating and improving the interpretation at your museum or historic site. Max van Balgooy, president of Engaging Places, LLC, a design and strategy firm that helps connect people with historic places, will present effective strategies for interpreting history and the humanities at museums […]

  • In her first column of 2015, Carol Kammen discusses the triumphs and challenges of sending your historical “children” out into the world. When you share your research, exhibits, and projects with the community, you hope they inspire and educate. But they may just as easily be ignored or misinterpreted. Kammen describes taking a tour that […]