BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Living History And Outdoor Museums’

  • Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, Connecticut runs a video blog with great informational videos on their programs, projects, and interpretation philosophy. Learn how they work with volunteers, reach out to young audiences through experiential learning, and bring historic trades to life for modern visitors. Check out the other videos […]

  • Ruth J. Abram’s article, based on a plenary presentation at the 2015 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference, discusses one unique museum’s revitalization of a struggling rural town. The sleepy town of New Lebanon in upstate New York was quietly fading away, losing its people and businesses to other larger towns in the Northeast. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Too often, written interpretive manuals are merely compilations of facts—if these manuals exist at all.  Drawing from best practice in the field of interpretation—along with techniques borrowed from exhibition development, material culture studies, and even Walt Disney Imagineering—this Technical Leaflet describes strategies for focusing and organizing a written manual that will help to ensure meaningful […]

  • Interpreting slavery, with its powerful resonances, is a privilege and a great responsibility. We have an obligation to the public to share a comprehensive and conscientious story of the past, especially as studies show that the public considers museums to be their most trusted source of historical information. The Tracing Center conducted a survey to […]

  • The Economic Contribution of Museums in Minnesota is a study commissioned by the Minnesota Association of Museums with funding from  the University of Minnesota’s Tourism Center Carlson Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Chair. The study provides insight into one state’s vibrant museum community as well as ways others might measure and/or benchmark their own state’s (or region’s) economic impact. […]

  • Teens can be a tricky audience for a history museum.  How can you involve them in your institution? This case study chronicles the redevelopment of the Junior Historian program at Dallas Heritage Village. Over the past five years, it has evolved from a group of minimally involved teen volunteers into an active, dynamic group that […]

  • Difficult histories include the recollections of trauma, oppression, and violence. The challenge for museum workers to develop ethical representations of difficult histories is finding an equitable equation for combining the three conceptual components: Faces, Real content, and Narratives. When combined, these three components are the building blocks for developing ethical representations of difficult histories. A […]

  • This 2008 Tech Talk by Aaron Novodvorsky and Ellen Miller is the second part of two discussing historical markers for 24/7 access to interpretation of place.  

  • This 2008 Tech Talk by Aaron Novodvorsky and Ellen Miller is part one of two that provide the basic discussion points when considering historical markers to provide 24/7 interpretation of place.