Summer 2013 coverTeens 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 has a strong presence at the Village year-round. More importantly, teens have also begun developing interpretative exhibits in two historic structures.

Author Melissa Prycer shares lessons learned, challenges, and tips for you to better integrate the teen voice into your institution.

Takeaway Messages

  • Trusting teens with history can have a powerful effect on your museum.
  • Giving teens (or any volunteer group) ownership in a project can lead to greater involvement in other areas of the museum’s work.

Questions for Readers

  1. As you read the article, think about ways you integrate teens into programs you already offer.
  2. What are some ways you can reach out to the teens in your community (or the teens already visiting your museum)?