Boring, uninspiring tours are a burden for the whole history field; they do nothing to encourage repeat visitation or positive word-of-mouth reputation. This Historic House Call session presents the key elements necessary for creating engaging and memorable tour experiences that enhance visitors’ personal connections with historic houses and sites.
The online webinar discussion will be led by Dale Jones, founder of Making History Connections. Dale is a recognized leader in the history, museum theatre, and living history fields as a creator of interpretive experiences and as an audience evaluator. Before founding Making History Connections he was a senior researcher at the Institute for Learning Innovation, a visitor research and evaluation organization. Prior to that he was Director of Interpretation at the Baltimore City Life Museums, a system of seven museums, historic houses, and living history sites in downtown Baltimore. While Director of Interpretation for the Baltimore City Life Museums, Jones infused living history, museum theater and hands-on programming into school and public tours and programs to help visitors connect with the past, serving over 200,000 students and general public.
Historic House Calls are free online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field and moderated by members of the AASLH Historic House Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion. Attendance is limited to AASLH members.